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It’s a crazy world we live in nowadays as I’ve stated several times before.  Our fast-paced society has slammed on the brakes and came to a halt.  I’ve always believed that everything happens for a reason and in this case it’s time to hit the reset button and go back to the way things were w…

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Until the Governor’s stay-in-place order is lifted, all parks in Hampshire County will be closed. This may be inconvenient for many people, but the HCP&R Board doesn't want to take the risk of potential of spreading the virus to many families.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — There are 13 species of turtle in West Virginia, but the most beloved is none other than the eastern box turtle.Eastern box turtles are on the move now that spring has arrived and are a familiar sight in backyards and along hiking trails. These reptiles get their na…

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It’s the time of the year to hit the woods for some spring tonic, the smelly but tasty, West Virginia ramp.  It finally stopped raining long enough to make it out this past weekend for the first mess of the year.  The ramps were easy to dig with the saturated ground.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — A West Virginia angler recently caught a state record grass carp in Hardy County. It’s the second record grass carp caught in the last two months.

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I think there is no better time to get outside, away from people, and into the outdoors than right now.  The outdoors provides a safe and relaxing atmosphere that everyone can enjoy and benefit from.  There is plenty to do around here as we live in an outdoor paradise.                       …

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The weather has broken and the recent 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 takes place on March 19 marking the first official day of spring.

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The Archery in the Schools program is organized by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and is present in more than 300 schools across the state.  It is open to public, private and home school students in grades 4 through 12.  This is a great program that gives students wh…

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KEYSER — If you’ve heard that fly fishing only targets trout and salmon, you’ve heard wrong! Fly fishing today is as diverse as any style of fishing. 

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Late-season hunting opportunities have been few and far between with the winter we’ve been having. This past weekend the temperatures finally warmed up enough to thaw things out. With a break in the weather, my buddy Jason invited me along for a rabbit hunt before the season ends.

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ELKINS, W.Va. — Fishing opportunities abound in West Virginia thanks to the Division of Natural Resources’ year-round trout stocking program. Since the start of the year, DNR fisheries biologists have been stocking trout in lakes and streams around the state to provide places where anglers a…

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This week I decided to write about an elusive critter that roams our mountains, but is seldom seen — the fisher. I’ve never laid eyes on one myself but a few years ago I captured a blurry picture on my trail camera that sure did resemble a fisher. I did a little more research and found that …

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The coyote is a predator that continues to intrigue me as they’ve taken up residence throughout the entire country. They are literally everywhere now.

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It seems every time you turn the TV on now and watch the news it’s all doom and gloom.  Of course they have to make it over dramatic and every storm is going to be the big one.  I try to ignore all the negativity and the only thing I really pay attention to anymore is the weather forecast wh…

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With the start of a new decade this year, I decided to take a look back at the most notable changes that took place to hunting seasons in West Virginia during the last decade.  Growing up in the late 1900’s I always wondered what life was going to be like in the year 2000.  It’s still hard t…

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Just because deer season is over and winter is here, doesn’t mean you have to put the guns away quite yet. 

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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?

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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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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…