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Homely catfish get lots of love from W.Va. anglers
Homely catfish get lots of love from W.Va. anglers

Catfish aren’t the prettiest fish in the world, but to West Virginia’s anglers they’re beautiful.

And, as biologist Jeff Hansbarger points out, those whiskered denizens of the deep are pretty darned important too....

W.Va.’s ‘Free Fishing Days’ set for June 13, 14

Something’s a little different about this year’s edition of West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days: The dates.

“It’s a little later this year,” said Bret Preston, fisheries chief for the state Division of...

Hunters outnumber deer killed at Bridgeport urban hunt
Hunters outnumber deer killed at Bridgeport urban hunt

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport’s urban deer hunt last year had more than twice as many bow hunters as the number of deer killed.

Bridgeport Deputy Police Chief Randy Hartley says 118 hunters killed 52...

State sets free fishing weekend June 13-14

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s annual free fishing weekend is set for June 13-14.

Division of Natural Resources director Bob Fala says that during those two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virginia...

West Virginians want elk, but are they ready for them?
West Virginians want elk, but are they ready for them?

So it’s going to happen. Sometime in the next few years, elk will be reintroduced to West Virginia’s southern mountains.

It’s what the people wanted; at a pair of well-attended public meetings last fall, attendees voiced...

W.Va. DNR: Turkey season, e-check met expectations
W.Va. DNR: Turkey season, e-check met expectations

West Virginia wildlife officials learned a lot about their new electronic licensing system over the course of the past month.

They also learned a lot about how hunters fared during the spring turkey-hunting season.

Chris Ryan, game...

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...

They may be small, but sunfish sure are fun

The first impression I ever had of sunfish was just how strong they were.

I started out fishing the creek behind my house for creek chubs which, while plentiful and easy to catch, didn’t put up much of a fight. Nothing put much of a bend...

When bugs are plentiful, trout can get mighty choosy
When bugs are plentiful, trout can get mighty choosy

It’s a lament heard on many a trout stream.

“I can’t figure it out. Fish are feeding like crazy, but nothing I try seems to work.”

Welcome to the mysterious world of selectivity. It’s an odd place where...

DNR answers questions about crossbow season
DNR answers questions about crossbow season

Now that crossbow seasons have been established for all of West Virginia’s big-game animals, questions are cropping up.

Since May 3, when members of the state Natural Resources Commission voted to establish special crossbow hunts for deer,...

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 ...

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