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Public meetings set on proposed new state hunting regs

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia residents will have an opportunity this month to review and comment on the state’s proposed new hunting, trapping and fishing regulations.

The Division of Natural Resources has scheduled 12...

Public meetings set on proposed new state hunting regs

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia residents will have an opportunity this month to review and comment on the state’s proposed new hunting, trapping and fishing regulations.

The Division of Natural Resources has scheduled 12...

Scott Shalaway: Early signs of spring

With lakes and rivers still mostly frozen, it may seem overly optimistic to think of spring. But it’s coming. Days are getting noticeably longer, and that’s the key. Photoperiod is nature’s only absolutely reliable timepiece....

W.Va. bowhunting group celebrates 35 years of archery advocacy
W.Va. bowhunting group celebrates 35 years of archery advocacy

In 1980, bowhunting was a fast-growing pastime.

The compound bow, first mass-marketed in the mid-1970s, immediately made archers more accurate and deadly than they’d ever been before. Tens of thousands of West Virginians purchased...

Questions could spark lively debate at March’s DNR sportsmen’s meetings

When sportsmen meet with state wildlife officials in mid-March, chances are good that hunters will have a lot to say.

Why? Because members of the state Natural Resources Commission have added four rather provocative questions to the usual...

John McCoy: Dip in duck, goose count no cause for concern

What a difference a year makes.

Last January, with West Virginia locked in the grip of a frigid “polar vortex,” wildlife biologists counted oodles of ducks and geese. This January, not so much.

A total of 14,234 birds showed...

Outdoors Calendar — March 1

Today

West Virginia’s spring fire season begins. Open burning can be done only during designated hours.

March 2

The spring phase of West Virginia’s trout-stocking season will begin.

March 10

The Ernie Nester ...

For W.Va.’s fish hatchery workers, there is no ‘off-season’
For W.Va.’s fish hatchery workers, there is no ‘off-season’

APPLE GROVE — There’s no shortage of work in a fish hatchery, even when most of the fish are gone.

Just ask the employees at West Virginia’s two “warm-water” fish hatcheries. The Division of Natural...

Seasons coming to close for many game species in state

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is reminding hunters and trappers that seasons are ending this week for several species of game.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunting and trapping seasons for red fox, gray fox, bobcat and ...

W.Va. angler travels the world in search of trout
W.Va. angler travels the world in search of trout

Vince Dudley is living a trout fisherman’s dream.

In the past 17 years, the 67-year-old Charleston native has visited fished for trout, char and salmon in all four of Earth’s hemispheres. His travels have taken him to destinations...

John McCoy: ‘Devil is in the details’ for new deer-farm regulations

Like the proverbial dog that finally caught the car he’d been chasing, state agriculture officials are probably wondering what the heck they’re going to do with deer farms.

Last week, the state Legislature passed a bill that would...

Outdoors Calendar — Feb. 22

Today

The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will hold its quarterly meeting, 1 p.m., at the DNR headquarters building in South Charleston.

Feb. 26

The Midland Trail Friends of NRA will hold their annual banquet, 6-11 p.m.,...

Scott Shalaway: Lost in a whiteout

Back in 1992, my family and I vacationed in North Dakota. One of the highlights was encountering local folk singer Chuck Suchy. His music celebrates rural life, farms, prairies and people.

One of Suchy’s songs, “The Story of Hazel ...

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