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Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Still Available

September 11, 2014
Ohio Valley Outdoors

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - A limited number of permits allowing hunters to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the buck-gun season are still available. A bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 24-Dec. 6 on public and private land in 17 counties: Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster.

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.

"After the first application period earlier this year, numerous permits were still available," said Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). "We would like hunters to use these permits to help us meet our bear harvest objectives."

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A bear season without dogs in West Virginia will run from Nov. 24-Dec. 6 on public and private land in 17 counties.

Hunters may apply for a leftover permit by filling out a separate application that must be signed, dated, legible, complete, and received by the DNR Application Section by Sept. 26, 2014. Successful applicants will be sent an "Eligibility Card" in the mail. This 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 transferable and the county designated for hunting cannot be changed. Hunters may use the original application available online at under the "Hunting, Main Page" tab.

Completed applications must be mailed to the Application Section, West Virginia D NR, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067 by Sept. 26, 2014. Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36-39 of the 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce

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Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season Nov. 24-26, 2014.



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