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Two bear may be taken with a bow during the bear archery season or one each in the archery and firearms seasons combined, provided at least one bear must be taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh or Wyoming counties. Only one bear may be taken per day. No person may take more than two bears annually during the archery and firearms seasons combined.
The use of dogs while bow hunting for black bear is illegal during the bear archery season.
Two bears may be taken during the bear firearms season
provided that at least one bear must be taken in Boone,
A bow, but not a crossbow, may be substituted for a firearm during bear firearms season.
Special Seasons and Restrictions
*Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs
A special controlled Black Bear season will be open December 3-29, 2012
on Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs in Hampshire County.
Hunters who use dogs must apply for a permit between October 1-31,
2012 (permit applications and instructions will be available on-line at
www.wvdnr.gov or at DNR District
offices during this period) which will
allow for one party of no more than
four hunters and eight dogs to hunt
on one of the WMAs for a selected
two-day period. Hunters who hunt
without dogs may participate in
bear hunting on the WMAs during
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