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Autumn 2022 wild boar firearms season to open Oct. 22

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.
The first segment of West Virginia’s wild boar firearms season will take place from Oct. 22-29 in Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties, according...

West Virginia hiking blogger says New River Gorge tops inquiries

New River at Grandview, Raleigh County, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, New River Gorge Region
GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — Though travel to West Virginia is increasing statewide, a blogger best known for helping families with children find good hiking options...

West Virginia's antlerless deer firearms season opens Oct. 20

A West Virginia youth learns the operation of the bow-and-arrow. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
SHADY SPRING, W.Va. — The first segment of West Virginia’s antlerless deer firearms season is set to open for four days on Oct. 20...

WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trails

West Virginia University is celebrating the opening of new outdoor recreation trails.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University (WVU) Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is a few steps closer to delivering trail...

New River Gorge ranked second among fall fishing destinations

Fishing guide Bill Handy prepares to launch onto the upper New River on an early fall day.
SANDSTONE, W.Va. — The New River Gorge in southern West Virginia has been ranked second among the top autumn fishing destinations in the U.S....

State reminds hunters to buy stamps before archery season Saturday

A white-tailed buck peers out from behind a woodpile.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters who want a chance to take up to two additional deer during West Virginia’s statewide deer archery season have...

Early bear gun seasons launch in September in W.Va.

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in four counties from September 3-11, 2022, and will open...

West Virginia updates regulations for coyote night hunting

Hunting coyotes at night in West Virginia requires written permission from the landowner and prior notification to the local Natural Resources Police
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Natural Resources Commission has approved updates to the regulations for coyote night hunting. Using any color artificial light or...

Archery seasons for bear, boar, and deer open Sept. 24

Archery and crossbow hunting continue to be popular in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters to prepare for the state’s archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer,...

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at four state parks

Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications to participate in controlled autumn deer hunts at four...

Canaan Valley rated one of top U.S. ski, winter destinations

Nordic skiers gather on cross-country trails overlooking the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
DAVIS, W.Va. — More than a few magazines in recent years have ranked the Canaan Valley in West Virginia among the top U.S. skiing...

Did man survive lost in caverns beneath Greenbrier Valley?

Is it possible that this unnamed adventurer could have survived an adventure in the caverns beneath the Greenbrier Valley?
LEWISBURG, W.Va.—One of the strangest tales to come out of Greenbrier County may be the legend of the Sinking Creek caverns. Little information exists...


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