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Scott Shalaway: Flying squirrels are nocturnal, but common

Recently the temperature reached 60 degrees, so I headed outside and checked some of my nest boxes. I really didn’t expect to find any active nests just yet, but thought some bluebirds, chickadees, or Carolina wrens might have begun gathering...

John McCoy: State scholastic archery tournament celebrates 10th year

Most people didn’t realize it at the time, but a birthday was celebrated Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.

West Virginia’s Archery in the Schools Tournament turned 10.

Gosh, it doesn’t seem like a full decade...

Scott Shalaway: Flying squirrels are nocturnal, but common

Recently the temperature reached 60 degrees, so I headed outside and checked some of my nest boxes. I really didn’t expect to find any active nests just yet, but thought some bluebirds, chickadees, or Carolina wrens might have begun gathering...

John McCoy: Fly fishing event will cater to women, youth

Kim Rowley is on a mission.

She wants to get more women and young people involved in fly fishing for trout. To help make that happen, Rowley, the women’s initiative chair for the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, is putting...

Scott Shalaway: Identifying early spring waterfowl

Though song bird migration peaks in May, early spring is a great time to learn and review waterfowl identification. Binoculars and a field guide are the essential tools.

To find waterfowl, visit lakes, ponds, flooded meadows, and rivers,...

John McCoy: Lack of unity hampers W.Va. hunters, anglers

West Virginia’s hunters and anglers need a voice.

For too many years, the state’s estimated 300,000 sportsmen and sportswomen have cowered in the shadows, fearing the next blow they might suffer at the hands of elected and...

Scott Shalaway: Woodcock are back

After a brief warm-up the first few days of March, we had our biggest snowfall of the winter — 14 inches on March 5. The following morning the thermometer plunged two degrees below zero. The next day, winter loosened its grip. Temps crept into...

W.Va.’s bald eagle population has come a long way
W.Va.’s bald eagle population has come a long way

The future for West Virginia’s bald eagles looks as bright as the snow-white feathers on the birds’ heads.

Forty years ago, the only eagles seen in the Mountain State were migrants “just passing through.”...

John McCoy: Deer baiting might be legal, but it threatens hunters’ image

West Virginians who kill big-game animals over bait will destroy the sport of hunting for the rest of us.

It won’t happen tomorrow. Heck, it probably won’t happen in my lifetime. But someday, the non-hunting public will wake up to...

Scott Shalaway: Upcoming birding trips

Memorable birding opportunities begin in late winter and continue through June. With just a little planning you can find great field trips close to home. Local nature centers and birding clubs often sponsor field trips throughout the year. Or maybe...

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....

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...

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...

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