From Staff Reports
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Of the 19 counties for which a limited number of permits will allow hunters to use their firearms to harvest bears during the two-week buck season Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, only four were oversubscribed, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Barbour, Braxton, Clay and Upshur counties each had 100 permits available, with 137, 149, 131 and 123 applicants respectively.
In the Potomac Highlands, 184 applied for 300 Grant County permits, 209 for 500 in Hardy, 92 for 100 in Mineral, 184 for 500 in Pendleton and 158 for 200 in Tucker counties.
The permits were to be printed this weekend in Elkins.
Successful applicants should receive the permits later this week, according to Ryan.
In the counties where applications were fewer than available permits, the remaining permits will not be awarded, according to Ryan. “Prior application was necessary,” he said.
Only 36 percent of the permits available for Pendleton County will be awarded, the smallest percentage for any of the 19 counties.
Other counties in the new hunt that is intended to remove more bears from the landscape are Greenbrier, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor and Webster.