Another major change is that bear season will run concurrently with firearm deer season in 29 counties. Hunters may harvest up to two bears in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. The total number of bear permits issued won't be finalized until the DNR completes its annual survey of mast crops. Preliminary information points to a smaller oak crop this fall due to heavy rains when oaks were flowering and a derecho (heavy wind storm) that hit the Mountain State last summer. "Although we don't know for sure, I suspect that the derecho really messed up our red oak crop in 2013," said Ryan.