West Virginia to Allow Airgun Hunting for Big Game

by
posted on May 19, 2022
Seal Of West VA With ASA Logo

The Airgun Sporting Association, the trade organization of the airgun industry, announced that West Virginia will soon be allowing air-rifle hunting for both small and big game.

On May 3, Governor Justice signed legislation that modified Article 2 (Wildlife Resources) of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding a new section (Section 20-2-5k). This new section legalized airguns for hunting both small and big game during regular firearms seasons, provided that county specific regulations do not prohibit firearms for deer hunting. The change prohibits the use of air rifles during muzzleloader seasons and the Mountaineer Heritage Season. Also, arrow shooting air rifles are prohibited for both small- and big-game hunting.

Some specifics in the new code include:

  • Air rifles used for big-game hunting must be at least .45 caliber and use at least a 200-grain bullet. Turkey hunting requires .22 caliber or larger.
  • Air rifles used for small game must be at least .22 caliber.
  • Air-rifle hunters are held to all other firearm hunting regulations and air rifles may not be discharged within 500 feet of a dwelling.

The West Virginia DNR will be finalizing air-rifle hunting regulations in the coming weeks.

“We are very excited to add West Virginia to the growing list of now over 24 states that allow airguns for big-game hunting” stated Mitch King, President. “Our goal is to work closely with our industry partners and the state wildlife agencies to develop their proposed regulations, legislative language and airgun safety training programs”.

To join the ASA or to see a map of states which allow airguns for hunting, visit airgunsporting.org and click on the Regulations tab.

Latest

Lededavidsons And Kimber
Lededavidsons And Kimber

Davidson's Adds Kimber Manufacturing

Davidson’s firearms, ammunition, optics and accessories wholesalers has announced the addition of Kimber Manufacturing to its firearms product line category.

An Offseason Plan to Improve Your Wingshooting Skills

Were you dissatisfied with your shotgunning skills last hunting season? If you answered, “yes,” now is the time to devise a strategy to up your game.

SCOTUS Annuls ATF Rule on Bump Stocks

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) unlawfully exceeded its authority by classifying bump stocks as machineguns.

One Mandatory Storage Bill Signed While Another Passes Committee

A pair of anti-gun bills find success on separate coasts.

Gun Control Group Loses Control of Firearm

Earlier this month, a group billing itself as Humanium Metal was participating in a firearm disposal put on by the Maine Gun Safety Coalition. During the course of the process, traditional rules of Gun Safety were not respected and a muzzleloader was negligently discharged.

Review: Ruger Super Redhawk .22 Hornet

The Super Redhawk has long been known as a durable, dependable DA/SA revolver for the handgun hunter or backcountry defender. Now the platform has expanded into the light-shooting varminting realm with .22 Hornet.

Interests



Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.