My column today in The Roanoke Times, which you can read HERE, included a lead note about how bear season seems to be progressing.
Because bears must still be “hard checked” at check stations it’s hard to get a firm idea how the statewide kill is trending. The best we can do is to poll check stations individually. Naturally, of the stations I called yesterday, some were reporting good years and others were reporting off years.
There have been some big ones killed, including a 496-pounder checked at Pembroke Stop and Save in Giles County, and this 436-pounder killed by Charles Wilson of Axton near Eagle Rock on Nov. 28.
Who has been bear hunting? Would appreciate some additional reports.
I also had a note about the Hellgate 100K running race held starting Friday at midnight. I knew three people running. One of them, Joe Dudak of Salem, finished 8th. Josh Gilbert, a Salem chiropractor who owns the Mountain Junkies race management company, was 11th.
I wondered if Dudak encountered bear hunters on Saturday, and he said he did. They were all friendly and accommodating, he said. No surprise there.