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New River Gorge National River
(304) 465-0508
P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Climbing; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Water Sports

Bluestone National Scenic River
(304) 466-0417
P. O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV
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Biking; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Bluestone Lake
(304) 466-1234
701 Miller Avenue
Hinton, WV
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Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Ace Paddling Center
(800) 223-2641
PO Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV
 
Lowery's Shoe Repair & Sporting Goods
(304) 253-4102
446 City Ave
Beckley, WV
 
Gauley River National Recreation Area
(304) 465-0508
P. O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV
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Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Water Sports

Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter
(304) 466-1234
701 MILLER AVENUE
Hinton, WV
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Dick's Sporting Goods
(304) 252-3425
Crossroads Mall
Mt. Hope, WV
 
A.C.E Whitewater
(304) 469-2651
P.O. Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV
 
Beckley Gun Club
(304) 255-5334
Beckley, WV
 

To Hunt the Grizzled Bear

Working my way along a fast-flowing river, I glimpsed a patch of brown through the trees. Digging at something along the river's edge, there was my grizzly. As a resident hunter, I'd waited eight years before finally drawing a coveted tag in Alberta. It was early May and there were still patches of snow in low-lying shady areas. As quickly as possible I extended the legs on my bipod, lay out in a prone position and centered the crosshairs of my Leupold on his chest. At this time of year it's especially important to ensure that the bear is alone. Sows with cubs are off-limits. Everything looked good. A six-footer, he wasn't an old boar, but for a self-guided hunt and my first-ever grizzly I wasn't going to be too selective. Waiting just long enough to make sure everything was in order I gently squeezed the trigger on my 7 mm Remington Magnum. He collapsed on the spot! I'd like to say that was the end of the tale, but it just ain't so. Much to my surprise, he stood up. A second round was needed to put him down for the count!

Grizzly bear. It's a name that provokes fear, anger, admiration or sympathy. Ursus arctos horribilis - even its scientific designation has a chilling ring. The term fits with the image that grizzly lore presents us; humped back, razor sharp claws, bone crunching jaws, and rage. There are other more benign images as well - the solitary, silver ghost, ambling through alpine meadows with its lazy, pigeon-toed gait; the esteemed symbol of pristine wilderness, eulogized in newspaper articles that are unfortunately more often based on emotion than fact.

Regardless of how we perceive the grizzly, it is still one of the most sought-after game animals, a species that almost every big game hunter yearns to take.

But why? There's no denying the grizzly evokes an emotional response. Just consider the dread most of us feel at the prospect of coming face to face with one on its own turf. Most backcountry users, and yes, even most hunters take extra precautions to avoid a confrontation with the great bear. Then there are those of us who actively hunt or hope to someday hunt this amazing bear.

Grizzly Bear Facts
Grizzly bears are but one of several sub-species of brown bear. We often confuse the inland grizzly with the Alaskan brown bear or even the Kodiak subspecies which are strictly coastal bears. To simplify, brown bears inhabiting the interior of Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories, as well as the lower 48 states are considered to be grizzlies. Once roaming even the vast prairie grasslands, grizzlies could be found across several states and provinces. Where suitable habitat remains, today grizzly bear still thrive in the more remote boreal forests, low arctic tundra, foothills and mountains of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska.

Over little more than a century, with intense encroachment and rapid habitat loss, not to mention over-hunting, grizzly bears h...

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