West Virginia Sets Harvest Record in 2012WV DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine
West Virginia's DNR released the 2012 black bear harvest results yesterday. Hunters in the state tagged a record number of bears during their archery and firearms seasons. 2,683 black bears harvested represented a 34% increase from 2011 and is 12% higher than the previous record set back in 2010.
The West Virginia DNR stated that the numbers were buoyed by an abundant mast supply, an additional two weeks of archery hunting and multiple counties being open for a September firearms hunt. The breakdown for 2012 black bears tagged in the state were 746 bears taken during the archery season and 1,937 during multiple firearm seasons.