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Bear - Archery and Firearms Seasons
2014-2015 Hunting Regulations

Archery Season

Daily Bag Limit: 1

Statewide Split Season: Sept. 27, 2014 – Nov. 22, 2014 and Dec. 8-31, 2014

Two bears 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, Nicholas, 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 for bear hunting is illegal during the bear archery season. A bow, but not a crossbow, may be substituted for a firearm during the bear firearms season while hunting with dogs in counties where hunting with dogs is legal (see bottom left of page 39).

Bear hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange over his or her outer clothing while hunting in a county or part thereof open during a deer firearms season. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters and persons engaged in farming activities on their own land.

Firearms Season

Daily Bag Limit: 1

May Hunt Bear with or without Dogs | May Not Hunt Bear with Dogs

Two bears may be taken during the bear firearms season provided that at least one bear must be taken in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh or Wyoming counties.
Only one bear may be taken per day. No person may take more than two bears annually in archery and firearms seasons combined.

A bow, but not a crossbow, may be substituted for a firearm during bear firearms season.

Bear hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange over his or her outer clothing while hunting in a county or part thereof during a deer firearms season. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters and persons engaged in farming activities on their own land.

May NOT Hunt Bear With Dogs

November 24 –
December 6
By Permit Only*
(Private & Public Lands)

December 8-31

November 24 –
December 6 and
December 8-31

November 24 –
December 6

Barbour

Braxton

Clay

Grant

Greenbrier

Hardy

Lewis

Mercer

Monroe

Pendleton

Pocahontas

Randolph

Summers

Taylor

Tucker

Upshur

Webster

Barbour
(West of Route 92)

Braxton
(West of I-79)

Brooke

Cabell

Calhoun 

Clay
(North of Elk River)

Doddridge

Gilmer

Hancock

Harrison

Jackson

Lewis

Lincoln

Marion

Marshall

Mason

Mercer

Mineral
(East of New Creek)

Monroe
(West of Route 219)

Ohio

Pleasants

Putnam

Ritchie

Roane

Summers

Taylor

Tyler

Upshur
(West
of Route 20)

Wayne

Wetzel

Wirt

Wood

Berkeley

Hampshire
(With dogs only on Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs by special limited permit)**

Jefferson

Monongalia

Morgan

Boone

Fayette

Kanawha

Nicholas

Preston

Raleigh

 

May Hunt Bear With or Without Dogs

September 18-20 and
December 8-31

October 4-10 and
December 8-31
Bear with Dogs

Barbour
(East of Route 92)

Braxton
(East of I-79)

Clay
(South of Elk River)

Grant

Greenbrier

Hardy

Mineral
(West of New Creek)

Monroe
(East of Route 219)

Nicholas

Pendleton

Pocahontas

Preston

Randolph

Tucker

Upshur
(East of Route 20)

Webster

Boone

Fayette

Kanawha

Logan

McDowell

Mingo

Raleigh

Wyoming

 

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Special Seasons and Restrictions

*Counties (private and public lands) with limited resident and nonresident hunting for bear during the Buck Firearms Season

There are 17 counties with resident and nonresident bear hunting during the Buck Firearm Season on private and public lands with prior application in 2014. To be eligible to hunt in one of these counties an application must be submitted by August 18, 2014. Resident landowners do not need a permit to hunt on their own land. Successful applicants will receive notification from the DNR by mail.

To apply, ask your license agent for a bear permit application or download one from www.wvdnr.gov.

**Hampshire County: Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs

A special controlled Black Bear season will be open December 8-31, 2014 on Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain WMAs in Hampshire County. Hunters who use dogs must apply for a permit between October 1-31, 2014 (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 this season without having a special permit.

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