From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will be held Nov. 22 to Dec. 4 in all or parts of 10 West Virginia counties.
Morgan, Hampshire, Nicholas (private land), Greenbrier (private land) and Mercer counties were added this year to Kanawha, Boone, Fayette, Raleigh and Monongalia counties for concurrent bear hunting during the traditional buck gun season.
Counties open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above management objectives, and need additional bears harvested to meet their goal. Timing is critical, and the concurrent buck-gun bear season occurs when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods.
The abundant mast crop of 2010 means many bears will still be out of their dens and available for harvest. Bear hunting opportunities do not end after the buck-gun season. All or parts of 24 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without hounds Dec. 6 to 31.
Also, all or parts of 37 counties will be open for bear hunting without hounds Dec. 6 to 31, and for the first time since 1964, all 55 counties have a firearms bear season Dec. 6 through 31.
Hunters are reminded to purchase bear damage stamps as well as an appropriate hunting license. Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36-39 of the 2010-2011 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary online at http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/hunting_regs.shtm.