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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.

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...

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...

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 ...

John McCoy: Online poacher tip line nets arrests

When West Virginians use the Internet to turn in poachers, they’re using technology set up by a college student.

Caleb Harper, now a Natural Resources Police officer in Gilmer County, developed the Report Poachers Online feature found on...

Scott Shalaway: Winter gulls

Harsh winters — those with bone-chilling temperatures and serious amounts of snow, such as last year and this year — bring the same question on an almost daily basis: Why do I see “seagulls” at the mall, at fast food...

W.Va. parks, DNR to offer prizes for tagged trout
W.Va. parks, DNR to offer prizes for tagged trout

Catching a trout might just help you pay for your next vacation.

Starting in March, people who catch specially tagged trout at some West Virginia state parks will earn $100 discounts on week-long stays at designated state-park cabins....

Volunteer instructors help DNR attract federal money

West Virginia has a remarkably robust hunter education program.

Without volunteers, it might not.

More than 300 volunteer hunter-education instructors teach the classes that would-be hunters must pass before they can purchase their first...

Scott Shalaway: Nesting season has begun

It may be mid-winter, but the nesting season for birds is underway. Great horned owls and bald eagles are already incubating eggs.

Smaller songbirds wait until spring to begin nesting. Those that use in cavities (and nest boxes) get a jump on...

John McCoy: W.Va. dodges deer-farm disease bullet

I’m holding my thumb and forefinger about an eighth of an inch apart.

That’s how close West Virginia came to having chronic wasting disease in Greenbrier County.

The near-miss should be a cautionary tale to those who think it ...

Scott Shalaway: The stars of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is all about an overgrown ground squirrel surviving winter. As a hibernating mammal, it gets its own special day to celebrate the triumph of spring over winter just as the contemporaneous Candlemas Day celebrates the triumph of light...

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John McCoy: Dip in duck, goose count no cause for concern
For W.Va.’s fish hatchery workers, there is no ‘off-season’

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