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Early bear gun seasons launch in 16 W.Va. counties

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in all or parts of 16 counties until Sept. 25 and will open...

Historians work to divine mysteries of old West Virginia tavern

Sibray (left) and Burdette explore stonework and hewn timbers in one of the tavern rooms.
A room built from a boat. Folk art from the Civil War. A carving that appears to predate all else by a century. The...

New River Gorge to host Oct. 10 grandfamilies fishing day

Fishing is a way of life in West Virginia where the National Park Service is holding a grandfamily fishing program.
The New River Gorge National River is hosting a second Grandfamilies Fishing Day in southern West Virginia on Saturday, October 10, 2020. At the park's...

W.Va. DNR reports increased nuisance bear activity

Bears are infiltrating urban and suburban areas in remarkable numbers.
Due to an increase in nuisance bear activity being reported in West Virginia, biologists with the state Division of Natural Resources is asking residents...

Special urban deer archery season opens Sept. 5

Archery provides a safe alternative to fire arms in urban settings.
The opening of West Virginia's archery and crossbow deer season is still a few weeks away, but hunters can get in the woods as...

State adds, upgrades kayaking access on Elk River

The Elk River flows past Big Chimney eat miles above its mouth at Charleston.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is upgrading public-access sites along the Elk River in Kanawha County and adding several new locations near...

New Guyandotte Water Trail opening in southern W.Va.

Guyandotte River at Logan, West Virginia, Logan County, Hatfield & McCoy Region
A new water trail that leads through the mountains of southern West Virginia is springing to life, providing continuous river access to anglers and...

Porcupine invasion reaches into south-central West Virginia

Native to northern Appalachia, porcupines have been slowly migrating south into West Virginia.
In some corners of West Virginia, resident rodents such as squirrels and beavers are sharing habitat with their slow-moving, short-sighted and very prickly cousin—the...

W.Va. DNR shares tips for introducing children to archery

A West Virginia youth practices target shooting with bow and arrow. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
Families looking for an alternative for school-based sports or a new outdoor activity their children have plenty of options in West Virginia, thanks to...

Applications ready for waterfowl hunt at legendary McClintic WMA

A mallard lands on a waterway in West Virginia.
Hunters who wish to participate in a controlled waterfowl hunt at the McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County have until midnight on August...

W.Va. biologists researching ways to grow bigger bluegill

Bluegill are a favorite lake and pond fish among West Virginia anglers.
There's always a bigger fish, isn't there? That's what fisheries biologists in West Virginia are trying to determine as they research ways the state...

Capon Springs offers 30-percent state resident discount

A horse-drawn carriage tours the historic ground of Capon Springs Resort.
Capon Springs Resort is offering a 30-percent discount on vacation packages for West Virginia residents in association with the state's West Virginia Strong program,...

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