West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Black bear gun hunting opportunities

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia gun hunters are blessed with an abundance of black bear hunting opportunities, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. In addition to a five-week bow season for black bears, hunters may use a variety of different methods to pursue this magnificent animal, including concurrent hunting during the deer gun season, and hunting with or without dogs. Each of these seasons is county specific so hunters should consult the 2011–2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for specifics.

A concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 21 – Dec. 3 in all or parts of seven counties. Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas (private land), and Raleigh counties will be open for concurrent bear hunting during the traditional buck-gun season. This is a decrease from the 10 counties that were open for concurrent bear hunting during the buck-gun season in 2010.

“Counties that will be open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” said Carpenter. “In addition, timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the concurrent buck-gun bear season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods. The spotty hard mast crop of 2011 means that hunters, to be successful, will have to find specific areas where bears are feeding. These special seasons offer a rare opportunity for hunters who may have never hunted bear and we hope that they take advantage of this additional chance.”

Bear hunting opportunities abound after the buck-gun season as well. All or parts of 24 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without dogs from Dec. 5–31. In addition, all or parts of 37 counties will be open for bear hunting without dogs from Dec. 5–31.

Successful hunters are encouraged to submit a premolar tooth from each harvested bear. In addition, hunters who harvest a female black bear are encouraged to save the reproductive tract or all the entrails. Hunters can get a bear tooth envelope at all official game checking stations. Hunters with reproductive tracts or entrails should keep them cool and contact their nearest DNR District Wildlife Office to arrange a pick-up. Data obtained from tooth samples and reproductive tracts are used for black bear population monitoring.

Hunters are reminded to purchase their bear damage stamp as well as an appropriate hunting license. Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36–39 of the 2011–2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Contact Information

Colin Carpenter, Wildlife Resources Section