I’ve been pondering a question. What is it about bear hunting that makes it different for me personally as a hunter, compared to that of deer or elk hunting? As hunters, I think, collectively we can all agree that there is an indescribable excitement, respect and remorse cocktail that wells up within our souls when we take an animal’s life. This cocktail overflows for me when it comes to bear. I have a great and wonderous admiration for bear and their life force.
When it comes to hunting Virginia was never as high on the destination list among non-resident bear hunters as other states. In 2019-2020 visiting hunters contributed about eight percent of the annual harvest but there are reasons to believe that percentage may increase in coming years. To help control rising bear numbers, hunting seasons have been extended by a few days, others by a week or so.

Whether you are an experienced bear hunter or a novice, there is always something to learn and skills to develop when hunting new states, especially the western states.
Tallow (animal fat) based soaps have been around as long history has been recorded. Originally used for cleaning clothes, it eventually became something that we found fitting to use on ourselves.
Hunting is under attack. If you don’t believe me, check out www.howlforwildlife.org and notice the action items they have available for you to comment on to make your voice heard. From bear hunting coast to coast, to beagles used to hunt rabbits (yes, you read that right), we, as hunters are being assaulted relentlessly by the well-funded and organized anti-hunting establishments across the United States. We could use some victories. January 21st, 2022, in Washington, we got one. To quote Robert Kroger, Founder of Blood Origins, “Today we took one step closer to getting back the spring black bear (hunt). It’s just one step. Not the finish line. It’s a full court press to March 1st.”