West Virginia bear hunting is allowed via drawing in new areas this year.
Bear-rich regions of West Virginia will be opened to hunting lottery until August 18, 2014, and the state’s Division of Natural Resources is making sure hunters are aware of the changes.
A total of 17 new areas will be offered to hunters to be part of the state’s “buck-bear” season, a special firearms season that coincides with West Virginia’s antlered deer season.
The “buck-bear” season alignment began last season in these areas, but only on private land. It’s now expanded to include public land hunting as well.
What it boils down to is tens of thousands of acres of prime bear hunting locations.
“Counties that will be open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” said Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
“Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the limited bear firearms season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods. This is the second time that hunters in the majority of these counties will have the opportunity to harvest a black bear during the buck-gun season, and we hope they will take advantage of it,” continued Carpenter.
The 17 counties include Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster.