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Two sites considered for Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center

PRINCETON, W.Va. – Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will...

Two sites considered for Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center

PRINCETON, W.Va. – Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will...

New River Gorge program trains teen rangers
New River Gorge program trains teen rangers

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — After backing out of a first attempt to rappel down a sheer, 80-foot slab of sandstone at the New River Gorge’s Bridge Buttress climbing area, Helena Martin worked up the resolve...

Bait makers are plenty in the Mountain State
Bait makers are plenty in the Mountain State

For a small state, West Virginia sure seems to have a lot of muskie-lure makers.

“I tell people about that all the time,” said Jeff Hansbarger, a fisheries biologist for the state Division of Natural Resources. “It’s...

DNR: It’s “really, really critical” to get this year’s hunting-regulations booklet

It usually isn’t big news when West Virginia’s hunting-regulations booklet becomes available every July.

This year is different.

Changes in regulations and procedures make it “really, really critical” that...

Outdoors Calendar: July 26, 2015

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a USPSA pistol match, 10 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-757-6061.

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a...

Scott Shalaway: Mammals on my mind

While vacationing in New Mexico recently, I observed some chipmunks at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. I knew they couldn’t be eastern chipmunks, but I had no idea what species they might be. The tram staff at the top of the mountain was ...

Bluestone Lake’s annual “Safety on the Blue” event to be held Aug. 2

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the “Safety on the Blue” Committee will host the 11th annual “Safety on the Blue” celebration to promote water safety at Bluestone Lake from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Bluestone Bridge ...

Sutton Lake to reopen campground closed by high water

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Sutton Lake is reopening a campground closed by recent high water.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Gerald R. Freeman Campground will reopen on Thursday. But some campsites won’t be available because...

State seeks to limit chronic wasting disease among deer

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is taking steps to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state’s deer population.

The division says it has broadened Eastern Panhandle...

Outdoors Calendar: July 19, 2015

Today

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a high-power rifle match, 9 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-344-0423.

July 26

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a USPSA pistol match, 10 a.m., at the club’s ...

W.Va.’s fishing regulations to get more complicated
W.Va.’s fishing regulations to get more complicated

No, it’s not your imagination.

West Virginia’s fishing regulations are complicated, and they’re about to become even more so.

At their July 26 meeting, members of the state Natural Resources Commission are expected to...

DNR files rules for elk reintroduction
DNR files rules for elk reintroduction

West Virginia’s journey toward an elk-stocking program has taken another step forward.

Late last month, Division of Natural Resources officials filed a set of legislative rules that establish a loose framework for the agency’s elk-...

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