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Senior drivers can get DNR stamp on license

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senior residents with lifetime hunting and fishing licenses now have the opportunity to obtain a Class XS designation on their West Virginia driver’s license or ID card, DMV Commissioner Pat Reed and DNR Director...

2014 deer kills in state down 31 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The number of deer killed during West Virginia’s various seasons fell 31 percent last year compared with 2013.

The Division of Natural Resources says hunters killed 104,223 deer during the bucks-only, antlerless,...

W.Va. launches online camping reservations for key state park
W.Va. launches online camping reservations for key state park

BARBOURSVILLE — One of West Virginia’s most popular camping spots has changed the way it does business.

Beech Fork State Park started taking online reservations for camping spots on Jan. 1. Campers can make reservations up to one...

W.Va. Division of Natural Resources: nearly 2,400 bear taken

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Nearly 2,400 black bears were killed during West Virginia’s combined 2014 archery and firearms season.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the preliminary data reflect an 11 percent...

50-inch muskies no longer rare in state
50-inch muskies no longer rare in state

No, it’s not your imagination. West Virginians really are catching more 50-inch muskellunge than ever.

Before 1990, 50-inchers were caught only once a decade or so. Between 1990 and 2010, the frequency ramped up to every other year or...

Spate of retirements sends W.Va. DNR reeling
Spate of retirements sends W.Va. DNR reeling

West Virginia’s fish and wildlife agency has lost a lot of its brainpower lately.

In the past year, more than 20 senior biologists, managers, technicians and clerical workers have retired or resigned from the Division of Natural...

W.Va. trout stockings to commence in early January
W.Va. trout stockings to commence in early January

West Virginia’s most bone-chilling fishing season is only a few days away.

Soon after New Year’s Day, hatchery workers will begin stocking trout. By the end of the month, they will have delivered as many as 40,000 pounds of trout...

Dress right, use good sense for cold-weather angling
Dress right, use good sense for cold-weather angling

Any angler who ventures out in wintertime will verify that cold and wet don’t mix.

Problem is, winter happens to be cold and water happens to be wet. The secret to staying comfortable during winter fishing trips is to wear the right...

W.Va. DNR’s Jezioro to retire

West Virginia’s longest-serving Division of Natural Resources director is retiring.

Frank Jezioro, appointed to head the DNR in January 2005, will leave the post on Dec. 31. His 10-year stint as director spanned the administrations of Joe ...

W.Va. DNR readies for fully electronic licensing system
W.Va. DNR readies for fully electronic licensing system

Come New Year’s Day, one of West Virginia’s time-honored institutions will disappear into history.

Traditional hunting and fishing licenses — printed on thin cardstock and festooned with colorful stamps — will pass...

December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions
December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions

Foul weather might have wreaked havoc with West Virginia’s recent buck season, but wildlife officials say there are still opportunities to put venison in the freezer.

The state’s so-called “family antlerless-deer...

John McCoy: Don’t knock winter fishing until you try

I know, I know. To normal people, the words “fishing” and “snow” don’t belong in the same sentence.

Call me weird, but I rather enjoy fishing in snowy weather.

Wintertime trout fishing has given me some...

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