Hunting seasons expected to stay consistent despite pandemic issues

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – While many sporting activities around the state are being canceled, one that’s expected to stay the same is hunting.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says hunting is a consistent activity in the state, black bear hunting especially.

The black bear project leader with the DNR Colin Carpenter says that bear hunting is seen much less compared to deer or other game, but the consistency it has helps them track conservation efforts more easily.

“In order to hunt black bear in West Virginia, hunters have to have a bear damage stamp. So it’s one of the few species that we have that we can actually get a pretty good number, get a pretty good idea of how many people are actually participating in the sport,” Carpenter said.

This bear hunting season is expected to see roughly 30,000 hunters participate this year.