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Participants sought for state bow hunter survey

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bow hunters are being asked to participate in an annual survey that’s used to monitor West Virginia’s wildlife populations.

Chris Ryan with the Division of Natural Resources says the West Virginia...

Participants sought for state bow hunter survey

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bow hunters are being asked to participate in an annual survey that’s used to monitor West Virginia’s wildlife populations.

Chris Ryan with the Division of Natural Resources says the West Virginia...

Deer complaints decrease in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Parkersburg residents are seeing fewer deer munching in their gardens.

City and state officials say complaints about deer have decreased. They’re not sure why. But they say the city’s urban deer hunt has ...

Land Trust celebrates acquisition of Gauley River tract
Land Trust celebrates acquisition of Gauley River tract

KESSLER’S CROSS LANES — On a hike down the Pierson Hollow Trail on Friday, Ashton Berdine pointed out three species of ferns, a cluster of towering, 300-plus-year-old hemlocks and three trail-traversing ...

West Virginia’s bowhunters are primed for early season opener
West Virginia’s bowhunters are primed for early season opener

Bowhunters, take note of this phrase: The last Saturday in September.

That’s the new, ostensibly permanent day for West Virginia’s archery season to open. This year, the last Saturday happens to fall on Sept. 27.

The state...

Warm-weather deer hunting requires a ‘cool’ approach to venison care

OK, so you went bowhunting on a warm late-September morning and you bagged a nice fat doe. What do you do next?

Well, if you want to eat the meat, you’d better be prepared.

“You have to be ready to cool that meat,”...

Early waterfowl season bodes well for duck hunters
Early waterfowl season bodes well for duck hunters

The early days of West Virginia’s duck-hunting season are an exercise in variety — not so much for the number of available duck species, but for the number of ways they can be hunted.

“The great thing about the early segment ...

Outdoors Calendar 9-28-14

Today

n The Putnam County Gun Club will conduct a USPSA pistol match, 10 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-757-6061.

Oct. 1

n The first segment of...

Mussel-building a goal of wildlife refuge
Mussel-building a goal of wildlife refuge

WILLIAMSTOWN — Visiting the lesser-known half of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge requires dressing in appropriate attire for the occasion: scuba gear.

“The refuge consists of 22...

Scott Shalaway: There’s no upside to feeding deer

Shorter days and chilly mornings remind many of us to fill the bird feeders. And for too many people, it’s also a reminder to resume feeding deer. And that makes wildlife biologists cringe.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission...

Bear hunting ends Saturday in 16 counties

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bear hunting is underway in all or parts of 16 West Virginia counties.

Hunting with or without dogs began Thursday in those 16 counties and runs through Saturday. The counties open fully or partially to bear...

Scott Shalaway: Oaks and acorns

The concept of conservation, using resources sustainably over time, is relatively new. Early on we learned that even super abundant renewable resources can be depleted. In fact, the extinction of passenger pigeons just 100 years ago and the near...

Hanging Rock Observatory hosts workshops on raptors, Allegheny Trail

A former Jefferson National Forest fire tower, the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory is used each autumn to monitor the annual fall migration of hawks, eagles and other birds of prey. Saturday’s workshop on raptor identification will include a...

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Deer complaints decrease in Parkersburg
West Virginia’s bowhunters are primed for early season opener
Warm-weather deer hunting requires a ‘cool’ approach to venison care
Early waterfowl season bodes well for duck hunters

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Land Trust celebrates acquisition of Gauley River tract
Scott Shalaway: There’s no upside to feeding deer

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