Limited bear permits planned

PARKERSBURG -Applications are available for a concurrent bear hunting season without dogs, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The hunt will be held from Nov. 25-Dec. 7 on private land in Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Mineral, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster counties, Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the division, said.

The counties will be open for concurrent bear hunting during the traditional buck-gun season by permit only. Resident landowners, their resident children or resident tenants who live on the land are not required to apply for a limited bear firearms season permit or purchase a class DS bear hunting stamp to bear hunt on their own land.

“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,” Carpenter said.

“Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the limited bear firearms season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods,” he said.

Each hunter must prepare a separate application that must be signed, dated, legible, complete and received by the DNR Application Section by Aug. 19. Successful applicants will be sent a permit in October. The permit will indicate the county in which the applicant may hunt and provide instructions for obtaining a class DS stamp.

Neither the permit nor the class DS stamp is transferrable and the county of hunt cannot be changed.

Applications will be available online at, hunting license agents, division district offices, the Elkins Operations Center and the division main office in South Charleston.

Completed applications must be mailed to the Application Section, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067. For more information on bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36-39 of the 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.