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For W.Va.’s fish hatchery workers, there is no ‘off-season’
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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...

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....

W.Va. fishing-lure maker makes splash with turkey call
W.Va. fishing-lure maker makes splash with turkey call

AMMA — Bill Looney is best known as the fisherman who invented the legendary Amma Bama muskie lure. Now he’s branching out into hunting gear.

At the recent West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show in...

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...

Outdoors Calendar 2-8-15

Monday

The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Cabela’s store in Southridge Centre. Call 304-744-2455.

Tuesday

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

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...

W.Va. wildlife biologists calculate deer numbers to set hunting regulations
W.Va. wildlife biologists calculate deer numbers to set hunting regulations

That noise coming from the Elkins area is the sound of numbers being crunched.

Clerks are working their way through stacks of game-check tags, keying in the tags’ information so biologists know exactly how many animals were killed during...

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 ...

DNR tries to clear up licensing confusion

Issuing hunting and fishing licenses isn’t always easy.

Recent changes to West Virginia’s licensing system — and the confusion those changes have caused — are frustrating both license buyers and the people who issue...

Outdoors Calendar — Feb. 1

Feb. 9

The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Cabela’s store in Southridge Centre. Call 304-744-2455.

Feb. 10

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

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...

New DNR director sees bright future ahead
New DNR director sees bright future ahead

The new director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has some unique insights into what his job entails.

Before being named the agency’s director on Jan. 1, Bob Fala had a long and varied career that gave him experience in...

John McCoy: ‘Acorn power’ torpedoes bear-kill record

A funny thing happened on the way to 2014’s record black-bear kill.

It didn’t happen.

Hunters anticipated it. Biologists predicted it. In the end, though, nature didn’t allow it. “That’s the power of...

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