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Scott Shalaway: Odds and ends

-- Last week’s column on binoculars mentioned that ten-power or stronger optics can be difficult to hold steady and that’s why I prefer eight-power binoculars. Reader David Walker suggested that I consider using binoculars with an image...

Outdoors Calendar — Dec. 7

Monday

West Virginia’s muzzleloader season will open, one-half hour before sunrise.

West Virginia’s firearm season for black bears will open, one-half hour before sunrise.

The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their...

W.Va. DNR and WVU begin 2-year bobcat study
W.Va. DNR and WVU begin 2-year bobcat study

Studying bobcats isn’t easy; they’re shy, secretive and hard to find.

Still, that isn’t stopping a group of researchers determined to learn more about West Virginia’s bobcat population.

“We need new...

Scott Shalaway: Dreaming of new binoculars

As the holidays approach, serious birders often dream of buying a new pair of binoculars. Good binoculars cost $200 to $500, so they are a serious investment. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you shop for new optics.

First, remember that...

W.Va.’s blackpowder season gets back in the groove
W.Va.’s blackpowder season gets back in the groove

Well, it’s official. After a year in the doldrums, West Virginia’s muzzleloader season is back to its old self.

State wildlife officials say the disappointing 2012 season, which was switched from mid-December to early December, was ...

John McCoy: Second elk meeting date has been set

Tidying up a few items on my desk:

Division of Natural Resources officials have set the date for a second public meeting about elk restoration in southern West Virginia.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Larry Joe Harless...

W.Va. waterfowl hunters should watch the weather
W.Va. waterfowl hunters should watch the weather

Those pesky “polar vortices” that bring unseasonably cold temperatures to West Virginia do have one hidden benefit: They can make waterfowl hunting a lot better.

“Generally when you have something like [a polar vortex]...

Outdoors Calendar — Nov. 30

Monday

n West Virginia’s hunting season for woodcock will close at sunset.

Dec. 6

n West Virginia’s firearm season for buck deer will close, one-half hour...

No-dogs bear season runs through Dec. 6

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Deer hunters aren’t the only hunters heading to the woods in West Virginia this week.

A bear season without dogs runs concurrent with the buck firearm season. The bear season began Monday and continues...

Scott Shalaway: Gift suggestions for nature lovers

As the holidays approach, it’s time to think about gifts for nature lovers on your list. Here are some suggestions.

At 524 pages, “Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin” by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny and Bob Montgomery ...

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...

Pocahontas County High School forestry students take second place in national competition
Pocahontas County High School forestry students take second place in national competition

Many people look at a forest and just see a nice stand of trees. But the award-winning forestry students of Pocahontas County High School see a whole lot more.

The school’s four-member Future Farmers of America Forestry team, coached by...

DNR: Buck season OK despite opening-day winds
DNR: Buck season OK despite opening-day winds

BUFFALO — High winds and scattered showers on the opening day of West Virginia’s buck season almost certainly kept hunters from killing as many deer as they otherwise might have. Nevertheless, state wildlife ...

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