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W.Va. DNR promotes lifetime license giveaway for the holidays

An angler casts into a West Virginia trout stream.
Anglers and hunters who purchase a 2021 hunting and fishing license in December have a chance to win a lifetime license and other prizes...

Special antlerless deer and new bear seasons open Oct. 17

A young hunter aims from behind a blind in West Virginia.
Youth, senior, and Class Q/QQ hunters in West Virginia will be able to participate in a special hunting season for antlerless deer and a...

WVU-led physical activity community program seeks new applicants

Morning dawns in the Monongahela National Forest in eastern West Virginia.
Thanks to a mini-grant program spearheaded by WVU, West Virginians from Berkeley County to Mingo County will have new and improved opportunities to be...

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...

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...

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...

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