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The most popular week of deer hunting has passed as fast as the Thanksgiving leftovers, but there’s still another week of buck season left for those, including me, that weren’t so lucky.  I like hunting during the second week as the deer start to calm back down some and the bucks are on a fr…

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Clint’s out in the woods like so many of us for the start of buck season, so here’s his look at the start of the hunt 5 years ago.

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The week of Thanksgiving is almost here and the much-anticipated opening morning of buck firearm season will start on Monday (Nov. 25).

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November is a busy time of the year for me with deer season and the rut in full swing. Months of preparation have led up to the best deer hunting of the entire year.

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The week of Halloween is here and things are about to get interesting in the deer woods. The smaller bucks have been pushing each other around and pestering the does. The bigger bucks that were only making night time appearances are moving during daylight hours now.

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October is a busy time of the year for me as well as for all of the other creatures living in the woods.  The squirrels have been running around like crazy gathering hickory and other nuts to bury for a food stash as they prepare for the upcoming winter months.  The deer have been moving mor…

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It’s that time of the year deer hunters look forward to as the pre-rut phase of the breeding season is upon us.

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released their findings for the 2019 Mast Survey and according to it, there’s food in the woods this year.

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With highs soaring up into the low nineties, it is easy to get discouraged at this point in the archery season. Even with the high temps, it is still possible to find success on an early season whitetail. The key is the same as it always is this time of year. Find the food, find the beds, an…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel says the state’s 2019 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 28 and run through Dec. 31.

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It’s here. The much-anticipated start to the 2019 deer seasons will begin this Saturday, Sept. 28, with the archery and crossbow opener.

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As another hunting season approaches, we as hunters have the responsibilities to obey the law, be safe and hunt ethically.

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September is a transition month with cooler temperatures in the early mornings that triggers the leaves on the trees to start showing hints of fall colors.  Labor Day has come and gone, school is in session, football is back and yes, another hunting season is here.  The 2019 hunting season k…

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In a recent press release the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced that deer from several southeastern counties have died from hemorrhagic disease. 

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When John Denver sung about those Country Roads taking him home to the place where he belongs, I can totally relate.  Most West Virginians know the song word for word and grew up listening to it from birth.  It’s the theme song for West Virginia University and has been played at every home f…

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I’ve been using trail cameras for several years now and I have to say as if I don’t get pumped about hunting season enough the way it is, I get even more excited the first time I look at the photos they take.

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It’s amazing how some of the smallest critters living amongst us can do so much damage.

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The coyote is one animal that continues to intrigue me since it has taken up residence in West Virginia.

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The heat and humidity of summertime is an active period for biting insects and slithering reptiles. Snakes are an often talked about reptile in that you either like them or hate them.

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It never fails that every year around this time I see a nice buck and my thoughts start to look forward to the cool, frosty mornings of fall.

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Clint’s on the road this week, but wanted to remind us all of the horrific events of 3 years ago, so here’s a repeat of his column from June 29, 2016.

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The big black bruins that roam the hills and hollows of West Virginia have come a long ways since the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state admitted to the Union. The land was rugged and huge virgin timber towered over these hills and hollows.

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When it comes to the outdoors, perfect timing means everything.

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I’m not sure where spring went, but summertime is right around the corner.

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In a news release the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds people to “leave young wildlife alone.”

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I would say that the vast majority of those of us who love to fish started out by fishing for bluegill and bass in either a lake or a pond.

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The morel mushroom is one of West Virginia’s best known delicacies that grow wild in the woods statewide.

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My buddy Sam Cowell and I hit the woods to end the first week of the 2019 spring gobbler season and had a hunt neither one of us will forget.  I left the gun at the house and decided to tag along and let Sam have a turn.  We began the morning out on the point I normally listen for talking tu…

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It’s been a week since we lost our beloved dog Zep, which is never an easy thing to go through. We had him for 11 great years and I’ll cherish and remember the good times. Dogs truly are man’s best friend and they don’t live long enough.

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The weather has broken and the snow has melted with warmer temperatures back in the forecast. Daylight savings time has caused us to spring forward with an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. The Spring Equinox took place on the 20th marking the first official day of spring.

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DNR work kept Clint inside this week, so here’s an editor’s pick, one of Clint’s finest and saddest columns ever, from January 2015.

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A new state record has been broken in West Virginia for a fish that doesn’t grow to big proportions. Last year while fishing on Summersville Lake, Clinton Mills of Ravenswood hooked into what he thought was another walleye. The surprise came when the fish was brought to the surface and his f…

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River otters were once extinct in West Virginia but they now roam the waterways in almost every county thanks to a reintroduction program by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) in the early 1980’s. Over 200 otters were released in 14 major rivers across the state from 198…

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River otters were once extinct in West Virginia but they now roam the waterways in almost every county thanks to a reintroduction program by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) in the early 1980’s. Over 200 otters were released in 14 major rivers across the state from 198…

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Have you noticed a putrid smell in the air recently? Or why Pepe Le Pew is associated with love and Valentines Day? And most noticeably, more road killed skunks? The reason for all of the above is that right now is mating season for the striped skunks, which is the species most commonly foun…

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With the dead of winter here and big game seasons over, cabin fever can start to set in for the outdoor enthusiasts. Especially when temperatures drop below zero like we recently experienced.  I’ve always made the most out of the winter months and enjoy the snow and cold that come with it.  …

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Frigid weather and bitter cold temperatures finally arrived in the northeast. This past weekend the thermometer read -2 degrees with wind chills even colder. We humans complain about busted water pipes, but at least we’re able to stay warm in our homes.

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Now that deer season is over and the freezer is hopefully full, the best part comes with the tasty meals that follow. There are several ways to cook deer meat, or venison, and this week I thought I’d share a few recipes.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to hunt and stalk big game in the rugged West Virginia hills and hollows during the late 1800s and early 1900s? If so, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has created an opportunity to do just that with the first ever Mountaineer He…

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It’s hard to believe that another year has passed by and deer season is over. As December ends, it’s time to oil the rifle and put it back in the gun case until next fall. I finally picked up all of my hunting stuff and washed all of those clothes that I’ve been hearing about laying around t…

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With the 2018 deer seasons winding down and a New Year on the horizon, hunters have a couple of opportunities left to fill the freezer with tasty venison during the late split antlerless deer firearm seasons. The 1st half of the split antlerless season took place Dec. 6-9. The 2nd part of th…

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The 2018 muzzleloader season is one I’ll never forget as long as I live.

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I always look forward to pulling the muzzleloader out of the gun cabinet for the week-long season. This year’s muzzleloader season started this week on Dec. 10 and runs until Sunday Dec. 16. It’s a great time to fill the freezer with a doe if nothing else.

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Hampshire County hunters fared well during this year’s 2-week buck firearms season, as the county finished 4th in the state in total bucks harvested, and led its district, as well.

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Buck season may be over, but deer season is still in. Archery and crossbow seasons are open until Dec. 31 for those that have unfilled bow tags.

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I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break as it always goes by way too fast. There’s nothing better than spending some time with the ones you love and are close to. The food never disappoints, buck season is in, and work is the last thing on your mind. Those are a few things that make T…

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The opening morning of the 2018 buck firearms season found me in the right place at the right time.