West Virginia offers decent access to the state’s excellent hunting and fishing. The state has just more than 1.5 million acres of public land, roughly 10 percent of the state’s area.

Pruntytown State Farm

• 1,764 acres

• An active beef cattle farm managed by the state of West Virginia

• Offers deer, turkey, dove, small game and predator hunting

Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area

• 3,030 acres

• Hunting for deer, turkey, grouse, waterfowl and small game

• Fishing for bass, bluegill, crappie, pike and walleye on 1,750-acre lake

Nathaniel Mountain Wildlife Management Area

• 10,675 acres

• Good bear, deer, and turkey hunting

• 75 campsites available

Monongahela National Forest

• 921,000 acres

• Good trout fishing in mountain streams, warm water species fishing in ponds and lakes

• Excellent deer and turkey hunting

New River Gorge National River

• 70,000 acres

• Excellent fishing for trout and warm water species

• Deer, turkey and small-game hunting

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Monongahela National Forest

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