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Sport Columns

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. ...