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 angler credits catch-and-release for his latest trophy muskie
WV’s duck opener features brief hunt for mostly resident birds
The nutty reason why WV’s archers probably won’t set a new bear-kill record
WV DNR: Bowhunting success might be harder to come by in 2016
Date change removes conflicts from WV’s hunting and fishing celebration
McCoy: Cleanup nearly complete on WV's flooded boat ramps
WV’s hunters will have lengthier squirrel season in 2016-17
Putnam man says exercise has made him a better hunter
McCoy: WV biologists hope early September bear hunt attracts lots of hunters
Muzzleloader enthusiasts will cover black powder basics in Sept. 24 seminar
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