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Every year I hear stories about big velvet bucks that people are seeing in fields during the latter part of August. 

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BECKLEY, W.VA. — Labor Day weekend might be the unofficial end of summer, but there are plenty of opportunities in the coming months for fishing adventures in the Mountain State, according to fish management officials for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

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No matter if you have bow hunted for 1 season or 20, it seems that every archer can remember their 1st bow hunt with vivid clarity. Whether or not a tag was filled during this outing had little bearing on how the day was perceived, as it is quite difficult to label the jumping-off point of a…

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Nothing in the world of bowhunting will crush you like the following scenario. You plan for months and years. You put in food plots, or scout, and narrow down thousands of public land acres to a 20-by-20-yard sweet spot. Season opens, and you spend hours and hours in a treestand or ground blind.

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When I think of August, my mind automatically turns to a set of binoculars and big velvet bucks. 

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With the calendar turning to August, attention has switched to tilling, fertilizing and planting fall food plots for the upcoming hunting season. 

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Last week we discussed the best states to hunt on a budget. Though location is important, it is just a small piece of the budget of a hunting experience. When taking a budget friendly “destination” hunting trip, there are a lot of other factors to consider, such as food, shelter and equipmen…

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When it comes to counting migratory game birds such as Canada geese, 1-2-3 is easier said than done. That’s why we keep track of the goose population by placing identification bands on hundreds of geese each summer. This ingenious method of counting helps our wildlife biologists and game man…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — In an effort to understand declining firefly populations, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is inviting the public to participate in a citizen science project to track lightning bug sightings in the Mountain State.

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One of my favorite things to do is pack all of my hunting gear into the bed of my truck and head somewhere far away from home, where there are absolutely no other distractions. 

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With archery seasons approaching across the country, more and more people are spending their free time out and about, hanging trail cameras and hoping to get pictures of a buck that they can stay up all night dreaming about. 

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When I was in college, I spent a lot of time at an archery shop doing odd jobs such as building arrows and setting up bows. Every year around mid-September, people would flood into the shop complaining that they could not get their broadheads to fly like their field points. After assessing t…

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 When it comes to whitetail hunting, a lot of people out there access their hunting properties from the very front, or easiest place to access with a 4-wheeler or side by side. 

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With the increased outdoor recreation due to COVID-19, it is important to remember to stay safe amidst your outdoor activities. In the region around Hampshire County, there are not as many threats to a person’s wellbeing as some might think, but there are certainly a few things that people n…

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Each year in the middle of June, I sit down and think through my bow and arrow setup to determine if there is anything that I want to seriously change from the previous year. After a lot of thought, I decided to order, and build a completely new set of arrows, mainly because I wanted somethi…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia bears begin leaving their dens around mid-March. They emerge hungry and looking for food. People who feed them by accident or design put themselves, their property and especially the bears at risk.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON— Leading up to West Virginia's annual free fishing weekend, the state Division of Natural Resources has stocked nearly 6,000 pounds of channel catfish in 41 ponds and lakes around the state.

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A bald eagle took a flight break for an hour or so last Thursday on a tree branch along Heidi Cooper Road in Shanks. Resident Tammy Timbrook admits the pictures “are just a tad blurry from excitement.” She said a bald eagle spent time near a pond on their property 2 years ago. o

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With the summer months approaching, people are getting out more and more every day. One of the more popular summer activities, especially this year, is fishing. Although some people like to go out and throw a line in with intentions of relaxing, others pound the water, targeting specific spe…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — According to preliminary data, West Virginia hunters harvested 11,314 birds during the spring turkey season, a slight increase over the 2019 harvest of 11,215. The 2020 spring turkey harvest is close to the five-year average of 11,344 and 9 percent above the 10-year…

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With turkey season in the rear view mirror, I have begun to make my shift over to whitetails, and planning my approach for the upcoming fall. Maryland has always intrigued me, as it has a very early archery opener, usually sometime in the first week of September. This past week I drove from …

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A cicada emerges in the front lawn of a house just off J.R. Rannells Road on Sunday. 

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After sitting on the sidelines for a week with all of my tags being punched, I was quite happy when my buddy Joey Charlton invited me to tag along with him and his son J.J. for a long weekend in Ohio. After gaining permission from my wife, Amanda, I excitedly packed my gear with high anticip…

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I hopped in my truck around 3:45 on the morning of May 6th, as I was headed about an hour north to hunt a farm in south central Pennsylvania. Even though it was calling for high winds later in the morning, I was pretty confident that I could get in tight to a bird around daylight, and make a…

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It is no question that April is one of my favorite months of the year. The glooms of winter are starting to fall away, as flowers are blooming, mushrooms are popping, and turkeys are gobbling. With spring gobbler season opening this week, I thought it would be good to visit a subject pertain…

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ELKINS, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has launched a citizen science project to track the distribution of eastern box turtles across the state and is asking the public to report sightings of this important but declining reptile.

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Well, if the old saying, “April showers will bring May flowers,” is true, we should have plenty blooming next month. There definitely hasn’t been a shortage of rain so far this spring. 

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Just to give you a feel for summer, here’s a classic Clint from July 2009: 

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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…