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Va. wildlife center releases bald eagle injured in W.Va.

MOUNT SOLON, Va. – A bald eagle hit by a vehicle in West Virginia has been released back into the wild in Virginia following rehabilitation.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia released the young male eagle on Tuesday at Natural Chimneys Park...

Va. wildlife center releases bald eagle injured in W.Va.

MOUNT SOLON, Va. – A bald eagle hit by a vehicle in West Virginia has been released back into the wild in Virginia following rehabilitation.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia released the young male eagle on Tuesday at Natural Chimneys Park ...

W.Va. DNR’s Jezioro to retire

West Virginia’s longest-serving Division of Natural Resources director is retiring.

Frank Jezioro, appointed to head the DNR in January 2005, will leave the post on Dec. 31. His 10-year stint as director spanned the administrations of Joe ...

Scott Shalaway: The shortest day of the year

The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night. It is cause to celebrate because each new day brings more daylight and less darkness. Until spring, day-length increases just a bit each day.

The...

W.Va. DNR readies for fully electronic licensing system
W.Va. DNR readies for fully electronic licensing system

Come New Year’s Day, one of West Virginia’s time-honored institutions will disappear into history.

Traditional hunting and fishing licenses — printed on thin cardstock and festooned with colorful stamps — will pass...

December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions
December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions

Foul weather might have wreaked havoc with West Virginia’s recent buck season, but wildlife officials say there are still opportunities to put venison in the freezer.

The state’s so-called “family antlerless-deer...

John McCoy: Don’t knock winter fishing until you try

I know, I know. To normal people, the words “fishing” and “snow” don’t belong in the same sentence.

Call me weird, but I rather enjoy fishing in snowy weather.

Wintertime trout fishing has given me some...

Asian carp DNA found in more W.Va. waters
Asian carp DNA found in more W.Va. waters

Are West Virginia’s rivers being infiltrated by invasive Asian carp?

The answer is an unequivocal “probably.” Researchers aren’t finding live fish, but they’re finding the fishes’ genetic fingerprints...

Outdoors Calendar — Dec. 14

Dec. 18

West Virginia’s “traditional” hunting season for antlerless deer will begin, one-half hour before sunrise.

Dec. 20

West Virginia’s...

Buck kill plunges 34 percent, DNR says
Buck kill plunges 34 percent, DNR says

West Virginia’s buck season has been blown away.

Snow and rain also played a part, but wildlife officials believe the 50-mph winds that whipped across the Mountain State on opening day contributed most heavily to a whopping 34 percent...

Scott Shalaway: Odds and ends

-- Last week’s column on binoculars mentioned that ten-power or stronger optics can be difficult to hold steady and that’s why I prefer eight-power binoculars. Reader David Walker suggested that I consider using binoculars with an image...

Volunteers upgrade outhouse featuring state’s best view
Volunteers upgrade outhouse featuring state’s best view

Thanks to an army of volunteers, the mountaintop privy said to provide users with the state’s “best view from an outhouse” according to Jeanne Mozier’s guidebook “Way Out in West Virginia” has been replaced...

DNR offers 2015 wildlife calendar

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A painting of two bucks in the snow is featured on the cover of the 2015 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar.

The calendar also has paintings of a yellow perch, a pair of red-bellied woodpeckers and other wildlife....

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