Experience the Thrill of the Hunt!

West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations are set by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. West Virginia provides a diverse selection of recreational opportunities for the avid hunter. McDowell County is in District 4.

Anawalt Lake

Approximately 20 miles southeast of Welch, access is provided by following state Route 103 south from Welch to state Route 161. Follow state Route 161 and county Route 84 to Anawalt. From Anawalt take county Route 8 to the Wildlife Management Area.

Size: 1,792 acres

Terrain: Steep slopes of mountainous hardwood forest with oak-hickory forest types on drier sites and yellow poplar/black cherry in the coves. Several administrative roads and trails provide interior access for foot travel only.

Hunting Prospects: Bear, Deer, Ruffed Grouse, Squirrel, Turkey

Fishing Opportunities:

Impoundment: 7 acres

Trout stocked

Game Fish: Warmwater Species

Accommodations and Facilities:

On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR

Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

Berwind Lake

Twelve miles south of Welch on state Routes 16 and 12/4.

Size: 85 acres

Hunting is limited due to area size.

Terrain: Open bordered forest

Hunting Prospects: Deer, Raccoon, Squirrel, Turkey

Fishing Opportunities:

Berwind Lake: 20 acres

Class Q fishing pier, Trout stocked

Game Fish: Trout, Warmwater Species

Accommodations and Facilities:

On the WMA:

www.berwindlake.com | (304) 875-2577

Campsites – 8 Primitive Sites

Playground, Swimming Area

Managed by WV State Parks

Owned by WVDNR

Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

Tug Fork

Approximately 10 miles northeast of Welch, access is provided by following U.S. Route 52 north to Premier. Several administrative roads and trails provide interior access for foot travel only.

Size: 6,673 acres

Terrain: Primarily mixed hardwood forest with oak-hickory forest types on drier sites and yellow poplar/black cherry in the coves

Hunting Prospects: Bear, Deer, Grouse, Squirrel, Turkey

Fishing Opportunities:

Tug Fork River

Game Fish: Warmwater Species

Accommodations and Facilities:

On the WMA: Camping is not permitted.

Owned by WVDNR

Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

Panther

From the town of Panther take state Routes 3/1 and 3/2.

Size: 7,810 acres

Terrain: Extremely mountainous with flat, narrow ridgetops and almost completely forested

Hunting Prospects: Deer (archery only), Grouse, Squirrel

Trapping: Bobcat, Fox

Fishing Opportunities:

Panther Creek: Trout stocked

Game Fish: Trout

Accommodations and Facilities:

www.pantherstateforest.com | (304) 938-2252

Campsites − 6 Tent/Trailer

60-capacity group camp

Hiking Trails, Swimming Pool

Managed by WV State Parks

Owned by WVDNR

Managed cooperatively by WV Division of Forestry and WVDNR, Wildlife Resources Section

For complete information on West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations set by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, visit www.wvdnr.gov.

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Best Seasons:Summer, Fall, Winter
Popular Location:Anawalt Lake, Berwind Lake, Tug Fork, Panther

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