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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...

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...

Popular Kanawha State Forest has long list of needed repairs


Shopping for a 9,300-acre state forest isn’t easy.

Just ask Kevin Dials, superintendent of Kanawha State Forest just outside Charleston. Dials has taken a long, hard look at the forest’s needs, and th...

Legislation clears way for W.Va.’s elk-stocking program


It’s official. Sometime in the not-too-distant future, West Virginia will have its own elk herd.

Last weekend, the state Legislature passed a bill that allows the Division of Natural Resources to import elk ...

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 Mounta...

Technical fouls aid Magnolia’s 59-46 upset of Greater Beckley Christian


Sometimes timing is everything.

A pair of untimely technical fouls against Greater Beckley Christian handed Magnolia some much-needed fourth-quarter momentum and a 59-46 upset of the second-seeded Crusaders in Frid...

CLASS AA: Fairmont Senior dominates boards, tops Mingo Central 59-44


The Fairmont Senior Polar Bears are a tidy bunch.

Witness Thursday’s Class AA state tournament quarterfinal against Mingo Central, when the Polar Bears swept the boards squeaky-clean against the taller Miner...

CLASS A: Magnolia’s late rally dooms Notre Dame 49-48


Magnolia High should change its nickname to the Phoenixes.

Trailing by 10 points with just 2:02 remaining in Wednesday’s Class A state tournament quarterfinal, the third-seeded Blue Eagles shocked Notre Dame...

W.Va. artist commemorates anglers’ catches with ‘trophy paintings’


WINFIELD — Janet Ripper Chambers is an artist, but she’s also a two-dimensional taxidermist.

The trophies she creates don’t start off as slimy, smelly carcasses. Th...

Girls state tournament: Wheeling Central holds off Tucker County 52-40


Sometimes one good quarter is enough.

Second-seeded Wheeling Central built a 12-point first-period lead and held on for a 52-40 victory over Tucker County in a foul- and turnover-plagued Class A state tournament se...

W.Va.’s bald eagle population has come a long way


The future for West Virginia’s bald eagles looks as bright as the snow-white feathers on the birds’ heads.

Forty years ago, the only eagles seen in the Mountain State were migrants “just passi...

Girls state tournament: Lincoln upsets North Marion behind Bray’s 28 points


When Lincoln needed its star player most, Hope Bray didn’t disappoint.

The sophomore guard sank five clutch free throws in the final minute of Thursday’s Class AA state tournament quarterfinal and lif...

Girls state tournament: Tucker outlasts St. Marys 60-50


For Tucker County, Wednesday’s Class A girls’ state tournament quarterfinal was a case of “better late than never.”

The third-seeded Mountain Lions frittered away a 10-point third-quarte...

New walleye regs would be complicated but necessary, DNR says


West Virginia’s walleye-fishing regulations are about to get a lot more complicated, but fisheries officials say it’s for a good cause.

“We believe the regulations we’re proposing will h...

MEC women’s tournament: Shepherd outlasts Glenville 100-91


Second-seeded Shepherd rode the scoring of seniors Gabby Flinchum and Briana Vaden to a 100-91 victory over Glenville State in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference basketball tournament.


W.Va.’s DNR wildlife chief resigns suddenly


West Virginia is getting a new wildlife chief.

Curtis Taylor, who headed up the Division of Natural Resources’ wildlife section for 14 years, retired abruptly on Monday.

DNR Director Bob Fala said Tayl...

W.Va. bowhunting group celebrates 35 years of archery advocacy


In 1980, bowhunting was a fast-growing pastime.

The compound bow, first mass-marketed in the mid-1970s, immediately made archers more accurate and deadly than they’d ever been before. Tens of thousands of We...

Questions could spark lively debate at March’s DNR sportsmen’s meetings


When sportsmen meet with state wildlife officials in mid-March, chances are good that hunters will have a lot to say.

Why? Because members of the state Natural Resources Commission have added four rather provocativ...

For W.Va.’s fish hatchery workers, there is no ‘off-season’


APPLE GROVE — There’s no shortage of work in a fish hatchery, even when most of the fish are gone.

Just ask the employees at West Virginia’s two “warm-water” fish hatcheries. The ...

W.Va. DNR proposes more conservative deer regulations for 2015


West Virginia wildlife officials want hunters to go easy on antlerless deer in 2015.

To make sure that happens, Division of Natural Resources biologists have proposed significantly more conservative bag limits for ...

W.Va. angler travels the world in search of trout


Vince Dudley is living a trout fisherman’s dream.

In the past 17 years, the 67-year-old Charleston native has visited fished for trout, char and salmon in all four of Earth’s hemispheres. His travels ...

New sponsors help expand ‘Trail of Dreams’ bass-tournament circuit


The pot is getting a little sweeter for bass fishing’s weekend warriors.

Promoters of The Trail of Dreams, a nine-tournament series geared toward West Virginia’s amateur bass anglers, say they plan to...

DNR to take ‘cautious approach’ to setting 2015 fall turkey season


At first glance, it might appear that West Virginia’s 2014 fall turkey season was startlingly similar to 2013’s.

Appearances can be deceiving.

Curtis Taylor, wildlife chief for the state Divisio...

W.Va. parks, DNR to offer prizes for tagged trout


Catching a trout might just help you pay for your next vacation.

Starting in March, people who catch specially tagged trout at some West Virginia state parks will earn $100 discounts on week-long stays at designate...

W.Va. fishing-lure maker makes splash with turkey call


AMMA — Bill Looney is best known as the fisherman who invented the legendary Amma Bama muskie lure. Now he’s branching out into hunting gear.

At the recent West Virginia H...