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Every year, Pennsylvania brings their late archery season/flintlock season on Dec. 26, and runs it through Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Squirrels torment me every deer season, moving over the leaves as if they’re imitating a big buck sneaking through the woods. Every winter after I’ve punched my tag, I’ve vowed to come back to get my revenge on the bushy-tailed scoundrels. It helps that they taste very good, too.

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Josh Keiter is a Hampshire County native who currently resides in Capon Bridge. Over the years, I have gotten to know Josh better and better through our love of chasing turkeys and bucks. This past fall, Keiter chased a great eastern Ohio buck for the entire month of October, and did a remar…

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I was fortunate to have the ability to spend a whole lot of time outside over the past 12 months. In all honesty, Covid gave me the chance to get outside even more than normal, especially last spring, when I spent a ton of time “social distancing” by looking for shed antlers or chasing turke…

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Chasing whitetails is a year-long endeavor. Even when you aren’t actually hunting, you’re preparing to do so. Each phase of the season is different, requiring significant planning. But each of them is the same in that you have to get close to get it done. The information below will help you …

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Turkey hunters harvested 1,038 birds during the fall season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reports preliminarily.

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Since I was a young boy, I have spent many hours trekking the hills and hollows of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, as well as the south central part of Pennsylvania, with hopes of pushing deer in the directions of waiting hunters. My dad introduced me to the camaraderie of hunting wi…

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If I was put into a position where I had to choose whether I could only hunt with a bow, or only hunt with a gun, I would choose bow hunting every time. With that being said, there is just something about gun season that brings a bit of excitement that can’t be replicated. As a child, I coul…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia Division of Forestry, National Wild Turkey Federation and others, is seeking private landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat on th…

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With the calendar breaking into the month of November, it is finally the time that all whitetail hunters dream of: “Sweet November.” This is an absolutely magical time of year in the deer woods, as bucks are on the prowl looking for does that are coming into their breeding cycle. Just a mont…

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Since killing the big Pennsylvania buck on Oct. 5, I have had a major string of bad luck in West Virginia that has kept me from getting a crack at a nice buck. Two weeks ago, I had the cow incident, where I was getting ready to draw my bow on a nice 8 point, when a bunch of cows decided it w…

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I have been archery hunting my Aunt’s property in Bedford County, Pa. for the last 13 years. Over that time, I have been blessed to take quite a few bucks, and some really nice ones at that. Even though Pennsylvania has antler restrictions, the amount of extremely large bucks is not that muc…

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You just let an arrow fly on a great buck. A few minutes later you call your buddies, sounding like a giddy little kid. Once the adrenaline subsides, the real work begins. If you do not see or hear your buck crash, you’ve got some blood trailing to do. There are many blood trailing mistakes …

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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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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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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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