John McCoyOutdoors Reporter

Born in Charleston and raised in the little Logan County town of Clothier, John McCoy grew up with the abiding love of the outdoors for which lifelong West Virginians are known. He wrote his first hunting- and fishing-related column at the tender young age of 25, and he's been at it ever since. A self-confessed “science junkie,” John holds degrees in broadcast journalism from Marshall University and mining engineering technology from W.Va. Tech. When he isn't writing about the outdoors, he usually can be found tying trout flies or standing knee-deep in a cold stream with a fly rod in his hand.

Recent Articles and Columns

Researchers fight to keep Asian carp out of WV’s upper Ohio River
John McCoy: Yellowstone earthquake swarm is no reason for panic
WV DNR: New hunting regulations summary now available
Bobber fishing: It’s not just for beginners
John McCoy: ‘Delisting’ Yellowstone grizzlies creates controversy
Elk River trout guide has long-time love affair with ‘The Lady’
Blind kayaker impresses his New River guides
WV’s Sunday hunting law takes effect statewide
John McCoy: WV’s elk herd expands, but not by much
DNR researchers hope study yields bigger bluegills for WV anglers
Blind kayaker braves New River’s vaunted rapids
WV spring gobbler kill best since 2006; could 2018 be better?
John McCoy: Hunting bans and their effect on the bushmeat trade
In WV, it’s hard to tell a wild boar from a feral pig
WV parks growing wildlife habitat by mowing less
In cowboy action shooting, clothes make the gunfighter
John McCoy: WV DNR’s federal funding doesn’t come from politicians
Public-private venture restores trout habitat in upper Potomac R. watershed
Logan amphitheater’s seats have an athletic origin
John McCoy: Are bears killing as many young deer as coyotes are?
Hunting celebrity helps Charleston youth bag first gobbler
WV DNR director seeks input on ways to improve hunting, fishing
Federal fish hatchery recovers from the ravages of the June 2016 floods
John McCoy: ‘Bucket Brigade’ volunteers sweeten trout stream with limestone sand
Chief Logan State Park offers new VIC bundle deal for campers