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

WV's earliest hunting seasons will begin on Sept. 1
Kayak anglers spend big bucks to ‘pimp their ‘yaks’
McCoy: DNR, lawmakers make several changes to WV’s hunting regulations
Lincoln County teen wins NRA regional shooting title on his first try
Jet boat takes anglers to rocky stretches of New, Gauley and Kanawha rivers
WV’s duck and migratory bird hunting regulations are out weeks earlier than usual
Volunteers complete fishing-access path at Stonewall Jackson Lake
WV Hunter Education Hall of Fame inducts first class of honorees
Banding project helps WV biologists to estimate the state’s mourning dove population
Businessman, philanthropist Jack Workman dies
WV introduces 5-day resident fishing license
Logan County youngster overcomes life-threatening injury, wins world archery title
W.Va.’s new wildlife license plates feature brook trout, bluebird
Film documents the fall and rise of WV’s Shavers Fork
Floods won’t affect fish populations all that much, WV officials say
WV DNR’s annual goose roundup is a messy, sweaty affair
WV DNR to look for muskie reproduction in stocked streams
WV state parks suffered relatively little flood damage, chief says
Friendly competition highlights Ripley’s weekly .22 matches
McCoy: What is it about Yellowstone National Park that makes people do stupid things?
Free shooting camp teaches youngsters basics in safety, accuracy
Winfield grad will join WVU Rifle Team this fall
DNR officials outline plans for WV’s new Forks of Coal Natural Area
John McCoy: High water in WV’s rivers could hinder game fish reproduction, DNR says
WV DNR provides advice on wildlife enhancements for natural gas pipeline construction