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Scott Shalaway: Conservation fund up for renewal after 50 years

Quiz time — have you ever heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)? Do you know what it does? If not, read on.

For 50 years LWCF has provided billions in capital investments for recreation and conservation. It is arguably...

W.Va. DNR expands chronic wasting disease ‘containment area’
W.Va. DNR expands chronic wasting disease ‘containment area’

For deer hunters in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, life just got considerably more complicated.

Natural resources officials have dramatically expanded the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease Containment Area. Effective immediately, ...

Duck numbers good again this year, feds say
Duck numbers good again this year, feds say

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has good news for waterfowl hunters:

Duck populations remain strong overall in 2015 despite a dry spring that reduced the number of breeding ponds. Overall, duck numbers rose 1 percent nationwide from last...

Tornado man pushes Sunday hunting ballot drive in Kanawha County

If people keep signing petitions at their current rate, voters might get to decide whether to allow Sunday hunting in Kanawha County.

The petition drive is the brainchild of Jo Stern, a Tornado resident who sat up and took notice when Sunday-...

Correction

The photograph of muskie lures on the June 26 Sunday Gazette-Mail “Woods & Waters” page had an error in its caption. The lure at bottom right was designed and created by Jake Flint of Muskie Messiah Lures, Frametown.

Scott Shalaway: Conservation fund up for renewal after 50 years

Quiz time — have you ever heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)? Do you know what it does? If not, read on.

For 50 years LWCF has provided billions in capital investments for recreation and conservation. It is arguably...

Two sites considered for Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center

PRINCETON, W.Va. – Mercer County officials are considering two sites for a Hatfield McCoy Trails visitors center.

A selection committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to choose an engineering firm to design a trailhead. The trailhead will...

New River Gorge program trains teen rangers
New River Gorge program trains teen rangers

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — After backing out of a first attempt to rappel down a sheer, 80-foot slab of sandstone at the New River Gorge’s Bridge Buttress climbing area, Helena Martin worked up the resolve...

Bait makers are plenty in the Mountain State
Bait makers are plenty in the Mountain State

For a small state, West Virginia sure seems to have a lot of muskie-lure makers.

“I tell people about that all the time,” said Jeff Hansbarger, a fisheries biologist for the state Division of Natural Resources. “It’s...

DNR: It’s “really, really critical” to get this year’s hunting-regulations booklet

It usually isn’t big news when West Virginia’s hunting-regulations booklet becomes available every July.

This year is different.

Changes in regulations and procedures make it “really, really critical” that...

Outdoors Calendar: July 26, 2015

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a USPSA pistol match, 10 a.m., at the club’s range near Eleanor. Call 304-757-6061.

n The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a...

Scott Shalaway: Mammals on my mind

While vacationing in New Mexico recently, I observed some chipmunks at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. I knew they couldn’t be eastern chipmunks, but I had no idea what species they might be. The tram staff at the top of the mountain was ...

Bluestone Lake’s annual “Safety on the Blue” event to be held Aug. 2

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the “Safety on the Blue” Committee will host the 11th annual “Safety on the Blue” celebration to promote water safety at Bluestone Lake from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Bluestone Bridge ...

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