(01/15/2016)
West Virginia hunters harvested 3,195 black bears during the combined 2015 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2015 seasons were 17 percent higher than the previous record set in 2012 (2,735 bears).

The black bear harvest of 2015 marks the sixth time in six years that the harvest has topped 2,000.

The archery harvest increased a whopping 92 percent.

Hunters killed 1,140 bears during the 2015 archery season, including 710 with vertical bows and 430 with crossbows. The top five counties were Nicholas (90), Fayette (86), Wyoming (78), Randolph (74) and Webster (65).

Regional County Kill:

Clay 59

Braxton 48

Gilmer 11

Wirt 4

Calhoun 3

Ritchie 1

Roane 1


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