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Snowshoe Mountain kicks off W.Va.’s ski season

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ski and snowboard season is getting underway in West Virginia.

Snowshoe Mountain kicked off the season with a Wednesday opening. Winterplace will offer three days of alpine skiing starting Friday, then officially...

Deer hunters should help boost bear harvest, DNR says
Deer hunters should help boost bear harvest, DNR says

If West Virginia enjoys a record-breaking bear season this year, chances are good that deer hunters played a sizable role in making it happen.

More than half the state’s counties are now open to bear hunting during the firearm season for...

Young Putnam hunter gets off to a fast start
Young Putnam hunter gets off to a fast start

Isaac Shock might be spoiled for life.

On his very first day as a bowhunter, the 7-year-old elementary school student bagged a bigger buck than most hunters ever kill in their lifetimes.

“I knew Isaac was capable of killing a deer,...

W.Va. DNR gains following on social media
W.Va. DNR gains following on social media

West Virginia’s hunters and anglers are moving into a couple of new cyber homes.

Two new social media sites offer sportsmen and sportswomen opportunities to share what they’re doing in the outdoors, and to learn what’s new...

Outdoors Calendar — Nov. 16

Nov. 22

The second segment of West Virginia’s three-part season for mourning doves will close at sunset.

Nov. 24

West Virginia’s firearm season for buck deer will begin, one-half hour before sunrise.

West...

W.Va. ski resorts crank up snowmaking systems

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cold temperatures this week are enabling West Virginia’s ski resorts to start their snowmaking systems ahead of their 2014 opening dates.

West Virginia Ski Areas Association spokesman Joe Stevens said frigid...

Scott Shalaway: It’s time for Project FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season. New volunteers are always welcome.

FeederWatch project director Emma Grieg, who has just completed her first...

New state parks chief says funding is key to system’s future
New state parks chief says funding is key to system’s future

One can pardon Sam England for feeling he’s married to West Virginia’s park system.

After all, he married the park system three days before he married his wife.

“It’s true,” says England, the...

WVDNR’s fishing-regulations collection provides insight to state’s culture, history
WVDNR’s fishing-regulations collection provides insight to state’s culture, history

How many West Virginians know what a “green bass” is? What about a “jack salmon?”

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, those were the terms Mountain State anglers used for largemouth bass and walleye.

My, how times have ...

Skeet shooter still active at age 100
Skeet shooter still active at age 100

HERNSHAW — For Dr. Bill Rossman, skeet shooting has been the hobby of a lifetime — a long, long, long lifetime.

So when the retired psychiatrist celebrated his 100th birthday, he did it in the company...

John McCoy: W.Va. DNR to hold elk meetings

People who want to see elk roaming West Virginia’s hills and hollows will soon get a chance to speak out about it.

At their Oct. 26 meeting, members of the state Natural Resources Commission asked Division of Natural Resources officials...

Outdoors Calendar 11-9-14

Monday

n The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Cabela’s store in Southridge Centre. Call 744-2455.

n The middle segment of West Virginia’s duck hunting season will begin at...

Scott Shalaway: How to ID common feeder birds

Identifying common backyard birds is relatively simple by using a step-by-step procedure. Let’s use a group of familiar species to demonstrate the process.

Mixed flocks of gregarious, acrobatic, arboreal (tree dwelling) species frequent...

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