West Virginia Hunters Harvest Record 2,392 Black Bears in 2010

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va
. – West Virginia hunters harvested a record 2,392 black bears during the combined 2010 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined seasons in 2010 was 14 percent higher than the previous record of 2,069 established in 2008.

“As predicted in the 2010 Hunting Outlook, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on this year’s record bear harvest,” said Johansen. “Traditionally, favorable mast conditions lead to lower archery harvests.  However, abundant food sources kept many bears active into early winter.  In addition, there were numerous counties opened to extended hunting seasons designed to help those counties reach management objectives.”

Hunters took 454 bears during the 2010 archery season. The top five counties were Randolph (44), Preston (39), Webster (38), Fayette (33) and Nicholas (25).

Firearms hunters took a record harvest of 1,938 bears during 2010. Hunters took 462 bears in September, 309 during the concurrent buck/bear season and 1,167 during the traditional December season. Top five counties were Greenbrier (219), Pendleton (192), Randolph (190), Pocahontas (175) and Webster (135).

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2010 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Archery

September

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

14

1

0

16

31

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

1

0

0

0

1

Marion

0

0

0

0

0

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

Monongalia

4

0

7

0

11

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

39

17

0

35

91

Taylor

3

0

0

0

3

Tucker

11

25

0

67

103

Wetzel

0

0

0

0

0

District I Subtotal

72

43

7

118

240

Berkeley

1

0

0

1

2

Grant

21

16

0

63

100

Hampshire

2

0

51

7

60

Hardy

18

30

0

79

127

Jefferson

1

0

0

1

2

Mineral

10

0

0

16

26

Morgan

2

0

7

3

12

Pendleton

15

42

0

150

207

Dist. II Subtotal

70

88

58

320

536

Braxton

8

7

0

36

51

Clay

4

0

0

31

35

Lewis

3

0

0

2

5

Nicholas

25

25

57

45

152

Pocahontas

10

42

0

133

185

Randolph

44

46

0

144

234

Upshur

1

0

0

21

22

Webster

38

34

0

101

173

Dist. III Subtotal

133

154

57

513

857

Fayette

33

28

31

28

120

Greenbrier

21

76

47

96

240

McDowell

22

5

0

6

33

Mercer

7

0

3

0

10

Monroe

10

0

0

22

32

Raleigh

12

12

34

11

69

Summers

5

0

0

1

6

Wyoming

15

8

0

2

25

Dist. IV Subtotal

125

129

115

166

535

Boone

12

22

35

28

97

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

13

16

37

12

78

Lincoln

1

0

0

0

1

Logan

18

10

0

5

33

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

5

0

0

1

6

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

Dist. V Subtotal

50

48

72

46

216

Calhoun

0

0

0

3

3

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

0

Gilmer

3

0

0

0

3

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

1

0

0

0

1

Roane

0

0

0

1

1

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

4

0

0

4

8

State Total

454

462

309

1167

2392

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