I went home with plenty of respect for North Carolina's bears, excited about a return to the East. That opportunity came just a few weeks later, when I hunted West Virginia with my friend Chris Ellis, who works for West Virginia Tourism, and Larry Case, a wildlife officer with the state agency. Chris and Dave were along to watch, and as it turned out, so was I. The hunter in our party was Karen Lutto, a publicist from Virginia who has several hunting-oriented clients. Karen had never killed a bear, and we decided it only made sense to put her in the hot seat first.