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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...

Scott Shalaway: A bird’s-eye view of summer reading

Whether on a beach, a cabin back porch, or even a hammock at home, nothing beats relaxing with an entertaining book on summer vacation. For the last 20 years I’ve favored mysteries and thrillers with conservation themes.

It began with...

Nature writer/broadcaster Shalaway receives nature award

Nature writer, radio broadcaster and Gazette-Mail columnist Scott Shalaway was named the 2015 recipient of the W.E. Clyde Todd Award at the annual meeting held recently of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh.

The award...

New River Gorge needs volunteers for fish study

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — The New River Gorge National River is looking for volunteers to assess the health of the New River’s fish and aquatic invertebrates.

The resource management division of the park ...

State hunting and trapping guide lists seasons, limits

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A brochure is available to help West Virginia hunters and trappers navigate state wildlife regulations.

The 2015-16 edition of the hunting and trapping summary of regulations is available at hunting and fishing...

Wildlife exhibit is hunter’s legacy to West Virginians
Wildlife exhibit is hunter’s legacy to West Virginians

POINT PLEASANT — When Chris Bauer died in 2010, he left behind a legacy of fur, feathers, horns and hooves.

Bauer’s legacy lives on in a brand-new, million-dollar building that looks as though it could...

DNR adopts online system for lottery-drawn hunting permits

Applying for West Virginia’s lottery-based big-game hunts is as easy as clicking a computer mouse.

Wildlife officials have scrapped the state’s old paper-based snail-mail system and have adopted an Internet-based application...

Outdoors Calendar: July 12, 2015

Monday

n The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Cabela’s store in Southridge Centre. Call 304-744-2455.

July 19

n The Putnam...

Tour de Coal canceled, won’t be rescheduled

For the second time this summer, the annual Tour de Coal event on the Coal River has been canceled.

The event was originally scheduled for June 20, but was postponed because of heavy rains. It was rescheduled for Saturday, but again, heavy rains ...

Scott Shalaway: New Mexico — land of enchantment

My wife and I recently enjoyed eight days visiting friends in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jan Brydon and Terry Canup promised to show us some of their favorite places and feed us great food. And I hoped to see some great southwestern birds.

Jan and ...

Hunters can apply for deer hunts at state parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted for controlled deer hunts later this year at Cacapon and Pipestem resort state parks.

The Division of Natural Resources says white-tailed deer hunts are scheduled at Pipestem on...

Social media helps officers make deer poaching bust

Officers with West Virginia's Natural Resources Police have grown quite fond of social media.

It helps them solve crimes faster.

On July 2, photos posted to Snapchat allowed an NRP officer in Parkersburg to solve a deer-poaching case...

Hunters, anglers gain a voice in W.Va. politics

At long last, West Virginia’s sportsmen appear to be gaining a voice in state politics.

Last month they and a group of about 25 state lawmakers met to form the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Bee Frederick,...

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