From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,682 Black Bears in 2013

Tracy Nicole Kindred's Black Bear South Charleston, West Virginia - West Virginia hunters harvested 2,682 black bears during the combined 2013 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 2013 seasons were nearly identical to the 2012 harvest of 2,691 bears. The black bear harvest of 2013 marks the fourth time in the past five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is the second highest harvest on record. 

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet Oct. 25-26 Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

Sighting in of rifles at the Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt. Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2013 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 25 and 26, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This will be the seventh year for the fundraising event that presents the proceeds to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program, administered by the West Virginia Food Bank in Gassaway.

Since its inaugural event in 2007, the One Shot has donated more than $300 thousand to the HHH Program. The event is supported by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, volunteers from the private business sector and individuals who act as guides for participating hunters. All hunting takes place on private land so as not to interfere with other hunters. Only antlerless deer are harvested, helping to control populations on those lands. All venison harvested during the hunt is donated directly to the HHH program.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia’s Deer and Bear Archery Seasons to Open in September

Tracy Nicole Kindred's Black Bear SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013 archery seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear open on Saturday, September 28. The bear archery season is a split season (September 28-November 23 and December 9 - December 31). The deer archery season runs through December 31.

This is the second year the black bear archery season will have both a September start and an extended December segment. “The black bear population continues to expand,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “We believe the expanding population can sustain an extended archery season and provide a great deal of recreational opportunity.”

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - Permit Applications Available for Special Deer Hunt from National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va.

Green Bank, West Virginia - The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, W.Va, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).

Submitting an application enters the hunter in a drawing for a maximum of two (2) days on the NRAO site. Applications for the drawing must be received by NRAO on or before August 2, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by mail and issued a special NRAO letter of authorization to deer hunt. Only hunters who have made application and have received a letter for a particular day or days can hunt. “Walk-ons” will not be permitted to hunt.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - New Sporting Clays Facility Opening at Canaan Valley Resort, Ribbon Cutting set for May 17, 11 a.m.

Sporting Clays facility opening in West Virginia

A new sporting clays five stand clay target field is set to open in West Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort State Park during Memorial Day weekend.

“The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley Resort can enjoy,” said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - West Virginia’s Spring Gobbler Season Opens April 22, 2013

It's turkey hunting time in West Virginia South Charleston, West Virginia - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources encourages all spring gobbler hunters to get their turkey calls out and tuned up in preparation for the upcoming season opener. The four-week season begins Monday, April 22, and closes on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Hunters may kill only one bearded turkey per day and are allowed two per season.

“Unlike 2012, when spring green-up came early, this year winter is still hanging on and very few trees have leaves out yet,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “Therefore, the late appearance of spring will likely increase the distance hunters can hear a gobbler. However, the peak of gobbling occurs near the end of April or early May as hens go to incubate their clutches, so hunters shouldn’t be surprised if they hear more birds at that time. Gobblers will also be more willing to come to calls once hens have gone to incubate their clutches so hunters should continue hunting as the season progresses.

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From FNH USA, LLC - FNH USA Partners with Peacemaker National Training Center

The Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

McLean, VA - FNH USA, LLC is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Peacemaker National Training Center (PNTC), one of the largest competitive shooting facilities in the U.S., to support enhancements to their main shooting complex, Liberty Range, and a separate 250-acre area used for 3-gun competition. Among the enhancements include the construction of brand-new 30-foot tall tower.

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From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources - New West Virginia Apprentice Hunting License Available Online

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License (Class AH) is now available online, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The license allows people to try hunting without completing a hunter education course.

“Hunter safety education can be a hurdle for novice hunters and we're really expecting to see many new hunters take advantage of this opportunity,” said Jezioro. "After these novice hunters get a taste of the experience, we believe they will complete hunter safety courses and become lifetime hunters."

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West Virginia poised to take 2013 collegiate rifle title after strong start in Air Rifle Championship

Air rifle shooters at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio - The close overall standings between teams after yesterday's Smallbore Championship have become a little wider today at the Air Rifle Championship. The final portion of the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships, today will decide this year's national champion.

With Relay #1's scores in and Relay #2 well underway, each shot gives us a clearer picture of who will walk away a champion.

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