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Today’s season opener gives state ginseng diggers something to root for
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce
Today’s season opener gives state ginseng diggers something to root for

It’s time to pick up the ’sang bag and sharpen up the hoe for West Virginia ginseng hunters.

Sept. 1 is the opening day of the state’s three-month wild ginseng season, which brings thousands of ’sangers into the...

Today’s season opener gives state ginseng diggers something to root for
Today’s season opener gives state ginseng diggers something to root for

It’s time to pick up the ’sang bag and sharpen up the hoe for West Virginia ginseng hunters.

Sept. 1 is the opening day of the state’s three-month wild ginseng season, which brings thousands of ’sangers into the...

Loss of rock could change ride through Gauley rapid

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A whitewater industry expert says a rock formation change could give experienced rafters a different ride through one of the Gauley River’s most challenging rapids.

ACE Adventure Resort chief of staff David Bassage ...

W.Va.’s newest bear season to open Sept. 5
W.Va.’s newest bear season to open Sept. 5

West Virginia’s latest bear season is also its earliest.

State wildlife officials created the Sept. 5-12 season earlier this year after biologists concluded that seasons held later in the year weren’t killing enough animals to...

Salvaged lure brings Braxton angler two ‘muskies of a lifetime’
Salvaged lure brings Braxton angler two ‘muskies of a lifetime’

There are lucky lures, and then there’s the one in Chris Davenport’s tackle box.

Not only was Davenport lucky enough to find the muskie-sized bucktail, lost and abandoned on a submerged log, he used the bait to catch two...

John McCoy: ‘Trigger trash’ is a TV-born phenomenon

I’m not inclined to blame television for all of society’s ills, but I believe at least one can be laid squarely at the boob tube’s feet — er, legs. Wall brackets? Whatever.

I’m talking about trigger trash....

Outdoors Calendar: Aug. 30, 2015

Tuesday

The first segment of West Virginia’s hunting season for mourning doves will open at noon.

West Virginia’s early hunting season for resident Canada geese will open, one-half hour before sunrise.

Sept....

New electrical system makes Hawks Nest aerial tram ‘better than ever’
New electrical system makes Hawks Nest aerial tram ‘better than ever’

ANSTED — The aerial tram at Hawks Nest State Park is running again.

Park guests resumed riding its cable-borne gondolas on July 31, more than nine months after the tram’s 45-year-old electrical system...

Scott Shalaway: Fall migrations have begun

Thanks to shorter days and chilly morning temperatures, curious naturalists know the transition from summer to fall has begun. Various fall migrations also provide evidence that autumn is coming.

Chimney swifts are familiar summer residents....

Healing outdoors always nearby in West Virginia
Healing outdoors always nearby in West Virginia

Amid the hassle and rat-race of daily life, West Virginia has a constant remedy. Soothing, lovely, soul-healing nature is always close at hand, nearer than elsewhere in congested America. Rugged mountains defy development, so there’s plenty of...

Berkeley County Council puts Sunday hunting on 2016 ballot

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Berkeley County voters will decide next year whether to allow hunting on Sunday on private land in the county.

Multiple media outlets report that the Berkeley County Council voted last week to put the issue on the...

W.Va.’s goose, dove openers gain in popularity
W.Va.’s goose, dove openers gain in popularity

On your mark, get set…

Sometime just before sunrise on Sept.1, a shotgun blast will mark the start of West Virginia’s fall hunting season for 2015.

The target of that first shot will be a Canada goose. In the hours that...

TV show gives W.Va.’s hunting, fishing a wide audience
TV show gives W.Va.’s hunting, fishing a wide audience

Jeremy Allen’s dream was born on Saturday mornings when he was a kid.

“I got up and watched the Saturday morning hunting and fishing shows,” said Allen. “I loved them. I wanted to make a living doing what Babe...

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