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Sport Columns

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 ...

DNR releases 2019 mast survey report

I had to take a leave of absence from this “Outdoor” column over the summer due to an unexpected illness. I started taking large doses of chemotherapy on July 25 (my birthday) and finished in mid-September. The therapy really sapped the energy right out of me to the point to where I did ...

New hunting regulations available

The 2019-2020 hunting and trapping regulations, which includes the various seasons, dates and bag limits, are now available at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Operations Center and Ward Road and at the old railroad depot in downtown Elkins. There are some changes from last year ...

Groundhogs can be a nuisance for farmers

In West Virginia, I have not yet found a farmer who likes groundhogs. These critters may look cute on Feb. 2 (National Groundhog Day), but for the remainder of the year this is one destructive rodent. I don’t know how many times I have had a farmer to tell me, “Having a groundhog on your ...

Spring gobbler harvest numbers down

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released the preliminary harvest figures for the spring gobbler season this year. In 2019 spring turkey hunters harvested 11,210 gobblers. This is down from the 12,287 gobblers that were harvested in 2018 or nine percent. This year's harvest ...

DNR releases summary of questionnaire

Last week, I got a summary of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources questionnaire that was handed out to all of the sportsmen and women who attended one of the regulations meetings held this past March. A total of 379 attended the 12 meetings that were held throughout the state. ...

More acreage available for public hunting this year

This fall hunters in the greater Parkersburg area are in for some very good news. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has plans to open five new wildlife management areas, expand four existing WMA’s and add a 200-hundred acre tract of land to the North Bend State Park. The ...

Baby fawns should be left alone

This is the time of the year when people often find baby fawns alone in the woods or in an open meadow. It is easy to think that the new-born has been abandoned by its mother. Too many fawns are often picked up and brought home by people who think they are doing a good deed. The sad part is ...

Big game harvest numbers now official

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released the annual Big Game Bulletin for 2018. The big game harvest figures for all of West Virginia big game hunting seasons (black bear, white-tailed deer, wild boar and wild turkey) are now official. All of West Virginia hunters would do ...

DNR proposals could bring some changes

I attended the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Public Regulations meeting held last week at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. This year, all state sportsmen and women would do well to get one of the questionnaires, study it and fill it out. There are a total of 22 questions on this ...

State pistol laws have improved

In the 1920s, this state was nearly engulfed in the coal mine wars, and the Hatfield-McCoy family type feuds would often get out of control. In the early 1930s, the state legislature decided that West Virginia needed a law that would discourage pistol toting. Like a lot of things that ...

Sport hunters should know their enemies

In the late 1970s, I was attending the annual West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Regulations Meeting when they were held at the old National Guard Armory. When it came time for questions from all who attended, I asked the question, “What can sport hunting do to neutralize the ...

Atlanta dealing with snow crisis

ATLANTA — It’s a simple question that had to be asked. What are the good folks of Atlanta more afraid of — being haunted by the memory of a 28-3 Super Bowl lead that evaporated quickly thanks to Tom Brady or by the threat of snow? The answer came back on Tuesday almost unanimous — ...

DNR trout stockings are in high gear

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources trout stocking season is now in high gear, and is currently running Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The winter and spring stockings will run through May 31. The trout stocking began on Jan. 2, with stockings at Blackwater River, ...

Parkersburg’s Burdette wins in Tennessee

We are putting 2018 in the rear view and looking forward with excitement to what 2019 will hold in store! I’m sure there will be ups and downs but I’m wishing you and your families the very best year ever. First of all I’m so excited to announce the birth of my first great grandson. ...

W.Va. is expanding the Gold Rush Season

The 2018 hunting season has not been one of my best and nowhere near what I expected. Last year, I was skunked for the deer season and I only bagged six gray squirrels (three each with two different shotguns). My favorite .22 rimfire squirrel rifle was never out of the gun-safe last fall. ...

Some worthy news from the racing world

Well Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas! At this time next week Christmas will have come and gone. The greatest gift to all mankind was born in Bethlehem and that gift keeps giving for all eternity. So if you consider yourself a Christian please keep sharing that gift each and every day! If you ...

A major concern for the state of racing

I want to start the column with some news that is somewhat troubling regarding the health of our sport. First of all, it doesn’t take an expert to see crowds are down at almost all the races this year in all three of the traveling series of NASCAR racing. Many of the races seemed to even ...

Catching up with Super Late Model news

I thought I would take this off week to catch up on some Super Late Model news. Two of the biggest events the entire year took place over the last month. The World of Outlaws Super Late Models, Big Block Northern Modifieds and the Winged Outlaw Sprint cars all decided their year-end point ...