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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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Now that peak breeding for the wild turkey is pretty much over, it is time for the majority of hens to go to nest in order to create the next generation of turkeys. 

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Heading north to finish out the season is something that my hunting partner, Brandon Martin, and I have been wanting to do for quite a few years. 

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With turkey and mushroom season coming to an end, it’s time to start focusing a little bit of attention towards other outdoor activities to partake in this summer. 

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Hunter Stankwich took this spring gobbler at his family’s farm in the Augusta area. The 19-pound tom had a double beard — one 8 inches and the other 10.

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Since the turkey hunting was fairly slow, as far as trigger-pulling goes, this week I was able to talk my friend Mike Mladenik into writing a piece on fishing smallmouth bass in rivers. 

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When the calendar turns to May, I always get a bit more excited than the previous months. For whatever reason, I have had a lot of good luck calling in turkeys during the first ten days of the month, most likely because they are still gobbling well, but most of the hens have gone to nest, cr…

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There probably isn’t a more die-hard turkey hunter in the state of West Virginia than Brandon Martin. Throughout the years, I have watched Brandon blossom into the absolute best turkey killer that I have personally met. Being the same age, Brandon and I have spent a lot of time chasing both …

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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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