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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...

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...

New geocaching trail attracting attention in Marion County

Geocaching is enjoying renewed interest as a socially-distanced pastime in West Virginia.
As a socially-distanced pastime, geocaching is enjoying a boost worldwide and in West Virginia just as Marion County reveals a new county-wide geocaching trail. The...

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at six state parks

Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications from hunters to participate in controlled hunts for whitetail deer at six state parks. Controlled...

Applications available for W.Va. 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt

Dear are exceeding manageable goals in several areas of West Virginia.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for its 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt, which will be permitted in areas where division...

Making sense of whitewater rapid classifications

Kayaker on Deckers Creek, Morgantown, West Virginia, Monongalia County, Monongahela Valley Region
With its many rivers coursing through many different kinds of terrain, West Virginia is a paradise for paddlers and rafters, especially where whitewater paddling...

West Virginia DNR to stock nearly 6,000 pounds of catfish

An angler awaits a catch on a West Virginia lake. (Photo courtesy Maggie Smolnicka)
Leading up to the Mountain State's annual free fishing weekend June 13-14, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is stocking nearly 6,000 pounds...

Discover the top 10 whitewater destinations in West Virginia

Paddler enters pool on lower New River
No matter which class of rapids paddlers are determined to take on, West Virginia is the place to find them. Here among the Alleghenies...

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