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Spring turkey kills down slightly in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Division of Natural Resources says West Virginia hunters killed 9,038 turkeys this spring. That’s down slightly from the same period last year.

Preston County led the state with 333 turkeys killed, followed...

Scott Shalaway: Timely books for summer

If the book-buying bug bites you as summer approaches, here are some timely titles suitable for this time of year.

“How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature,” by Scott D. Sampson (2015,...

State to stock lakes with catfish

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock state lakes with more than 4,000 catchable-size channel catfish.

The stocking will begin on Monday. The popular program provides fishing opportunities at lakes,...

Elk reintroduction to W.Va. will be “huge,” new wildlife chief says
Elk reintroduction to W.Va. will be “huge,” new wildlife chief says

West Virginia has a new wildlife chief.

Paul Johansen, a Division of Natural Resources biologist for more than 33 years, will head up the agency’s Wildlife Resources Section. Johansen had served as acting chief since Curtis Taylor retired ...

Finding deer antlers is W.Va. man’s wintertime hobby
Finding deer antlers is W.Va. man’s wintertime hobby

SOD — One deer’s trash is Joey Pauley’s treasure.

Every winter, the Lincoln County lumberman combs the ridge tops and hillsides of southern West Virginia for cast-off whitetail antlers....

E-check system is off to a good start

When West Virginia wildlife officials announced that they wanted to set up an electronic game-checking system, some folks doubted it would work.

I was one of those doubters.

After all, I’d been interviewing hunters for three and a...

Commission makes crossbow, turkey-season changes
Commission makes crossbow, turkey-season changes

Sometimes the unexpected is…well, unexpected.

Members of the state Natural Resources Commission flexed their muscles a bit at their May 3 meeting, approving a trio of important hunting-season decisions that caught state wildlife officials ...

Outdoors Calendar: May 10, 2015


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


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

Scott Shalaway: Birding by ear from bed

Wood thrushes returned the last week in April, so I know spring has officially arrived. The day they returned I heard their evening vespers just before dusk. The next morning they sang before dawn’s first light.

Spring migration is the...

Recreation season begins at East Lynn Lake

EAST LYNN, W.Va. – The recreation season is getting underway at East Lynn Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Overlook day use areas above the dam are open. The Lick Creek day use area and the East Fork boat launch are...

Forest Service plans prescribed burn near Reddish Knob

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The U.S. Forest Service plans to burn more than 5,000 acres near Reddish Knob in the George Washington National Forest.

The prescribed burn will be conducted this month west of Reddish Knob in Rockingham, Highland and ...

DNR struggles to meet habitat-creation goals
DNR struggles to meet habitat-creation goals

FLATWOODS — Creating habitat for wildlife can’t be that hard.

Cut some trees, get rid of some invasive shrubs and ... voila! Critters live happily ever after, right?

In theory, that’s how...

Turkey-season change would be rooted in politics, not science

By late afternoon today, there’s a good chance that West Virginia’s spring gobbler season will be changed to something different.

Members of the state Natural Resources Commission reportedly will consider whether to open next...

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