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Old 08-14-2007, 03:34 AM   #1
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Just wondering if anybody can give me some info on places to bear hunt in VA this fall.
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Old 08-14-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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This is a big year for the black bear in VA. There are record #'s of the bruins running around the commonwealth. You should not have a problem hunting in the GW or the TJ National Forests. Archery is 10/13-11/10, ML season is short and goes on 11/13-16. Rifle seasons change according to the county you live in. Good luck and don't forget your Nat'l Forest Stamp.
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Old 08-14-2007, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info, I have heard that they are big number but didn't kow a good place to head to hunt them.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:30 PM   #4
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Shoot me a PM or e-mail, I know a couple good spots and am looking for more guys to go w/ us this year. We hunt private land in SW VA and also the GWJNF.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:32 PM   #5
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I am interested in it!!! I am going back to washington next week to bear and cougar hunt and then I will be getting ready for Maryland deer season as well as VA's hunting season.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:37 PM   #6
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Coolbrze0, I sent you a pm
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:01 AM   #7
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2006-2007 Black Bear Harvest Summary
Tracking population growth, Virginia's 2006-07 black bear harvest increased to the highest annual level ever recorded at 1,633 bears. In line with the 2006-07 harvest, Virginia's black bear harvest trend has been increasing at an average annual rate of 7.6% per year over the past decade. The 2006-07 harvest was 13% greater than last year's harvest of 1,439 and exceeded the previous 2003-04 record kill of 1,511 by 8%.
Bear harvests west and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains were 1,231 (up 10% from last season) and 402 (up 25%), respectively. Similar to 2005, the 8 counties surrounding Shenandoah National Park produced 41% (662 bears) of the total bear kill.
The archery harvest of 425 bears was a 37% increase from the previous year. At 26%, the archery portion of the total harvest was slightly greater than the 21% average observed since 1995. Reflecting their increased popularity, crossbows accounted for 38% of the entire archery harvest of bears.
The 4-day muzzleloading season accounted for 90 bears (6% of the total harvest). Although this was down 38% compared to 2005, the 2006 harvest was similar to the 2004 muzzleloading season.
The 2006-07 regular firearms harvest of 1,118 bears was a 14% increase over the 2005-06 season. Dog hunters accounted for about 50% of the regular firearms harvest and 33% of the total bear kill.
Similar to the long-term average of 37%, the harvest was comprised of 35% females. Bear hunters in all seasons and hunter groups harvested a similar proportion of females. The percent female composition of the archery, muzzleloader, and regular firearms season was 32%, 41%, and 35%, respectively. Female bears represented 33% of the hound-hunter harvest.
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2005-2006

Rockingham
162
Rockingham
153

Augusta
124
Madison
95

Alleghany
113
Alleghany
88

Shenandoah
91
Augusta
86

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Rockbridge
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Madison
89
Albemarle
66

Bath
75
Shenandoah
66

Rockbridge
69
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Craig
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Rappahannock
57

Albemarle
63
Bath
56
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:21 PM   #8
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:54 PM   #9
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Rockingham and Augusta counties are a couple of the places we hunt. They have a lot of bear shot there each year, I think both counties are in the top couple each year, but they're also some of the biggest counties in the state.
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Steve, I sent you an e-mail

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