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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…

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With the start of a new decade this year, I decided to take a look back at the most notable changes that took place to hunting seasons in West Virginia during the last decade.  Growing up in the late 1900’s I always wondered what life was going to be like in the year 2000.  It’s still hard t…

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Just because deer season is over and winter is here, doesn’t mean you have to put the guns away quite yet. 

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to hunt and stalk big game in the rugged West Virginia hills and hollows during the late 1800s and early 1900s?

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Now that deer season is over and the freezer is hopefully full, the best part comes with the tasty meals that follow.  There are several ways to cook deer meat, or venison, and this week I thought I’d share a few recipes. 

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The most popular week of deer hunting has passed as fast as the Thanksgiving leftovers, but there’s still another week of buck season left for those, including me, that weren’t so lucky.  I like hunting during the second week as the deer start to calm back down some and the bucks are on a fr…

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Clint’s out in the woods like so many of us for the start of buck season, so here’s his look at the start of the hunt 5 years ago.

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The week of Thanksgiving is almost here and the much-anticipated opening morning of buck firearm season will start on Monday (Nov. 25).

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November is a busy time of the year for me with deer season and the rut in full swing. Months of preparation have led up to the best deer hunting of the entire year.

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The week of Halloween is here and things are about to get interesting in the deer woods. The smaller bucks have been pushing each other around and pestering the does. The bigger bucks that were only making night time appearances are moving during daylight hours now.

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October is a busy time of the year for me as well as for all of the other creatures living in the woods.  The squirrels have been running around like crazy gathering hickory and other nuts to bury for a food stash as they prepare for the upcoming winter months.  The deer have been moving mor…

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It’s that time of the year deer hunters look forward to as the pre-rut phase of the breeding season is upon us.

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released their findings for the 2019 Mast Survey and according to it, there’s food in the woods this year.

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With highs soaring up into the low nineties, it is easy to get discouraged at this point in the archery season. Even with the high temps, it is still possible to find success on an early season whitetail. The key is the same as it always is this time of year. Find the food, find the beds, an…

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel says the state’s 2019 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 28 and run through Dec. 31.

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It’s here. The much-anticipated start to the 2019 deer seasons will begin this Saturday, Sept. 28, with the archery and crossbow opener.

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As another hunting season approaches, we as hunters have the responsibilities to obey the law, be safe and hunt ethically.