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When bugs are plentiful, trout can get mighty choosy
JOHN McCOY | Sunday Gazette-Mail
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...

When dogwoods bloom, it’s time to fish for crappie

I don’t know if Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers got it started, but there’s an ongoing debate on how to pronounce the name of one of West Virginia’s most popular game fish.

In the 1937 film, “Shall We Dance,”...

Anglers can earn camping, cabin discounts in state

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Division of Natural Resources is encouraging families to go fishing and visit West Virginia’s state parks through a rewards program.

Those who catch tagged trout at one of five state parks will earn a...

Small W.Va. creeks can yield some mighty big muskies
Small W.Va. creeks can yield some mighty big muskies

Hook a trophy muskellunge in a small creek and you’ll know what it’s like to have a knife fight in a phone booth.

“You usually hook muskies near [sunken] timber, and in a small stream there’s a lot of it real close...

Anglers outline tactics for catching big spring bass
Anglers outline tactics for catching big spring bass

Spring can be a frustrating time to fish for bass, but it can be a great time, too.

In fact, seasoned anglers consider early spring to be one of the very best times to catch bragging-sized bass — provided you can find them, and provided...

State launches electronic game check system for hunters

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia is making it easier for hunters and trappers to check in their game.

A new electronic system allows hunters to check game in by phone or computers.

The West Virginia Division of Natural...

Pre-season shotgun patterning can help hunters kill more turkeys
Pre-season shotgun patterning can help hunters kill more turkeys

You sit, shotgun up, hardly daring to breathe, as you wait for that wily old spring gobbler to appear.

So far, so good. He gobbled at your first soft tree-yelp, and gobbled again after he flew down from his roost. He seems to know where you are, ...

State hatchery crews struggle to make up missed trout stockings
State hatchery crews struggle to make up missed trout stockings

Severe weather wreaked havoc with West Virginia’s winter trout stockings this year, so much so that hatchery crews are still scrambling to make up for all the lost stocking runs.

Ice-covered roads prevented hatchery trucks from getting...

Fifteen-year-old girl is a natural at turkey hunting
Fifteen-year-old girl is a natural at turkey hunting

GLEN DANIEL — Like most teen-age girls, Chelsie Cline seldom lets her iPhone stray far from her hand.

She doesn’t let turkeys or deer get away, either.

Cline, a high-school freshman who just...

New W.Va. law forbids use of drones to aid hunters

Hunters like technology.

Sometimes they take their love of gadgets a little too far; and when that happens, things can get a little weird.

Imagine, for example, a guy sitting in a tree stand, eyeing a herd of deer browsing at the end of a...

Addition to elk bill clears way for deer crossbow season

In the final hectic days of the West Virginia Legislature’s yearly sessions, news sometimes gets lost in all the hubbub.

That happened again this year when, during the final two days of lawmaking, the Mountain State took a sizable step...

Social media helps snag trout-poaching anglers

BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia fish and wildlife officers are crediting social media for helping them track down two young fishermen who hauled in four dozen trout from Big Clear Creek in Greenbrier County.

The West Virginia Division of...

John McCoy: Lack of unity hampers W.Va. hunters, anglers

West Virginia’s hunters and anglers need a voice.

For too many years, the state’s estimated 300,000 sportsmen and sportswomen have cowered in the shadows, fearing the next blow they might suffer at the hands of elected and...

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