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Harvest for the 2012 buck season is slightly down

December 15, 2012 I was talking to a very dissatisfied deer hunter this past week, who told me he had not bagged a buck this year. more »»

Downed trees did make a difference during deer season

December 7, 2012 As of Thursday, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has not released any figures on the total buck harvest for 2012. I reported last week that I had not fired a shot for this year. more »»

Wildlife sports gaining in popularity

December 1, 2012 This past August, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reported the number of hunters grew 9 percent between 2006 to 2011, and the number of anglers jumped 11 percent for the same period. more »»

Federal budget cuts will be devastating

November 10, 2012 In Washington, D.C., the federal government will soon take more than three-quarters of a million dollars ($760,000) out of West Virginia’s fish, wildlife, and law enforcement programs. more »»

Statewide mast is very spotty this year

October 20, 2012 Last week, I received my 2012 West Virginia Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook Report. This year, 309 locations of the state were surveyed by outdoor professionals and cooperators from all walks of life. more »»

Raffle revenues go toward youth activities

October 13, 2012 Another Mountain State Forest Festival has come and gone. more »»

Biologists trying interesting experiment

October 6, 2012 Fish biologists from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, along with West Virginia University research scientists, are going to try a somewhat interesting experiment this mont. more »»

Fall turkey numbers could be down

September 29, 2012 The squirrel season has been in for three full weeks, and I have only talked with two people who have been squirrel hunting this year. more »»

Autumn is the best time of the year

September 22, 2012 Autumn is finally here, and some people are saying that the September sun is warmer than the one in July. No one can argue that this year has been one of the warmest on record. more »»

Sport hunting brings in big revenue

September 8, 2012 When it comes to sport hunting in West Virginia, this year is no different than any of the others. more »»

Interest in squirrel hunting declining

September 1, 2012 My favorite time of the year is rapidly approaching. In last week’s column, I said that I could feel the chill of autumn in the early morning air. more »»

Fall turkey season is expanded

August 25, 2012 This summer has been different in a few ways. The months of June and July were exceedingly warm. Temperatures were at or near record highs. However, I think August has been quite typica. more »»

Governmental services are not free

August 18, 2012 It was in 1960 when I purchased my first hunting license. I bought the Class AB license (hunting and fishing combined). The cost was about $3. more »»

Many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy riding horses

August 11, 2012 The vast majority of my outdoor stories for the past 3-4 months have been about hunting and fishing. more »»

Hunting season is just six weeks away

July 28, 2012 While I am sitting here in this nice air-conditioned building putting together this week’s story, the temperature outside is 90 degrees. more »»

Applications to limited antlerless hunting areas are now available

July 21, 2012 Applications for the 2012 limited antlerless deer season are now available. more »»

Spring gobbler harvest down nearly 10 percent

June 23, 2012 This year’s spring gobbler season came to an end on May 19, 2012. From the preliminary figures, the harvest for 2012 was 8,332. This is nearly a 10 percent decline from the 2011 harvest of 9,216. more »»

Hunters’ property is being destroyed

June 9, 2012 I have to keep this week’s column short and factual because my older daughter is getting married Friday, June 8, 2012. She just turned 26 on June 6. more »»

Local sportsmen should be proud of the Izaak Walton League

June 2, 2012 It was at the annual fishing expo held at Elkins High School this past March when I ran into the current president of the Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. more »»

Catfish stocking program can bring families together

May 19, 2012 Catfish stocking is a relatively new program that was introduced by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in 2008. more »»



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