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

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
Delayed mortality hidden hazard of hot-water muskie fishing
John McCoy: When fishing trips go sour
Reintroduced in late 1960s, fishers fare fine in WV
Charity muskie-fishing tournament still growing, organizers say
John McCoy: Rifle camp teaches kids precision shooting
Manufacturer names fishing rods for WV rivers
Cabwaylingo State Forest’s ‘ranger cabin’ caters to campers who prefer woodsier surroundings
John McCoy: Don Phares was one of a kind
Spoon-feeding trout isn’t as hard as it sounds
Recycling water allows 1970s-era hatchery to produce more trout
John McCoy: Turkey ‘fanning’ is foolhardy
Repairs get underway at WV’s Apple Grove Fish Hatchery
WV’s next elk stocking could come late this fall or early spring of 2018
‘Getting to know you’ event set for Forks of Coal Natural Area
Braxton angler goes the extra mile for his record-breaking muskie