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Scott Shalaway: Some books for the rest of the summer

Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye.

“The Last Appalachian Wolf” (2014) by Edwin D. Michael (Quarrier Press, $12.95) is a...

‘Critter moments’ lead to natural highs

One of the joys of being an outdoors writer is that I sometimes get to see things that most people don’t.

Nature photographers say the secret to success in their line of work is “f /8 and be there....

Duck biologists recommend liberal season
Duck biologists recommend liberal season

If federal wildlife officials heed the recommendations of waterfowl biologists, West Virginia’s duck hunters can look forward to a nice, long season.

Members of the Atlantic Flyway Council, representing states from Florida to Maine and on ...

DNR opens public lands to permit-based bear hunt
DNR opens public lands to permit-based bear hunt

A change in West Virginia’s bear-hunting regulations will open thousands of acres of prime bear habitat to hunters — provided they draw permits that allow them to hunt there.

Division of Natural Resources officials have started...

Outdoors Calendar — July 27

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n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a high-power match, 9 a.m., at the club’s range near ...

Offbeat activities are the new norm at Pipestem State Park
Offbeat activities are the new norm at Pipestem State Park

PIPESTEM — Visitors to West Virginia’s Pipestem State Park have no shortage of unusual ways to spend their time.

In addition to the usual park fare — hiking, fishing, sightseeing, horseback...

Scott Shalaway: Some books for the rest of the summer

Relaxing in a hammock with a good book is a great way to spend a warm summer afternoon. Here are a few titles that have recently caught my eye.

“The Last Appalachian Wolf” (2014) by Edwin D. Michael (Quarrier Press, $12.95) is a...

Applications available for state bear gun season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Division of Natural Resources says permit applications are now available for the limited bear firearms season this fall in West Virginia.

A bear season without dogs will take place from Nov. 24 through...

W.Va. DNR traps bears to serve as surrogate mothers
W.Va. DNR traps bears to serve as surrogate mothers

State wildlife officials are trying to snare a few “volunteers.”

No, put down the phone. You aren’t qualified — unless, of course, you happen to be a black bear.

Later this week, biologists will set up traps in...

John McCoy: The myth and reality of Trout Pond

Did you ever build up a mental image of something only to have it turn out completely different?

I had that happen recently while I was on vacation.

My family and I had rented a cottage in Hardy County, and when I found out it was located...

Application period dwindles for limited antlerless permits

Time is running out for deer hunters to apply for 3,245 antlerless-deer permits for West Virginia’s 2014 whitetail season.

Division of Natural Resources officials will only honor applications received by the close of business on Aug. 15,...

Outdoors Calendar for July 20

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n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a high-power match, 9 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-344-0423.

July 27

n The Putnam County Gun Club...

Scott Shalaway: Observing summer deer

About three weeks ago I noticed a doe and her twin fawns passing leisurely through the yard shortly before 7 a.m. The fawns were quite young, maybe three weeks old. It may have been their first foray out into the world with the doe. The fawns tried to ...

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