Sport Columns

Time to focus on the trees

National Arbor Day is April 28. This is the time for people who enjoy being in the outdoors to be planting or transplanting some species of a tree. When I was a young teenager, I started developing a hobby of planting and studying trees. As I got older, trees became one of my favorite hobbies ...

Local drivers excel at speedways

Happy Easter, everyone. It was a rare off weekend in NASCAR and it seems impossible to get results from distant dirt tracks. I don’t understand not making results available to the press outside of your local audience. Many of our local guys travel to Tyler County Speedway or Legendary ...

Expo was great event for Elkins

This past weekend, I volunteered for the task of manning the Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America’s booth at the first ever Hunting and Fishing Expo in Elkins. This took place on Saturday and Sunday at the old National Guard Armory, which has been renamed the Phil ...

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NASCAR returns to Texas

The NASCAR teams were racing in the Lone Star state this past weekend. Over the off-season the Texas Motor Speedway underwent a major reconstruction and repave. Banking was reduced from turns one and two and the pit road was improved. The new pavement was not very forgiving but it was ...

Legislature addresses hunters’ concerns

On Thursday, Senate Bill 345 passed the house by a vote of 92 to 5. Randolph County legislators William Hartman and Phillip Isner voted in favor of this bill that will allow certain hunting and trapping on private lands on Sundays. Senate Bill 575 passed the house by a unanimous vote this ...

Veteran driver makes final turn

The racing world has been saddened once again. This past Saturday Sam Ard, one of the greatest short track racers of all time, passed away. Sam was injured in1984 at Rockingham a few races from the end of the season and never returned to the track as a driver. His career started at ...

Time to scout spring gobblers

With the warm spring-like weather we have had this week, March is really going “out like a lamb.” Now is the time for spring gobbler hunters to not only be honing up their turkey calling skills but scouting as well. This year’s spring gobbler season opens April 17 and runs through May ...

NASCAR heads to the west

The final race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup western swing was another race full of surprises. This past week the action moved to the two-mile Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The Xfinity series took to the track Saturday to kick off the weekend. The Service King 300 saw ...

’16 bear harvest close to record

Last week, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the Big Game Bulletin for 2016. The harvest figures for last year’s big game animals — black bear, white-tailed deer, wild boar and wild turkey — are now official. In 2016, state bear hunters harvested 3,012 black bears ...

Racers duel in the desert

NASCAR action this past weekend was truly a duel in the desert. The Xfinity series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series both visited the oval that races like a road course. The Phoenix International Raceway is a tricky tri-oval in that none of the turns are similar in shape or banking. ...

Turnout low for DNR’s meetings

The blizzard-like weather conditions this past Tuesday and Wednesday was not fit for “man or beast.” Nonetheless, I went to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Regulations meeting on Tuesday evening. The total number of sportsmen and women in attendance who were not DNR ...

Cars and fists fly in Vegas

It was week number three in NASCAR world. It was Vegas, baby! This time what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas! The Cup event had a dominating performance, a late-race pass for the lead, mechanical failures, crashing coming to the finish and a fight/beat down after the race. ...

DNR’s public meetings on tap

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that 12 public meetings will be offered at various locations throughout the state on Monday and Tuesday. All of these meetings will start at 6 p.m. and run through 8 p.m. I have attended this annual regulations meeting every year ...

NASCAR may levy stiffer fines this year

Hello, everyone! Week number two of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series is in the books. All three touring series raced this week in Hampton, Georgia, at the mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway. I feel after watching the race that the new changes with stage racing and crash clocks and ...

Bill would alllow Sunday hunting

Area sportsmen and women need to be keeping a watchful eye on the 2017 West Virginia Legislative session. On Feb. 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 345 that was sponsored by State Sen. Mark Maynard (R) from Wayne County. This bill expands Sunday hunting in the state on ...

NASCAR changes may be a mixed bag

The Daytona 500 and all the support events are in the books for 2017. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and all the rule changes for this year sure changed the way the races played out. Lots of people are being quick to condemn the new format of the races for causing all the crashes and ...

Hunting traditions changing

This past hunting season, I only got one deer and four squirrels. There was just no real abundance of game in 2016 in this area. This is not my biggest concern at the present time. My leading concern is the decline in the participation in the noble sport of hunting and all of the shooting ...

Daytona will roar Sunday

It is just three days untill the 2017 Daytona 500. The 125-mile qualifiers will run this evening and for the first time in many years they will be points-paying races. These races will tell us a lot about how cars are prepared for the 500. Chase Elliott captured the pole position by ...

Reloading adds to the sport of hunting

Most types of ammunition have gotten somewhat scarce and more expensive in the last 10 years, especially during this last presidential administration. I was talking to one of the local sporting goods merchants a few weeks ago, and he told me that he is finally starting to get in some .22 magnum ...

Fun times down in Florida

Wow, when Speedweeks in Florida gets going the action is nonstop! I’m going to just get to the news. First I need to share a quick story about NASCAR champ Tony Stewart. He was in Florida to start his 2017 season in his winged sprint car at Bubba Raceway Park. He raced two of the three ...