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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Concurrent black bear hunting opportunities during deer season beginning Nov. 25, 2013

11/15/2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7 in all or parts of 29 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

            Nineteen mountain counties will be open to concurrent deer and bear hunting on private land only, and require hunters to have applied for and received a limited bear firearms season permit or be a resident landowner hunting on their own property to participate in the concurrent bear hunt. The counties open to limited bear hunting on private land during the buck-gun season include: Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster.

            Concurrent bear hunting during the buck-gun season on both public and private land will be open in Berkeley, Boone, Fayette, Hampshire, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, Preston and Raleigh counties. Hunters in these 10 counties do not need a limited bear firearms season permit to participate. This is an increase from the eight counties that were open for concurrent bear hunting during the buck-gun season in 2012.

            “Counties open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” Carpenter said. “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 smaller than average acorn crop of 2013 will mean that hunters will have to find areas where hickory and beech are abundant to be successful. These special seasons offer a unique opportunity for hunters who may have never bear hunted before to harvest a bear. We hope they take advantage of this additional chance.”

            Bear hunting opportunities continue after the buck-gun season as well. All or parts of 24 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without hounds from Dec. 9 through 31. In addition, all or parts of 37 counties will be open for bear hunting without hounds from Dec. 9 through 31. Successful hunters are encouraged to submit a premolar tooth from each harvested bear.

            Also, 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 or freeze them and contact their nearest DNR District Wildlife Office to arrange pickup. 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 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Contact Information

Colin Carpenter
304-256-6945
DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov