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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Calhoun County Bears
by Cory Boothe


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Calhoun County had three bears killed legally during the 2010 hunting season in December. This is a wonderful change from when it was highly unlikely to see a bear in Calhoun. Now, sportsmen in Calhoun are harvesting bears every year.

If one looks back 20 years ago, some of today’s bear hotspots were recording 10 or less kills a year. Nicholas County routinely yields over 100 bears per year, but 20 years ago, it had only a one day season with few kills.

Bears tend to get a bad rap. They are rather docile creatures. They are not known to attack and would rather run away than anything else.

I believe that Calhoun County will see an increasing bear population. This should bring a smile to sportmen’s faces across the county. I would like to do an article on some of the bear harvests we have had in the county. If anyone has any information, email me at

Editor’s Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)

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