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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: 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...

Let the “sengin” begin: Ginseng season arrives
Let the “sengin” begin: Ginseng season arrives

Tucked on Appalachian hillsides under the shade of forest canopies, little red berries have emerged from layers of forest green, which means one thing: Ginseng season has arrived.

Today, Sept. 1, marks the beginning of ginseng season in West...

W.Va.’s fish hatcheries deteriorate with time
W.Va.’s fish hatcheries deteriorate with time

West Virginia fisheries officials are learning a hard lesson: Bricks and mortar last only so long.

Many of the state’s fish hatcheries were built more than 50 years ago, and they’re showing their age. Some leak water; others...



n West Virginia’s hunting seasons for Canada geese, common snipes, Sora rails and Virginia rails will begin, one-half hour before sunrise.

n West Virginia’s ...

West Virginia DNR officer recalls Smokey Bear as icon turns 70
West Virginia DNR officer recalls Smokey Bear as icon turns 70

He’s bare-chested, barefoot and, with a five-word vocabulary, barely a conversationalist.

But at age 70, the fire-fighting star of America’s longest-running public service ad campaign remains all bear, and bullish on prospects for...

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...

State squirrel hunting season opens Sept. 13

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s squirrel hunting season will open Sept. 13.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters can expect to see squirrel numbers similar to last year’s season, based on 2013’s...

Storm-felled trees create new trout habitat in W.Va’s Mill Creek
Storm-felled trees create new trout habitat in W.Va’s Mill Creek

Even a good trout stream can stand a little improvement.

That’s why a crew of workers has spent most of the summer dragging fallen logs into the crystalline waters of Randolph County’s Mill Creek, creating much-needed habitat for...

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 ...

Outdoors Calendar — Aug. 24

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n The Ernie Nester Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the...

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...

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