Need Some Advice on Bear Hunting in WV Please!

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by Parsons85, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Parsons85

    Parsons85 New Member

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    I live in Charleston, WV. Ive hunted deer for 15 years and I have never been bear hunting before. I dont even know where to start. I would love to get started and maybe teach my kids how. If you have any advice or know anybody that does please let me know>
     
  2. TAZMAN

    TAZMAN Well-Known Member

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    I just got back from the Bellva area on a hunt. I ended up harvesting a 250 pound bear, took him at 486 yards with a 338 Kirby Allen magnum based off the 408 Cheytac case. 300 grain bullet was devastating on the bear.

    Bear was taken at 4:45PM but we did not get him in the Polaris Ranger until 9:40PM. He was 250 yards down the side of the mountain. We had to use every strap and winch line to get even close to him. 4 of us repelled down the mountain and pulled the bear up a foot at a time until we could get the winch cable on him. You guys have extremely rough country and a spot a stalk takes a while to pull off. We saw 9 different bears but some were not feasible to harvest because of the retrieval needed.

    Ended up giving some of the meat to a needy family and sent the skinned out bear to have a rug made.

    My advise (fwiw) is to base the shot off of retrieval location as well as distance you are comfortable shooting. The wind in the valley plays a major role in the bullet trajectory.
     

  3. Parsons85

    Parsons85 New Member

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    Thanks for your information.

    Is it public hunting where you killed the bear?
     
  4. TAZMAN

    TAZMAN Well-Known Member

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    The land we hunted was around Little Elk Mountain. I believe it's all public but we were with some locals who had permission to hunt a few other places as well. We saw bears everywhere we went.

    Next time I'm taking about 200 feet in rope to aid in the retrieval!!lol
     
  5. Parsons85

    Parsons85 New Member

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    Thats very helpful. Thank you.

    I would like to hunt with someone who knows a little and maybe learn a few things.
    Do you know anybody around that area or in WV that I could talk to more about it?
     
  6. TAZMAN

    TAZMAN Well-Known Member

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    I will see what I can do. I will ask the guys I hunt with to see what they think.