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Scott Shalaway: A tale of two sisters

Based solely on my own experience, I suspect most people hate snakes. That’s how I explain the many images of severed and decapitated snakes people proudly send me each year. Most recently, a friend sent me a photo of a northern brown snake...

John McCoy: Federal bill could help build shooting ranges

A bill currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate would make it easier for state natural-resources officials to construct new shooting ranges.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, would make the ranges easier for the...

Scott Shalaway: A tale of two sisters

Based solely on my own experience, I suspect most people hate snakes. That’s how I explain the many images of severed and decapitated snakes people proudly send me each year. Most recently, a friend sent me a photo of a northern brown snake...

They may be small, but sunfish sure are fun

The first impression I ever had of sunfish was just how strong they were.

I started out fishing the creek behind my house for creek chubs which, while plentiful and easy to catch, didn’t put up much of a fight. Nothing put much of a bend...

Scott Shalaway: Hands off, it’s baby season

Each spring forests, fields, and backyards come alive with wildlife babies. White-tailed deer drop fawns, litters of foxes, coyotes, raccoons and squirrels emerge from dens, and black bear cubs explore their world.

The temptation to rescue an...

Firearm industry adds billions to state, federal economies

Pardon the pun, but the firearm industry is really booming.

Since 2008, gun sales have climbed steadily. So, too, has the number of firearm-related jobs. According to a recent study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation,...

Scott Shalaway: Timely books for summer

If the book-buying bug bites you as summer approaches, here are some timely titles suitable for this time of year.

“How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature,” by Scott D. Sampson (2015,...

Scott Shalaway: Birding by ear from bed

Wood thrushes returned the last week in April, so I know spring has officially arrived. The day they returned I heard their evening vespers just before dusk. The next morning they sang before dawn’s first light.

Spring migration is the...

Turkey-season change would be rooted in politics, not science

By late afternoon today, there’s a good chance that West Virginia’s spring gobbler season will be changed to something different.

Members of the state Natural Resources Commission reportedly will consider whether to open next...

Scott Shalaway: Some days are diamonds

Earlier this week, I attended the New River Birding and Nature Festival in Southern West Virginia as a speaker and guide. Some years birders get great looks at birds they’ve never seen before (birders call these “life birds”), and ...

Turkey-season change would be rooted in politics, not science

By late afternoon today, there’s a good chance that West Virginia’s spring gobbler season will be changed to something different.

Members of the state Natural Resources Commission reportedly will consider whether to open next...

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...

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....

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