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Welcome to the Recreation news category at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Recreation guide for information about indoor and outdoor recreation in West Virginia.

Three ski areas in West Virginia to open for season this...

A village of ski lodges clusters at the top of Snowshoe Mountain. Photo courtesy W.Va. Ski Areas Association.
NOTE: Since this story was made, Timberline resort has rescheduled the opening date of its ski area for December 21, 2018. Fortified by ideal weather,...

Registration open for "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" spring workshop

TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Registration has opened for the "Becoming An Outdoors Woman" spring workshop at Twin Falls Resort State Park on...

West Virginia angler catches state record longnose gar

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — According to state officials, an 11-year record for the longest longnose gar caught in West Virginia has been broken. The record-breaking fish,...

W.Va. asks hunters to review new 2023-'24 hunting, trapping laws

A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Officials at the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to review several essential changes to hunting seasons...

Plentiful autumn mast in W.Va. should influence hunting for years

The production of acorns, apples, walnuts, and hickory nuts is significantly higher than in 2016 and will have noticeable effects on the 2017–2018 hunting...

Traditions celebrated at W.Va. hunting and fishing program

Governor Justice lauds the first increase in hunting and fishing licensure since 2013.
Hunters and anglers celebrated their love for the outdoors at the capitol Tuesday as West Virginia officials recognized the winners of a 2020 hunting...

W.Va. to host statewide public hunting, fishing meetings

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations March 11-12 from...

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.
West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...

W.Va. hunters harvested 2,756 black bears in 2021

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
West Virginia hunters harvested 2,756 black bears during the combined 2021 archery and firearms seasons, a 22 percent decrease compared to the 2020 harvest...

Larry Oakley tells the tale of an old West Virginia hunter

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.
Waiting quietly alone in the dark woods, the approach of dawn can seem like an eternity. It can feel like time is standing still—holding...

W.Va. state parks anticipate banner camping year

Campgrounds on New River, New River Gorge Region
Expecting an increased demand for campsites in 2018, staff at West Virginia state parks and forests will begin processing site reservations on Feb. 15,...

Survival and bushcraft school opens in New River Gorge region

Instructor Josh Sapio tends a fire lighted from flint.
Much of America's newest national park may be teeming with visitors this summer, but the vast areas of woodland beyond are likely to remain...


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