Virginia officials are expecting record numbers of bears killed during this year’s hunting season. The Roanoke Times reports that a new early October bear season results in a 12 percent increase in the number of bears killed. Last season there were a record 2,428 bears killed in Virginia. There was 30,868 resident and 957 nonresident licenses sold last season and state officials do not expect a major increase in sales this year. The early three-day season is set for Oct. 2 to Oct. 4 in 37 counties, mostly in the western part of the state. The Virginia Bowhunters Association have opposed the early bear hunt, saying it will spook deer and hurt the archery deer season later in the month.