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Storm-felled trees create new trout habitat in W.Va’s Mill Creek

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Even a good trout stream can stand a little improvement.

That’s why a crew of workers has spent most of the summer dragging fallen logs into the crystalline waters of Randolph County’s Mill Creek, cre...

DNR to sample Elk, Kanawha fish for MCHM effects

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State fisheries workers plan to sample the Elk and Kanawha rivers next week to see if January’s chemical leak affected fish health.

Division of Natural Resources crews will collect redhorse suckers, a bottom...

New W.Va. regulations curtail collection of venomous snakes

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West Virginia’s official state reptile enjoys a little more protection nowadays than it once did.

Regulations effective earlier this year prevent everyone from snake enthusiasts to pet-trade opportunists to ...

New DNR enforcement chief says his ‘heart is still in the field’

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Coming up through the ranks gave Col. Jerry Jenkins the experience he needed for the job he now holds.

“I think I might be the only colonel who has held all the ranks available within the Division of Natural...

Feds set W.Va.’s migratory bird seasons

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The feds have spoken.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have set West Virginia’s seasons for mourning doves, woodcocks, snipes and rails.

Under this year’s regulations, hunting for doves,...

Opportunity leads archer Addington away from W.Va.

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WINFIELD — West Virginia means the world to Frank Addington Jr. That’s why he’ll miss it so much.

On Monday, Addington, 47, will load his wife and kids into the family SUV and begin the long dr...

Four-year-old lands 8-pound bass

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Ari Clark might fish for the rest of his life without catching a bass as large as the one he caught July 26, and that’s saying something.

After all, at 4 years of age, Ari has a lot of fishing left in his fu...

Kanawha State Forest program to tell bluebirds’ story

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Everyone loves bluebirds.

For that reason alone, Kanawha State Forest officials expect a nice crowd for today’s Bird of the Month presentation at the forest’s swimming-pool area.

Master naturali...

DNR to ‘spotlight survey’ deer herds

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West Virginia’s wildlife officials will take to the state’s back roads again in August and September to spotlight deer.

The deer won’t be killed; workers use spotlights only to observe and coun...

Tate Lohr Hatchery performs vital role

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OAKVALE — The phrase “you can’t get there from here” might well have been written to describe West Virginia’s Tate Lohr Trout Hatchery.

Located in an ...

Duck biologists recommend liberal season

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If federal wildlife officials heed the recommendations of waterfowl biologists, West Virginia’s duck hunters can look forward to a nice, long season.

Members of the Atlantic Flyway Council, representing stat...

DNR opens public lands to permit-based bear hunt

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A change in West Virginia’s bear-hunting regulations will open thousands of acres of prime bear habitat to hunters — provided they draw permits that allow them to hunt there.

Division of Natural Resou...

Offbeat activities are the new norm at Pipestem State Park

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PIPESTEM — Visitors to West Virginia’s Pipestem State Park have no shortage of unusual ways to spend their time.

In addition to the usual park fare — hiking, fishin...

W.Va. DNR traps bears to serve as surrogate mothers

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State wildlife officials are trying to snare a few “volunteers.”

No, put down the phone. You aren’t qualified — unless, of course, you happen to be a black bear.

Later this week, b...

Application period dwindles for limited antlerless permits

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Time is running out for deer hunters to apply for 3,245 antlerless-deer permits for West Virginia’s 2014 whitetail season.

Division of Natural Resources officials will only honor applications received by the...

W.Va. DEP Secretary to vie for national bass title

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West Virginia’s top environmental official leads a double life.

Through most of the week, Randy Huffman serves as secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection. On weekends, though, he takes ...

W.Va. park naturalists focus on entertainment as well as nature

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LAVALETTE — Melissa Cardina’s official title is “park naturalist,” but that only describes part of what she does.

“It’s not just about nature,” she said. “It&...

Retiring DNR law enforcement chief pauses to reflect

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When Col. David Murphy was a young conservation officer stationed in Braxton County, a chance encounter on a Sutton street made it painfully clear that he and his fellow officers had an identity problem.

“A ...

DNR hunts for bear accused of injuring W.Va. woman

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It’s rare for a bear hunt to take place in the summer, but one is going on now in Monongalia County.

Wildlife and law enforcement officials are looking for a female bear accused of injuring an unidentified w...

Chronic wasting disease spreads in W.Va.

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The numbers are in, and to deer hunters they’re discouraging.

They show that chronic wasting disease is spreading inside West Virginia, and it’s infecting more deer in areas where it occurs. Jim Crum,...