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Culloden man’s custom rifle was 11 years in the making

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CULLODEN — People who buy custom-made rifles have a lot of money, right?

Not necessarily.

Grady Lowe bought his custom rifle a little at a time. It took him 11 years of scr...

Culloden man’s custom rifle was 11 years in the making

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CULLODEN — People who buy custom-made rifles have a lot of money, right?

Not necessarily.

Grady Lowe bought his custom rifle a little at a time. It took him 11 years of scr...

Animal trophies deliver conservation message at Stonewall Jackson State Park

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ROANOKE — At West Virginia’s Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park, visitors can stand face-to-face with some of Earth’s most fearsome creatures.

They can marvel at a polar bear’s shovel-s...

When bugs are plentiful, trout can get mighty choosy

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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. I...

DNR answers questions about crossbow season

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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 ...

Elk reintroduction to W.Va. will be “huge,” new wildlife chief says

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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 ch...

Finding deer antlers is W.Va. man’s wintertime hobby

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SOD — One deer’s trash is Joey Pauley’s treasure.

Every winter, the Lincoln County lumberman combs the ridge tops and hillsides of southern West Virginia for cast-o...

Commission makes crossbow, turkey-season changes

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Sometimes the unexpected is…well, unexpected.

Members of the state Natural Resources Commission flexed their muscles a bit at their May 3 meeting, approving a trio of important hunting-season decisions that ...

‘Murbles’ inventor to visit W.Va. to host tournament

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Look out, West Virginia; the Murble man is coming to visit.

Murray Kramer, who invented an outdoor game called Murbles, was so impressed by its growing popularity at Pipestem State Park he offered to host a tournam...

DNR struggles to meet habitat-creation goals

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FLATWOODS, W.Va. — Creating habitat for wildlife can’t be that hard.

Cut some trees, get rid of some invasive shrubs and ... voila! Critters live happily ever after, right?

In theory, thatȁ...

DNR struggles to meet habitat-creation goals

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FLATWOODS, W.Va. — Creating habitat for wildlife can’t be that hard.

Cut some trees, get rid of some invasive shrubs and ... voila! Critters live happily ever after, right?

In theory, thatȁ...

DNR struggles to meet habitat-creation goals

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FLATWOODS — Creating habitat for wildlife can’t be that hard.

Cut some trees, get rid of some invasive shrubs and ... voila! Critters live happily ever after, right?

Tips for an accident-free spring gobbler season

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In the camouflage-cloaked world of turkey-hunting safety, no news is good news.

That was the case in 2014, when West Virginia’s spring-gobbler hunters went through an entire four-week season without a single...

W.Va.’s lower turkey numbers force sportsmen to hunt harder

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Wildlife officials don’t expect West Virginia’s upcoming spring gobbler season to be a very good one.

At the same time, though, they say hunters shouldn’t be discouraged by a less-than-optimist...

Scientists switch labels for potentially endangered W.Va. crayfish

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What’s in a name?

A lot, actually. Just ask one of the biologists who, to keep from confusing themselves and the public, had to juggle the common and scientific names of two rare crayfish found in southern W...

Biologists look into reasons for turkey population declines

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Go ahead, ask most any West Virginia turkey hunter whether there are more or fewer turkeys today than there were 20 years ago.

Chances are you’ll be told there are fewer. And whoever tells you that will be r...

Electronic game check system is operational, DNR says

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When West Virginia’s spring gobbler season opens on April 27, successful hunters will need to do something they haven’t done before:

They’ll check in their kills electronically.

The state...

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

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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...

Anglers outline tactics for catching big spring bass

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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 yo...

Huntington promotes fitness through cycling

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HUNTINGTON — The West Virginia city once described as “America’s unhealthiest” hopes someday to bicycle away from that reputation.

Pre-season shotgun patterning can help hunters kill more turkeys

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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. ...

State hatchery crews struggle to make up missed trout stockings

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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...

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

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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

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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

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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...