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State’s spring turkey season opens today

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s spring turkey season begins Monday and location could be a factor in a hunter’s success.

The Division of Natural Resources says 2013 brood reports indicate that the statewide number...

State’s spring turkey season opens today

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s spring turkey season begins Monday and location could be a factor in a hunter’s success.

The Division of Natural Resources says 2013 brood reports indicate that the statewide number...

Tips for an accident-free spring gobbler season
Tips for an accident-free spring gobbler season

In the camouflage-cloaked world of turkey-hunting safety, no news is good news.

That was the case in 2014, when West Virginia’s spring-gobbler hunters went through an entire four-week season without a single reported injury.

No one...

W.Va.’s lower turkey numbers force sportsmen to hunt harder
W.Va.’s lower turkey numbers force sportsmen to hunt harder

Wildlife officials don’t expect West Virginia’s upcoming spring gobbler season to be a very good one.

At the same time, though, they say hunters shouldn’t be discouraged by a less-than-optimistic forecast. Keith Krantz,...

Hunt later into the day for spring gobbler success

Every turkey hunter has been there.

Right on cue, the gobblers gobbled like crazy at first light and for a short while after sunrise. And then they clammed up.

No style or amount of calling seems to interest them. The woods might as well...

Outdoors Calendar: April 26, 2015

Today

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a bull’s-eye pistol match, 9 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-346-1841.

n The Putnam County Gun Club...

Scott Shalaway: Jousting jakes

About two weeks ago I heard the first turkey gobble of the year. It must have been right on the edge of the yard because I heard it while still lying in bed just before dawn. A gobble is such a distinctive sound that even a child can recognize it....

Biologists look into reasons for turkey population declines
Biologists look into reasons for turkey population declines

Go ahead, ask most any West Virginia turkey hunter whether there are more or fewer turkeys today than there were 20 years ago.

Chances are you’ll be told there are fewer. And whoever tells you that will be right.

But why are there...

Electronic game check system is operational, DNR says
Electronic game check system is operational, DNR says

When West Virginia’s spring gobbler season opens on April 27, successful hunters will need to do something they haven’t done before:

They’ll check in their kills electronically.

The state’s electronic checking,...

When dogwoods bloom, it’s time to fish for crappie

I don’t know if Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers got it started, but there’s an ongoing debate on how to pronounce the name of one of West Virginia’s most popular game fish.

In the 1937 film, “Shall We Dance,”...

Outdoors Calendar: April 19, 2015

Today

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

April 26

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a bull’s-eye pistol match, 9 a.m., at the...

Summersville Lake parking curtailed for maintenance

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — Several parking areas at Summersville Lake will be closed Saturday to allow maintenance of the parking lots, according to officials for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Summersville Lake Marina and Salmon Run...

Scott Shalaway: Karma in the woods

If mice and other small rodents knew fear, they would lead lives of constant desperation. Rather than live in fear, though, I think they survive through vigilance. If they fail to concentrate on their surroundings, they simply don’t live very...

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