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Sport Columns

Late season hunting opportunities

As we head into the second half of December, deer season is starting to wind down. Some die hard archery hunters may still be chasing that trophy buck that eluded them during the firearm season or may just be wanting to top off their freezer for winter. There is also some end of the year ...

Hunters prep for start of antlered deer season

It’s been a rough year, but as we move into the month of November and toward Thanksgiving, I’m sure everyone can find something to be thankful for. I, myself, am thankful that my family and friends have been pretty much COVID-free and I hope they stay that way. I have had just a few ...

Youth squirrel season gets underway today

Hello to one and all. First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Don Thomason, I’m currently president of the Tygart Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and a board member at the Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America. It was through the IWLA that ...

Deer harvest shows another decrease

The leave of absence I had to take from this “Outdoor Column” was longer than expected due to complications that occurred after surgery on Nov. 6, 2019. I had to have two additional surgeries in December and ended up being in a recovery rehabilitation center for nearly three months. This ...

Millennial generation can save hunting

In past columns, I have stated repeatedly there are not enough youth hunters to replace the senior hunters who are leaving this outdoor activity. In the United States, hunter participation dropped by 2.2 million or 16 % between 2011 to 2016, according to the latest U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Purple paint posting law now in effect

When I started learning how to hunt back in 1955, it was unlawful to fish, hunt, shoot, trap or even trespass on the acreage of another, if the land was enclosed, fenced, or posted, without the written permission of the landowner. In 2016, another condition was added to this state tradition for ...