West Virginia 2011 Harvest ResultsWV DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine
West Virginia released their bear season harvest numbers this week. Bear hunters harvested less bears this year than in 2010, but this result was expected. The West Virginia DNR reported the total of black bears taken during 2011 was 2,007 and was a 16% drop from the year before which was a record setting year. This year, 2011, the season numbers ranked third highest in history.
The top five bear hunting counties in 2011 were Randolph (148), Greenbrier (141), Pendleton (132), Pocahontas (112) and Webster (110).
The DNR stated that lower mast availability allowed archers to pattern bears more effectively and led to an increased archery harvest. However, a shortage of fall foods drove bears to den earlier, which leads to a lower firearms harvest in the traditional December season.
The state breakdown showed 619 bears taken during archery season and 1,388 during the gun season.