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W.Va. DNR’s Jezioro to retire


West Virginia’s longest-serving Division of Natural Resources director is retiring.

Frank Jezioro, appointed to head the DNR in January 2005, will leave the post on Dec. 31. His 10-year stint as director spa...

W.Va. DNR readies for fully electronic licensing system


Come New Year’s Day, one of West Virginia’s time-honored institutions will disappear into history.

Traditional hunting and fishing licenses — printed on thin cardstock and festooned with colorf...

December antlerless seasons become holiday traditions


Foul weather might have wreaked havoc with West Virginia’s recent buck season, but wildlife officials say there are still opportunities to put venison in the freezer.

The state’s so-called “fam...

Asian carp DNA found in more W.Va. waters


Are West Virginia’s rivers being infiltrated by invasive Asian carp?

The answer is an unequivocal “probably.” Researchers aren’t finding live fish, but they’re finding the fishes&...

Buck kill plunges 34 percent, DNR says


West Virginia’s buck season has been blown away.

Snow and rain also played a part, but wildlife officials believe the 50-mph winds that whipped across the Mountain State on opening day contributed most heavi...

December firearm season will determine W.Va.’s 2014 bruin harvest


So it all comes down to December.

Earlier this fall, West Virginia wildlife officials flatly predicted a record-breaking bear kill for 2014. The number of bruins killed during the upcoming December firearm season w...

Social media helps fish and game cops solve cases


The Information Age cuts two ways.

The Internet has oodles of information we can use, but it also contains information that can be used against us.

Need proof? Just ask an ever-growing group of game- and fish...

W.Va. DNR and WVU begin 2-year bobcat study


Studying bobcats isn’t easy; they’re shy, secretive and hard to find.

Still, that isn’t stopping a group of researchers determined to learn more about West Virginia’s bobcat population.<...

W.Va.’s blackpowder season gets back in the groove


Well, it’s official. After a year in the doldrums, West Virginia’s muzzleloader season is back to its old self.

State wildlife officials say the disappointing 2012 season, which was switched from mid-...

W.Va. waterfowl hunters should watch the weather


Those pesky “polar vortices” that bring unseasonably cold temperatures to West Virginia do have one hidden benefit: They can make waterfowl hunting a lot better.

“Generally when you have someth...

DNR: Buck season OK despite opening-day winds


BUFFALO — High winds and scattered showers on the opening day of West Virginia’s buck season almost certainly kept hunters from killing as many deer as they otherwise might hav...

Size of W.Va.’s buck harvest largely hinges on weather


On the eve of West Virginia’s 2014 firearm season for buck deer, state wildlife officials have their mind on one thing — the weather.

“A lot will hinge on the weather conditions during the seas...

Fancy flies earn honors for area vets


HUNTINGTON — Two Huntington-area fly tiers are getting rewarded this weekend.

The men, military veterans who learned to tie flies in the Project Healing Waters program, earned ex...

Deer hunters should help boost bear harvest, DNR says


If West Virginia enjoys a record-breaking bear season this year, chances are good that deer hunters played a sizable role in making it happen.

More than half the state’s counties are now open to bear hunting...

W.Va. DNR gains following on social media


West Virginia’s hunters and anglers are moving into a couple of new cyber homes.

Two new social media sites offer sportsmen and sportswomen opportunities to share what they’re doing in the outdoors, a...

New state parks chief says funding is key to system’s future


One can pardon Sam England for feeling he’s married to West Virginia’s park system.

After all, he married the park system three days before he married his wife.

“It’s true,”...

WVDNR’s fishing-regulations collection provides insight to state’s culture, history


How many West Virginians know what a “green bass” is? What about a “jack salmon?”

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, those were the terms Mountain State anglers used for largemouth bass and wa...

Skeet shooter still active at age 100


HERNSHAW — For Dr. Bill Rossman, skeet shooting has been the hobby of a lifetime — a long, long, long lifetime.

So when the retired psychiatrist celebrated his 100th birth...

W.Va.’s whitetail rut sparks myths, misconceptions


Of the myriad components of deer-hunting lore, few are as misunderstood as the yearly whitetail rut.

Conventional wisdom holds that buck deer, focused on mating, pursue receptive does with such blind ardor that the...

Fur prices are good, but W.Va. trappers scarce


State wildlife officials say the upcoming season would look pretty decent for West Virginia’s trappers — if there were more of them.

Furbearer populations are good, at least for the most part. If fur ...