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John McCoy: For trout, lighter lines bring heavier stringers

As a fisherman with nearly 50 years’ worth of experience, I’d like to offer some advice to those of you who enjoy fishing for trout:

John McCoy: For trout, lighter lines bring heavier stringers

As a fisherman with nearly 50 years’ worth of experience, I’d like to offer some advice to those of you who enjoy fishing for trout:

John McCoy: Big game bag limits may be more liberal in 2016

Actions have consequences, and for West Virginia’s big-game hunters the number of animals they kill one year often triggers bag-limit changes the following year.

That almost certainly will be the case in 2016. Paul Johansen, wildlife...

DNR’s new computer-based checking system yields erroneous deer-kill numbers
DNR’s new computer-based checking system yields erroneous deer-kill numbers

When is a statistic not a statistic?

Answer: When it’s incorrect. And during West Virginia’s recently ended deer seasons, some statistics quoted by state wildlife officials weren’t correct.

The problem lay in the...

John McCoy: Endangered status could pose danger to African lions

So U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have decided to put the African lion on the U.S. Endangered Species List.

Coming on the heels of the much-publicized, possibly illegal killing in Zimbabwe of a well-known lion known as Cecil,...

John McCoy: WV hunters set bear harvest record

Last fall was a record-setting time for West Virginia’s bear hunters.

Sportsmen killed 3,195 bruins, shattering the previous high-water mark of 2,735 set in 2012.

Colin Carpenter, bear project leader for the state Division of...

John McCoy: Winter hunting brings risks, rewards

So West Virginia’s hunting seasons ended on Dec. 31, right?

Wrong.

Five big-game seasons ended on that date but several small-game, upland bird and waterfowl seasons remain open, inviting sportsmen to shake off some of that dreaded...

Wintertime wading doesn’t have to be dangerous

If you’re a trout fisherman, you’ve seen them — crazy guys and gals who wade around in trout streams even when there’s snow on the ground and ice in their rods’ guides.

The reason for doing it, of course, is to ...

Scott Shalaway: Know your feeder birds

The best time to learn how to identify birds is now. The best place is at the feeders in your backyard. Typically, fewer than 25 species visit winter feeders. The key isn’t memorizing a field guide, it’s simply knowing which birds to...

John McCoy: WV DNR hopes ‘family’ hunts can boost antlerless-deer kill

Once again, West Virginia’s wildlife officials find themselves hoping for good deer-hunting weather.

This time it’s for the two antlerless-deer seasons that remain on the calendar — the youth/senior/handicap season on Dec....

Scott Shalaway: ‘The Morning of Christmas’

Every year readers ask me to reprint my Christmas poem, which first appeared in 1988. After the dust settles on Christmas morning, read it aloud to the kids and grandkids and see how many of the featured birds you can spot at your feeders.

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John McCoy: Electronic game checking saves DNR time and money

West Virginia’s wildlife biologists and game managers must feel as though a burden has been lifted off their shoulders.

One has.

Until this year, Division of Natural Resources field personnel spent the days immediately after the...

Scott Shalaway: My ‘bird cage’ feeding station
Scott Shalaway: My ‘bird cage’ feeding station

Over the last 30 years, deer and raccoons have cost me a small fortune. Though I never intentionally feed these backyard visitors, they’re difficult to discourage. Deer stand on their hind legs and bat seed from feeders or use their long,...

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