By Lars Dalseide | January 20 2014 12:47

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. 

“As always, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on the distribution of this year’s bear harvest,” said Johansen. “The 2013 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented the lowest statewide oak index in the survey’s history. However, oak mast was present in localized areas and was reported as most common in the higher elevations of the eastern mountains. An abundant beech and hickory crop statewide allowed the index for all hard mast to fall just 16 percent below the 42-year average. 

“Decreased mast conditions statewide allowed archers to pattern bears effectively and led to an increased archery harvest. Decreased mast conditions also led to a decline in the December firearms season harvest. The combined effects of firearms hunting with or without hounds in September and October and the concurrent bear and deer hunting seasons in 29 counties helped offset the decline in harvest during the December season.”

Hunters took 851 bears during the 2013 archery season. The top five counties were Wyoming (75), Fayette (61), Raleigh (58), Logan (52) and Randolph (52).

Firearms hunters harvested 1,831 bears during 2013. Hunters took 679 bears in September and October, 361 during the concurrent buck/bear season, and 791 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Randolph (245), Pendleton (201), Greenbrier (151), Webster (134) and Pocahontas (131).

2013 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

           

County

Archery

Sept/Oct

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

22

10

9

5

46

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

4

0

0

0

4

Marion

2

0

0

0

2

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

Monongalia

7

0

3

1

11

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

46

35

26

24

131

Taylor

4

0

0

0

4

Tucker

11

43

10

44

108

Wetzel

1

0

0

0

1

Dist. I Subtotal

97

88

48

74

307

Berkeley

2

0

0

0

2

Grant

7

27

11

45

90

Hampshire

20

0

12

3

35

Hardy

17

51

26

29

123

Jefferson

3

0

0

0

3

Mineral

7

8

2

5

22

Morgan

7

0

4

0

11

Pendleton

19

65

29

107

220

Dist. II Subtotal

82

151

84

189

506

Braxton

14

8

9

17

48

Clay

13

14

2

8

37

Lewis

3

0

4

0

7

Nicholas

35

39

26

45

145

Pocahontas

9

52

5

74

140

Randolph

52

87

17

141

297

Upshur

2

6

5

5

18

Webster

44

44

24

66

178

Dist. III Subtotal

172

250

92

356

870

Fayette

61

23

29

25

138

Greenbrier

29

43

17

91

180

McDowell

51

13

0

10

74

Mercer

27

0

2

3

32

Monroe

28

14

12

7

61

Raleigh

58

19

21

5

103

Summers

10

0

6

2

18

Wyoming

75

16

0

3

94

Dist. IV Subtotal

339

128

87

146

700

Boone

45

28

30

13

116

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

29

19

20

10

78

Lincoln

3

0

0

0

3

Logan

52

10

0

1

63

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

26

5

0

1

32

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

Dist. V Subtotal

156

62

50

25

293

Calhoun

2

0

0

0

2

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

0

Gilmer

0

0

0

0

0

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

2

0

0

1

3

Roane

1

0

0

0

1

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

5

0

0

1

6

State Total

851

679

361

791

2682

 

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