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Scott Shalaway: Monarch Butterflies on the Rebound?

The last few years have been tough on monarch butterflies. Roundup, a widely used agricultural herbicide, kills the milkweed plants monarchs require for egg-laying. (Genetically modified crops resist the effects of Roundup.) The late summer migration...

Variety is the spice of a W.Va. hunter’s life

And so it has begun.

The first shots of West Virginia’s 2014 hunting seasons have been fired. From now through the end of February, the hills and hollows of the Mountain State will echo to the sounds of gunfire: the deep boom of a 12-...

Scott Shalaway: Monarch Butterflies on the Rebound?

The last few years have been tough on monarch butterflies. Roundup, a widely used agricultural herbicide, kills the milkweed plants monarchs require for egg-laying. (Genetically modified crops resist the effects of Roundup.) The late summer migration...

Celebrated archer to headline W.Va.’s celebration of hunting, fishing
Celebrated archer to headline W.Va.’s celebration of hunting, fishing

Legendary archer Byron Ferguson will headline this year’s edition of West Virginia’s National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration.

The two-day event, scheduled for Sept. 27-28 at Stonewall Jackson State Park near Weston, will...

August brings wolf attacks on hunting dogs

The wolves of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are at it again.

In a recent three-day span, they attacked five hunting dogs in three separate incidents. They killed one dog, a beagle.

The attacks appear similar to those that occurred last ...

Scott Shalaway: Winter kills ... or does it?

Last winter many readers wrote to ask how wildlife could survive the frigid polar vortices. According to Pennsylvania Game Commission Press Secretary Travis Lau, the only documented wildlife casualties in Pennsylvania were about 165 mergansers and...

Early seasons trigger hunters’ expectations

Monday might not dawn a great deal differently from today, but make no mistake: Something will have changed.

Today we enjoy the height of summer — grilling, picnicking, pleasure boating. Tomorrow, one-half hour before sunrise, we get our...

Scott Shalaway: The bell tolls for passenger pigeons

One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1, 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. “Martha” was reported to have been at least 17 years old. Rarely, if ever, have we known the precise moment an entire species became...

John McCoy: Drone usage affecting outdoor activities, too

Drone technology has come a long way in a short time.

Perhaps, say people in the nature business, they’ve come too long a way in too short a time.

All around the country, people are reporting what I like to call “stupid drone ...

Scott Shalaway: Wilderness Act of 1964 marks 50 years

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. Eight years, 66 revisions, and 18 hearings in the making, this landmark conservation legislation now protects more than 109 million acres in 750 wilderness...

New W.Va. regulations curtail collection of venomous snakes
New W.Va. regulations curtail collection of venomous snakes

West Virginia’s official state reptile enjoys a little more protection nowadays than it once did.

Regulations effective earlier this year prevent everyone from snake enthusiasts to pet-trade opportunists to snake-handling churches from...

John McCoy: Not all records made to be broken

One of sports’ great axioms is that “records are made to be broken.”

Sometimes that’s true.

Sometimes it isn’t.

Take, for example, West Virginia’s list of fishing records. Some of them get...

Scott Shalaway: Harmful algal blooms

During the first four days of August, the Western Basin of Lake Erie made national news. A harmful algal bloom (HAB) threatened the water supply near Toledo, Ohio. Wind and water currents pushed a bloom of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) to the...

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Celebrated archer to headline W.Va.’s celebration of hunting, fishing
Variety is the spice of a W.Va. hunter’s life

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