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Participants sought for state bow hunter survey

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bow hunters are being asked to participate in an annual survey that’s used to monitor West Virginia’s wildlife populations.

Chris Ryan with the Division of Natural Resources says the West Virginia...

Variety is the spice of a W.Va. hunter’s life

And so it has begun.

The first shots of West Virginia’s 2014 hunting seasons have been fired. From now through the end of February, the hills and hollows of the Mountain State will echo to the sounds of gunfire: the deep boom of a 12-...

Outdoors Calendar — Sept. 14

Today

The Kanawha Valley Regulators will hold a cowboy action shoot, 9:30 a.m., at the Putnam County Gun Club range near Eleanor. Call 304-397-6188.

Sept. 18

West Virginia’s early firearm season for black bears will open, one-...

Archaeological dig hopes to find 1774 fort in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Archaeological dig hopes to find 1774 fort in Point Pleasant, W.Va.

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A small army of archaeologists, graduate students and untrained but eager volunteers spent Saturday digging into the past on the grounds of Tu-Endie-Wei State Park trying to locate the site of a fort ...

Scott Shalaway: Monarch Butterflies on the Rebound?

The last few years have been tough on monarch butterflies. Roundup, a widely used agricultural herbicide, kills the milkweed plants monarchs require for egg-laying. (Genetically modified crops resist the effects of Roundup.) The late summer migration...

Permits available for state limited bear-gun hunt

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters can still obtain permits for a limited bear-gun season in 17 counties.

The Division of Natural Resources says a limited number of permits were left over following the first application period earlier this ...

Celebrated archer to headline W.Va.’s celebration of hunting, fishing
Celebrated archer to headline W.Va.’s celebration of hunting, fishing

Legendary archer Byron Ferguson will headline this year’s edition of West Virginia’s National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration.

The two-day event, scheduled for Sept. 27-28 at Stonewall Jackson State Park near Weston, will...

W.Va. snowshoe hare study links camouflage and climate changes
W.Va. snowshoe hare study links camouflage and climate changes

How quickly can West Virginia’s snowshoe hares adapt to a changing world?

Scientists want to know. To find out, a North Carolina-based team of researchers is capturing adult hares, outfitting them with radio collars to track their...

Wildlife officials optimistic about W.Va.’s upcoming squirrel season
Wildlife officials optimistic about W.Va.’s upcoming squirrel season

One of the state’s more avid squirrel hunters is looking forward to a good fall season.

“I think the hunting will be better,” said Curtis Taylor, wildlife chief for the state Division of Natural Resources and avowed squirrel ...

August brings wolf attacks on hunting dogs

The wolves of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are at it again.

In a recent three-day span, they attacked five hunting dogs in three separate incidents. They killed one dog, a beagle.

The attacks appear similar to those that occurred last ...

Outdoors Calendar — Sept. 7

Today

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a bull’s-eye pistol match, 9 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-346-1841.

Monday

n The...

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...

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