Outdoors

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Opening day always brings out feelings of excitement and thoughts of how the season is going to progress. Each and every year, I swear that I’ll never figure out how to call in another gobbler, but for whatever reason, it oftentimes seems to work out. 

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On Good Friday, Brandon Martin and I hopped in my truck around 3:30 a.m. and headed south to Tennessee with hopes of having turkeys gobble in every direction for the 5 days we were there. Being filled with excitement for the 1st hunt of the year, our conversation hardly deviated from strateg…

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CHARLESTON, WV – Anglers looking for an exciting fishing adventure in West Virginia will have opportunities to catch tiger trout this spring. Today, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) will stock this unique sport fish in lakes and streams …

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Josh is busy hunting turkeys in the Volunteer State this week and working on a fresh column for next week. Here is a classic from Crawford.

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Now that the calendar is shifting to April, turkeys are pretty much the only thing on my mind. For the past few years, my buddy Brandon Martin and I have kicked things off early by making a trip to Tennessee to start the season. Over the years, we have learned a few things about hunting thos…

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Big sponsors and loyal following spell success for the Bone Boys entering Season 6

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA. — On March 16, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia Gold Rush is returning for its 4th year. For the 1st time, Gold Rush will include 12 days of trout stockings at some of the state’s most popular fishing lakes and streams.

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In the turkey-hunting realm, there are a few variations of “slams” that can be completed by hunters who are willing to chase birds in various parts of the country or continent. 

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The pursuit of the Gray Crane Cup for 2021 begins on Tuesday, April 6, when we travel to Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs for the first of our six qualifiers. The cost for 18 holes of golf with a cart will be just $20, and the first tee times begin at 1 p.m.

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Anglers in West Virginia who want a good chance at catching a trophy walleye have the next two months to enjoy some of the best fishing in the state. 

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There is light at the end of the tunnel; we can finally say that we are nearing spring. With that comes the excitement of spending time outdoors in the comfort of warmer weather. Last week, when we had a few warm days, it seemed as though people were coming out of the woodwork to recreate an…

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CHARLESTON, WV –  Gov. Jim Justice kicked off the spring trout stocking season this morning, ceremonially stocking the first of over 1,400 trout that were released at Buffalo Creek today and announcing that, through his Spring Trout Stocking Initiative and other improvements to trout stockin…

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With the 2020-2021 season in the rear view mirror, it’s time that we look back at the data garnered by the wildlife biologists employed by the state. In all honesty, we are lucky to have a system which gives us pretty accurate data. Without this, biologists and resource officers would have a…

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund is accepting applications until April 2. Up to $450,000 may be awarded in total, including $50,000 for small grants.

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Traveling hunts aren’t cheap, but they don’t need to be expensive either. If you intend on taking an out-of-state hunting trip this spring or next fall, now is the time to start planning. A guided sheep hunt might be financially out of the question for many of us, but a quality DIY deer or t…

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Throughout the past 10-15 years, shed hunting has become increasingly popular amongst hunters across the country. Once hunting season ends, shed season begins and if you want to find that white gold, here are a few things that I have found to work. With that being said, I am not exactly a ma…

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Last week, we spent some time diving into the basic rules and regulations for states where tags primarily need to be drawn, which just so happens to be the majority of western states. This week, we are going to dive a little deeper into the basics of how different application systems work an…

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With many fall hunting seasons being over, it is time for application season, a season in which hunters can apply for licenses in limited draw units across the country. 

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Since the autumn of 2018, my understanding of Hamp-sure Cow-knee has increased tenfold. 

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SOUTH CHARLESTON — West Virginia hunters harvested a record 3,541 black bears during the 2020 seasons, the state Division of Natural Resources said Monday.

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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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