Black Bear Harvest Falls Slightly

 

West Virginia bear hunters saw fewer bears harvested in fall 2011 than the previous year.  The DNR reports the tally of black bears killed during the fall season was 2,007.    It represents a 16% drop from the 2010 season, but was not unexpected.    The 2010 season in which 2,392 bears were bagged was the highest kill on record.   The 2011 season ranked 3rd highest in history.

"As predicted in the 2011 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on the distribution of this year’s bear harvest,” said DNR Game Management Chief Paul Johansen. “Lower mast availability in 2011 allowed archers to pattern bears more effectively and led to an increased archery harvest. However, a shortage of fall foods drives bears to den earlier, which leads to a lower firearms harvest in the traditional December season. The firearm harvest for bears remained steady compared to previous years because of the early firearms seasons. These early seasons are designed to ensure that counties remain at their management goal.”

The breakdown finds 619 bears were killed during the archery season and 1,388 during the gun season.    The early season for 2011 saw hunters kill 631 bears and 76 were killed during the season which ran concurrently to the whitetail buck season.

The top five bear hunting counties in 2011 were Randolph at 148, Greenbrier 141, Pendleton 132, Pocahontas 112, and Webster 110.

2011 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

County

Archery

September

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

19

4

0

8

31

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

0

0

0

0

0

Marion

4

0

0

0

4

Marshall

1

0

0

0

1

Monongalia

4

0

0

0

4

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

56

46

0

27

129

Taylor

4

0

0

0

4

Tucker

27

24

0

39

90

Wetzel

2

0

0

1

3

Dist. I Subtotal

117

74

0

75

266

Berkeley

2

0

0

0

2

Grant

20

29

0

39

88

Hampshire

15

0

0

4

19

Hardy

25

42

0

57

124

Jefferson

1

0

0

0

1

Mineral

10

0

0

8

18

Morgan

2

0

3

2

7

Pendleton

14

41

0

91

146

Dist. II Subtotal

89

112

3

201

405

Braxton

7

12

0

7

26

Clay

8

1

0

19

28

Lewis

3

0

0

2

5

Nicholas

44

29

21

26

120

Pocahontas

15

50

0

62

127

Randolph

70

51

0

97

218

Upshur

5

0

0

3

8

Webster

41

60

0

50

151

Dist. III Subtotal

193

203

21

266

683

Fayette

32

38

14

14

98

Greenbrier

29

68

0

73

170

McDowell

15

20

0

12

47

Mercer

15

0

0

2

17

Monroe

14

0

0

7

21

Raleigh

31

26

8

6

71

Summers

12

0

0

1

13

Wyoming

34

14

0

1

49

Dist. IV Subtotal

182

166

22

116

486

Boone

9

25

14

7

55

Cabell

1

0

0

0

1

Kanawha

9

36

16

12

73

Lincoln

0

0

0

0

0

Logan

7

15

0

2

24

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

1

0

0

1

2

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. V Subtotal

27

76

30

22

155

Calhoun

4

0

0

0

4

Doddridge

1

0

0

0

1

Gilmer

3

0

0

0

3

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

1

0

0

1

2

Roane

2

0

0

0

2

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

11

0

0

1

12

State Total

619

631

76

681

2007

 

 

 





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