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For bow-hunting bears, Ohioans must go elsewhere

Many Ohio hunters like to chase deer. Others enjoy targeting turkey, rabbits, squirrels and a variety of birds.
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Then there are the few, the seemingly very few, who have their sights set on bear, with a bow.

“This is all real close-quarter stuff,” said Bruce Bartlett, of Newark. “It’s really fascinating. When you’re hunting something that can eat you, it’s a little bit more of a rush.”

The 58-year-old, friends and family members have leased about 500 acres of land in southeastern West Virginia since 1960. About 10 of them make an event of tracking deer, turkeys and, more recently, bears.

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