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Now that all deer seasons have come to an end here in West Virginia, it is always interesting to analyze the overall harvest statistics from the season. These statistics can indicate whether or not the deer herd is healthy, hunter numbers and overall kill ratios throughout the entire state. 

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A new year ushers in new opportunities for the bowhunter. It’s an exciting time of the year as we put the wraps on one season and look ahead to the next. The question is, what will you do different this year to ensure success when the season arrives? 

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In 2019, West Virginia began the implementation of a heritage deer and bear season consisting of 3 days where people are allowed to hunt with primitive weapons. 

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On Christmas day, I hopped in my truck, pointed it west and made the 15-hour trip to north-central Missouri where I spent 6 days camping in my truck and chasing Midwestern bucks on public land with a muzzleloader. 

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2021 was full of ups and downs, but hunting certainly was on the upside for me over the past year. During 2021, I was able to hunt deer and turkeys in 7 different states and found success in many of them. 

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Without fail, when the guns start cracking, the deer begin to go underground as the woods are full of human intrusion. As the season progresses, sightings become lower and lower, especially when hunting without forced movement such as a drive, or push. 

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One of my favorite things about West Virginia’s gun season is getting together with familiar faces and putting together an old-school style of hunting camp. 

Starting on Tuesday of the 1st week, about a dozen of us get together to cut up, laugh, and push deer to one another with hopes of filling as many tags as we can. In all honesty, it isn’t the best way of killing a big buck, which is what I typically try to do, but it is so much fun that I don’t even mind it. 

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As invasive carp continue to pose ecological and economic threats to the Upper Mississippi River Basin, researchers at West Virginia University hope to uncover ways to minimize the species’ expansion.

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Without fail the opening day of rifle season builds up an enthusiasm that simply does not happen during archery. 

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Throughout the year, whitetail hunters dream of the month of November due to the higher than normal amount of buck activity. 

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Submit pictures of your takes to be included in the 19th annual Whitetails and Bears supplement, presented by Just Pawn It of Capon Bridge.

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The calendar has officially turned to November, which means 1 thing: the whitetail rut is about to be in full swing. 

Every year around this time, bucks start losing their nocturnal tendencies, and for a few sweet weeks, they become much more daylight active as they begin looking for receptive does to breed. 

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Austin Shirley, a sophomore at Hampshire High School, caught a 5-pound, 24-inch largemouth bass at Warden Lake in Wardensville on Aug. 7. Shirley, who has Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, was fishing with his paternal grandfather in a paddleboat when he caught the monster fish, which landed h…

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Lou Thibault caught 2 fish with 1 line. As Lou’s expression implicates the fish in bass catch was certainly a surprise.

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There is nothing better than late October. The leaves are turning from their dull green summer color to the fiery reds and yellows of fall. Instead of 90-degree days, there is a hint of crispness in the air each morning, making the smell of autumn float through the air with assertiveness. 

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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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