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On Thursday, Oct. 7, I found myself running out of my classroom as soon as the final bell rang. I hopped in my truck, and took off for Pennsylvania, as I had been getting daylight pictures of a shooter on a cellular camera for a few days in a row. That particular camera was set up on a pair …

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The 1st 10 days of archery season have come and gone, without any arrows being launched from my bow. In fact. I know very few people who have found success in the 1st week and a half of the season. 

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We had a great day for our Bicycle Fun Ride on Sept. 25. The weather was fantastic, and everyone really enjoyed the ride. Special thanks go out to Ken Caldwell, who mapped out the route, took care of most of the advertising and even led the pack during the ride. His help and enthusiasm made …

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Opening weekend was full of cool temps, sunshine, and deer sightings as I had a couple of very close calls with nice bucks. In all honesty, I have never killed an opening day buck with a bow in W.Va. and this past weekend was probably as close as I have ever gotten. 

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When this article comes out, there will only be a couple of days until the opener of the 2021 West Virginia archery season. In the past 6 weeks, I’ve spent countless hours scouting and glassing, trying to pin down a nice buck or 2 to target. 

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Around this time of year, there is always a major spike in tree stand accidents, which makes a lot of sense since people are spending a lot of time climbing and hanging their stands for the upcoming season. 

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Around this time last year, I wrote a piece talking about different things that need to be checked on bows and crossbows before the season. Since we are less than a month away, I figured that we should dive a little deeper into that topic and discuss some things that are a little more pinpoi…

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Every year I talk to hunters who are excited about the bucks that they’re seeing every evening in hay or crop fields during August. Often, I hear them regurgitate plans of how they are going to attempt to kill the deer in the same spot when archery season opens. 

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Archery season is a mere 5 weeks away, meaning it is time to decide what you’ll be sending at deer. There are many types of heads on the market, for all sorts of situations and ideals. 

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Cellular trail cameras have taken the whitetail world by storm over the past few seasons. It seems as though every trail camera company is producing an affordable version of a cell camera to compete with one another. 

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — A new West Virginia State Parks coupon book containing exclusive discounts on lodging, dining, activities and merchandise is now available to purchase online and at park and forest gift shops around the state.

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All food plots should be planted with caution, care and plenty of planning. That holds especially true for the perfect kill plot, which is also referred to as a micro plot. By definition, kill plots are small plantings that are strategically located, oriented, shaped, synced, timed, and more…

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ELKINS — A new atlas including detailed information about bird species in the Mountain State has been published, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced.

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — Efforts to restore native brook trout in the Mountain State continue and fisheries biologists for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently surveyed a trout stream in Tucker County to see if the project is showing signs of success.

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Buck beds are trendy as heck right now in the whitetail sphere, and the hype very well might be deserved. These earthy ovals in the dirt are truly valuable pieces of sign. But finding a buck bed and actually using that intel to kill a buck are 2 very different things. With summer scouting in…

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TAKOMA PARK, Md.  — A plump robin wearing a tiny metal backpack with an antenna hops around a suburban yard in Takoma Park, then plucks a cicada from the ground for a snack.

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It happens every summer. Sometimes it’s a trail cam pic, sometimes it’s a sighting at the back of a bean field. Regardless of what form it takes, the adrenaline rush and the questions are always the same. Is that a shooter? Is that going to be the buck?

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There is no doubt that trail cameras have changed the way that people hunt, as it seems like everyone now has at least one camera, while some (including myself) have dozens. The debate over how to handle the use of trail cameras by hunters in the state of Arizona has been brewing for some time. 

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A big change has come to 4 of the state parks that we have here in WV. Instead of just offering “cold camping”, or RV options, a few of our parks are teaming up with an outside company to offer a “glamping” option. For those who don’t know, “glamping” is a newly acquired verb for camping, bu…

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The National Park Service is planning to use tiny bugs to battle an invasive species of weed that’s found in abundance within the C&O Canal National Historical Park and along the Potomac River.

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Here’s a question I’ve been getting a lot: “what is the purpose of cicadas?” It can be a loaded question, but I think people just want a concrete answer to justify the magnitude of the unusual (why only once every 17 years, why so many) or annoying (inconvenience, noise, ornamental tree dama…

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