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W.Va.’s newest bear season to open Sept. 5
Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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...

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...

State seeks to limit chronic wasting disease among deer

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is taking steps to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state’s deer population.

The division says it has broadened Eastern Panhandle...

W.Va.’s fishing regulations to get more complicated
W.Va.’s fishing regulations to get more complicated

No, it’s not your imagination.

West Virginia’s fishing regulations are complicated, and they’re about to become even more so.

At their July 26 meeting, members of the state Natural Resources Commission are expected to...

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...

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...

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 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...

W.Va.’s brook trout hanging tough despite threats, report says
W.Va.’s brook trout hanging tough despite threats, report says

Compared to other parts of the country, West Virginia has retained its native trout better than most.

So said a recently released report, “The State of the Trout,” which documents where native trout historically were found, where...

Homely catfish get lots of love from W.Va. anglers
Homely catfish get lots of love from W.Va. anglers

Catfish aren’t the prettiest fish in the world, but to West Virginia’s anglers they’re beautiful.

And, as biologist Jeff Hansbarger points out, those whiskered denizens of the deep are pretty darned important too....

W.Va.’s ‘Free Fishing Days’ set for June 13, 14

Something’s a little different about this year’s edition of West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days: The dates.

“It’s a little later this year,” said Bret Preston, fisheries chief for the state Division of...

Hunters outnumber deer killed at Bridgeport urban hunt
Hunters outnumber deer killed at Bridgeport urban hunt

BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport’s urban deer hunt last year had more than twice as many bow hunters as the number of deer killed.

Bridgeport Deputy Police Chief Randy Hartley says 118 hunters killed 52...

State sets free fishing weekend June 13-14

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s annual free fishing weekend is set for June 13-14.

Division of Natural Resources director Bob Fala says that during those two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virginia...

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