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WVa hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018
January 28, 2019

BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 black bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2018 seasons is 18 percent below the 3,160 bears killed in 2017, but is the sixth highest bear kill recorded, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.



Hunters killed 637 bears during the first segment of the 2018 archery season (Sept. 29 – Nov. 18). Bow hunters killed 374 bears, while crossbow hunters took 263. FULL STORY

Conaway Run Lake trout stocking suspended
January 18, 2019

CENTERVILLE, W.Va. — Trout stocking at Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County has been suspended until repair work to the dam is completed, the Division of Natural Resources announced on Wednesday. Adverse weather conditions have delayed the needed dam repair work at this facility. The dam at Conaway R... FULL STORY

Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers
December 13, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter trappers that they are required to electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season. The furbearer trapping seasons in West Vir... FULL STORY

Bobcat trappers needed for home range study
December 11, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking bobcat trappers to assist with a new study in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties. “We’re asking trappers in those counties who catc... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Resort opens tubing and skating park
November 20, 2018

DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is starting the winter season early this year by opening its tubing and ice skating areas during the Thanksgiving weekend on Nov. 22-25. “We’re excited to be opening our snow park for a weekend of Thanksgiving family fun,” said Steve Drumheller, gen... FULL STORY

2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet
November 16, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 1. Here are a few facts about the season: Buck firearm season is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. Sunday hunting will be legal on public lands thro... FULL STORY

Youth, Class Q/QQ, and Class XS Deer Season Open
October 21, 2018

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with a Class Q/QQ permit and senior citizens with a Class XS license will soon be underway. The first segment of the season is Oct. 20. The second segment is Dec. 26-27. Hunting is permitted on private ... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s 2018 fall wild turkey season opens
October 9, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s fall wild turkey season opens Oct.13. This will be the third year that all 55 counties will have a least a one-week fall season. It’s also the first fall turkey season where Sunday hunting is permitted on both private and public lands “Fall seasons are b... FULL STORY

West Virginia Gold Rush returns in 2019
September 27, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Gold Rush, a special stocking of golden rainbow trout, will return in 2019 with more fish and locations, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel. Gold Rush will return the week of April 1-6, 2019 and include st... FULL STORY

Numerous special hunter access roads will be open
September 25, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Numerous special hunter access roads will be open to Class Q/QQ physically challenged hunters on state-owned and National Forest Cooperative Wildlife Management Areas this fall. “Thanks to our partnerships with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests and th... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open
September 22, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear, and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29. The archery and crossbow deer and bear seasons run through Dec. 31. The wild boar archery and crossbow season is a split season, with the firs... FULL STORY

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
September 20, 2018

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hun... FULL STORY

Applications for controlled deer hunts available
September 5, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. These hunts are scheduled throughout the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Stonewall R... FULL STORY

Hunters encouraged to perform preseason scouting
September 1, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind hunters to prepare by scouting, inspecting equipment and sharpening their skills. “By late August, you should be able to gauge fall mast conditi... FULL STORY

WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics
August 17, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics. “Hunting ethically and legally preserves our im... FULL STORY

Inaugural Cacapon State Park golf tournament
July 26, 2018

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Cacapon Resort State Park will host a golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in what is expected to become an annual event to support the local high school golf program. The park is working with sponsors and golfers to raise funds for the Berkeley Springs High School gol... FULL STORY

DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish
July 25, 2018

ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for the big buck and trophy fish display at the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park on Sept. 22-23. Mounted trophy white-tailed bucks wi... FULL STORY

Irish Road Bowling national championship Aug. 3-5
July 23, 2018

DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls State Park will welcome some of the country’s top Irish road bowling competitors Aug. 3-5 for the 2018 North American Region Finals, hosted by the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA). The public is invited to attend and learn about this fun sport. ... FULL STORY

Adventure classes offered at North Bend State Park
July 17, 2018

CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park helps guests learn new outdoors skills through its Quest program and will offer introductory courses in backpacking, backcountry camping and geocaching on July 21. The courses, which last anywhere from two hours to overnight, are led by North Bend State Park ... FULL STORY

McClintic WMA controlled waterfowl hunt
July 5, 2018

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. — Waterfowl hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station in the controlled waterfowl hunting zone of McClintic Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located near Point Pleasant, must submit an application by midnight Aug. 12. Hunting is by permit only on a portion of McClintic WM... FULL STORY

Applications for 2018 Antler-less Deer Season
June 28, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications for the 2018 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 14. Hunters who apply for a limited antlerless firearms permit must use the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvh... FULL STORY

Additional actions taken to combat CWD
June 28, 2018

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Effective July 1, 2018, two eastern panhandle counties will be added to three that already have restrictions on the disposal and transport of deer carcasses. The restrictions are designed to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Berkeley and Mineral counties h... FULL STORY

Gov. Justice temporarily halts DNR plan
June 2, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice has temporarily halted a plan by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for a controlled deer hunt at Chief Logan State Park and has ordered the agency to do further research on the proposal and report back to him within 30 days. “I have become aware of ... FULL STORY

WVDNR urges hunters to know their DNR ID number
November 17, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) urges hunters to make sure they know their DNR identification number (DNR ID#) well before the buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 21, to ensure they will be ready to electronically check in their animals. Using t... FULL STORY

Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease testing
November 16, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – To prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, hunters must take all deer harvested on Nov. 21-22, 2016 in Hampshire and Hardy counties to a sampling station for testing. Hunters must also check their deer via phone, on the internet or with an official license agent. ... FULL STORY

Buck and antlerless deer firearms seasons open
November 10, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The buck firearms season has opened the Monday before Thanksgiving every year since 1965. The timing of the season is a balance of hunting during some of the “rut” (mating season) while still all... FULL STORY

Concurrent black bear hunting opportunities
November 7, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 21 through Dec. 3, 2016, in 33 West Virginia counties. Seventeen counties in the eastern mountains will be open to concurrent deer and bear hunting on private and public land. Hunte... FULL STORY

Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers
November 2, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The furbearer trapping seasons in West Virginia open Nov. 5, 2016. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter must electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season. A West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDN... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Oct. 17
October 24, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 17-21, 2016: Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Run Glade Creek of New River Kn... FULL STORY

W Va DNR promotes wild game as healthy alternative
October 21, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s abundant wildlife resources provide many West Virginia families with the opportunity to fill their freezers this season with an ample amount of low-fat foods, when compared to traditional meats. As an example, deer (venison) has fewer calories and nearly fiv... FULL STORY

Three-day West Virginia antlerless deer hunt
October 21, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The first split of the antlerless deer firearms hunting season opens, Oct. 20, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 22, on private land only. “There are several advantages to hunters and to deer management if hunters participate in this season,” said Paul Johansen, chief of t... FULL STORY

Drivers should watch for deer during fall months
October 19, 2016

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to take extra caution while driving in the fall. On average, approximately 40 percent of deer-vehicle collisions in West Virginia will occur between October and December. "West Virginia is for... FULL STORY

Special Split Antlerless Deer Season
October 14, 2016

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ permit), and senior citizens (holders of a Class XS license) is soon to be underway, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The first segment of th... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s wild boar firearms season
October 12, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2016 wild boar firearms season opens Oct. 22, runs through Oct. 29, and is open to West Virginia residents only. To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses: Class X, XJ, XS, AB-L, A-L or Class A+BG+CS or be exempt from purchasing a... FULL STORY

2016 West Virginia fall trout stockings begins
October 10, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2016 fall trout stocking will take place the weeks of Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. More than 39,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the two-week period in 25 streams and nine lakes, as indicated in ... FULL STORY

“Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” now available
October 7, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2016 “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” is now available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website at www.wvdnr.gov. Since 1971, the Wildlife Resources Section, in cooperation with volunteers from numerous other agencies, has conducted a fall mast survey... FULL STORY

"Sticks & Stones" 15K Trail Run
September 27, 2016

CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks today announced the Sticks & Stones Trail Run at Babcock State Park, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The challenging course spans one of the most scenic and historic areas of the state and covers 9.3 miles (15 kilometers). This annual event is organi... FULL STORY

New purple paint posting option on private land
September 26, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. ­– In addition to the traditional ways of posting land, West Virginia landowners now have another option – the use of purple paint – to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering their property. According to a new law passed this year by the West Virginia legislature [... FULL STORY

Deer, bear and boar archery and crossbow seasons
September 21, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2016 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The archery and crossbow deer and boar seasons run through Dec. 31, 2016. The bear archery and crossbow season is a split season (Sept. 24 - Nov.... FULL STORY

Big game to be checked using new electronic system
September 11, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the opening of big game hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds successful hunters that they must field tag and electronically check in their harvest. Field tags must be completed before moving the carcass, and... FULL STORY

Hunters are encouraged to conduct equipment checks
September 9, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - September marks the opening of a number of hunting seasons across West Virginia, including squirrel (Sept. 10) and archery deer and bear (Sept. 24). It’s also a good time to spend in the woods scouting your favorite hunting areas, according to Ethan Barton, Division of Natu... FULL STORY

Wildlife Management Area roads in W.Va. open
September 6, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters with disabilities possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to Pau... FULL STORY

Small game hunting opportunities
September 2, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s various small game hunting seasons are soon to be underway, and wildlife biologists from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are predicting good opportunities for success. Youth squirrel season is set for Sept. 3, 2016, with a bag limit of six... FULL STORY

Learn to kayak and rappel
August 31, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – Introductory courses teaching guests to kayak and rappel will be offered Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at North Bend State Park. “This is our newest ‘Outdoors in the Parks’ initiative designed to provide basic instruction and equipment to get people started in a new activity,” said North... FULL STORY

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration
August 29, 2016

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia's Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 17–18, 2016. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with more than 100 vendors exhibiting hunting... FULL STORY

Migratory game bird hunting seasons
August 26, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has adopted a new regulatory process for setting season dates and bag limits for migratory game birds starting this year. This will allow hunters to get information about 2016-17 migratory game bird seasons earlier than in... FULL STORY

Hunters required to obtain landowner permission
August 24, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to always get written landowner permission before entering private property. “It is important to remember that once you have obtained permission, you are an invited guest and you should always respect... FULL STORY

Acrobatics & Tumbling Added to Athletic Program
August 15, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College will be the 15th program to add Acrobatics & Tumbling nationally, raising the NCAA Division II numbers to nine, and will be the 22nd sport Wesleyan has to offer. Fourteen colleges and universities currently sponsor A&T as a varsity sport (DI - 3, DII – 8, DIII – 2, ... FULL STORY

Canada goose and mourning dove seasons open Sept.
August 10, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's 2016–2017 migratory game bird seasons will begin Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, with the opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “A great way to start off your hunting sea... FULL STORY

W.Va big bucks and trophy fish wanted for display
August 1, 2016

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Owners of trophy bucks and fish displays may apply for an opportunity to showcase them during West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day0 Sept. 17–18, 2016, at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County. The West Virginia Wildlife Federation, the West Virgin... FULL STORY

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) fall workshop
July 29, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program invites women to give new outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors. This year’s fall event is scheduled at North Bend State Park Aug. 26–28, 2016. BOW is an outdoor initiative organized by the West Virginia ... FULL STORY

Hunting season changes explained
July 25, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons for squirrel, white-tailed deer, black bear and wild turkey are included in the new 2016–2017 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure. The publication is now available at all West Virg... FULL STORY

Limited bear firearms season permit applications
July 22, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 21 – Dec. 3 on public and private land in 17 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun,... FULL STORY

South Branch Wildlife Management Area dove hunt
July 20, 2016

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. – Mourning dove hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station during the controlled mourning dove hunt on the South Branch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have until Aug. 1, 2016, to submit electronic applications, according to Lee Strawn, wildlife manager at South Branch WMA. ... FULL STORY

Applications available for Water Fowl hunt
July 15, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are now being accepted for the controlled waterfowl hunting zone of McClintic Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located near Point Pleasant. Waterfowl hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station must submit their applications by Aug. 15, 2016, according to Ke... FULL STORY

Applications available for 2016 Deer Season
July 13, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications for the 2016 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters must apply for a limited a... FULL STORY

New Five-Day Resident Fishing Liicence Avaiable
July 11, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia resident anglers have another fishing license option to choose from beginning this month, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala. A five-day fishing license is available for residents online at www.wvfish.com or at license agents across t... FULL STORY

WVDNR investigation of illegal bear hunting
June 23, 2016

ROMNEY, W.Va. – Natural Resources Police Officers have completed an investigation that has resulted in the arrest of eight men on 77 charges of violations of West Virginia game laws involving the illegal hunting of black bears. The investigation began in September 2015 when an illegal bear baiting s... FULL STORY

Upshur Adult Soccer returns
June 11, 2016

It's back! After a one-year hiatus, Upshur Adult Soccer returns this summer under the umbrella of Mid-State Soccer Club. Online registrations are now open to all players at www.upshursoccer.com. The format remains the same: six weeks of co-ed, recreational adult soccer open to players of all ski... FULL STORY

Catfish in the Parks Program
June 8, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will be stocking more than 1,000 catchable-sized channel catfish at seven state park lakes in June. This popular Catfish in the Parks program provides additional fishing opportunities at Cacapon, Cedar Creek, Chief Logan... FULL STORY

Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12, 2016
June 6, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources today announced free fishing weekend, scheduled for June 11-12, 2016. Each year, this annual event gives novice and returning anglers the opportunity to try their luck and fish without buying a license. West Virginia’s Free... FULL STORY

Go outside and hike during National Trails Day
June 3, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Saturday, June 4, is National Trails Day, and West Virginia state parks are celebrating by offering special guided hikes on many of their trails. National Trails Day is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and is designed to encourage people to go outside, exercise and ... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of May 23-27
May 30, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 23-27, 2016: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacap... FULL STORY

Live birds of prey program offered
May 24, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey" program series will be featured at 14 state parks in 2016. Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center will present the birds and information about each species. The presentation includes information about the incredible abilitie... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of May 16-20
May 23, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 16-20, 2016: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Back Fork of Elk River (C&R) Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin ... FULL STORY

W Va hunters harvest 10,369 spring turkeys in 2016
May 20, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – Spring turkey hunters harvested 10,369 gobblers this year, up 14 percent from 2015, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The 2016 season, April 18 through May 14, started on the third Monday in Apr... FULL STORY

State record blue catfish caught in Ohio River
May 19, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state record blue catfish was caught recently from the Ohio River, according to Robert A. Fala, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The record blue catfish was caught by Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio. Blauvelt caught the 44.88-inch, 59.74... FULL STORY

W.Va. trout stocking the week of May 9-13
May 13, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 9-13, 2016: Anthony Creek Baker Lake (Children & Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Beech Fork Tailwaters Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burns... FULL STORY

W.Va. trout stocking the week of May 2-6
May 7, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 2-6, 2016: Anthony Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buckhannon River (rail stocking) Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Clay) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run ... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of April 25-29
April 29, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 25-29, 2016: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork (Logan) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Camp Creek Cherry River Clear Fork of Guyandotte ... FULL STORY

Leave Young Wildlife Alone
April 27, 2016

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) advises West Virginians to leave young wildlife alone - in an effort to promote the safety and well-being of animals in their natural habitat. “Spring provides an excellent opportunity to see fawns, baby birds and other y... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of April 18-22
April 23, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 18-22, 2016: Anthony Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Castleman Run Lake Clear Fork of... FULL STORY

Trophy trout lurking for catch-and-release
April 17, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Anglers can enjoy outstanding fishing for trophy rainbow trout at Pipestem Resort State Park as part of the park’s special fishing package through May 11, 2016, and get to do it on the wild Bluestone River, a National Scenic River. The delayed harvest section of the Bluestone Rive... FULL STORY

W.Va. trout stocking the week of April 11-15,
April 15, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 11-15, 2016: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Run Lake Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of April 4-8
April 12, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 4-8, 2016: Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Beechfork Tailwaters Berwind Lake Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Clay) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park L... FULL STORY

Spring gobbler season is coming soon
April 4, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s spring gobbler season will open a week earlier than in past years, running from Monday, April 18, through Saturday, May 14, 2016. “Hunters should note that beginning this year, the spring gobbler season will open on the third Monday in April and not the ... FULL STORY

Ruffed Grouse Society provides forestry equipment
April 4, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has provided a forestry mulching machine to assist several agencies with their efforts to provide better habitat for a number of wildlife species in West Virginia. Early successional habitat projects have been successful on the Monongahela National For... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of March 28
April 3, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 28 – April 1, 2016: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River C... FULL STORY

Hunting prospects for the 2016 Spring Season
April 1, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunting prospects look promising for the 2016 spring turkey season in West Virginia, which runs April 18 through May 24, with a special one-day youth season April 16. Since the typical gobbler harvested is usually a 2-year-old bird, the Division of Natural Resources rout... FULL STORY

W.Va. trout stocking the week of March 21-25
March 28, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 21-25, 2016: Anthony Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Beech Fork Tailwaters Buckhannon River Buckhannon River (rail stocking) Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon ... FULL STORY

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend
March 25, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will host its spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop April 22-24, 2016, at Blackwater Falls State Park. The event is for women 18 years of age and older. Advance registration is required. “It’s a tremendous... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of March 14-18
March 22, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 14-18, 2016: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Barboursville Lake Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek ... FULL STORY

Golf and/or ski, your choice, at Canaan Valley
March 10, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley Resort State Park in Tucker County is switching from ski to golf, but the weekend of March 11-13, 2016, either or both outdoor sports are possible. “Our version of ‘March Madness’ is having golf and skiing available at the same place on the same weekend in March,” s... FULL STORY

Workman Foundation donates equipment to WV DNR
March 9, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Trooper Eric Workman Foundation has donated several research items to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources totaling approximately $2,700 from a “wish list” created by Palestine State Fish Hatchery manager Rodney Null. The equipment donation will enable hatche... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Feb. 29
March 6, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 29 – March 4, 2016: Anthony Creek Baker Lake (Children and Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Clay) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Ca... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking for Feb. 22-26, 2016
By Kyrana Jones
February 26, 2016

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Feb. 22-26, 2016 ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 22-26, 2016: Back Fork of Elk River Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork Creek Chief Logan Pond Clear Fork of Tug Cranb... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking for Feb. 22-26, 2016
February 26, 2016

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Feb. 22-26, 2016 ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 22-26, 2016; Back Fork of Elk River Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork Creek Chief Logan Pond Clear Fork of Tug Cranb... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of Feb. 15-19
February 19, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 15-19, 2016: Anthony Creek Beech Fork Tailwaters Berwind Lake Big Sandy Creek Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Logan) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Coopers Rock Lake Dry Fork (McDowell) East Lyn... FULL STORY

Duplicate Hunter Education Certification Cards
February 17, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hunters in West Virginia may now reprint their hunter education certification cards online. Working with West Virginia Interactive and WV.gov, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) is making this new service available. “This is a quick and convenient w... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Feb. 8-12
February 14, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 8-12, 2016: Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Castlemans Run Lake Curtisville Lake Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker) Dunkard Fork Lake Glady Fork Indian Creek Indian Rock Lake Laurel Creek of Cherry River Laurel Creek of New River (Fay... FULL STORY

Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race
February 12, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Sleds made of only cardboard and duct tape? It can be done. Anyone who can use those two common construction materials to make a person-powered sled is invited to take part in the annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Race at Blackwater Falls State Park Saturday, Feb. 27. “In an era... FULL STORY

W. Va. seasons end soon for furbearer trapping
February 10, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds that various trapping and small game seasons are ending soon. The hunting and trapping seasons for red and gray fox, bobcat, and raccoon will end Feb. 29, 2016. The trapping seasons for coyote, otter, mink and mu... FULL STORY

Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation Awards
February 9, 2016

FLATWOODS, W.Va. – Joshua Allison, wildlife manager of the Hillcrest and Cross Creek Wildlife Management Areas in the northern panhandle, recently was selected by the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) as their 2015 Wildlife Manager of the Year. He was presente... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Feb. 1-5
February 5, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 1-5, 2016: Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Barboursville Lake Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Buffalo Creek (Clay) Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Clover Run Conaway ... FULL STORY

Mountaineer Food Bank receives $50,000 donation
February 3, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, members of the Governor's One Shot Committee and several state senators and delegates recently presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank, representing $50,000 raised during the ninth annual Governor's One Shot Deer Hunt, held Oct. 23-25, 2015, at Stone... FULL STORY

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 138,493 Deer in 2015
January 19, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of deer registered with the new electronic game checking process indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 138,493 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seaso... FULL STORY

W. Va. trout stocking the week of Jan. 11-15
January 15, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 11-15, 2016: Chief Cornstalk Lake Middle Wheeling Creek (C&R) Rollins Lake South Branch (Franklin) Tomlinson Run Lake Turkey Run Lake FULL STORY

Hunters set record by harvesting 3,195 black bears
January 14, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia hunters harvested 3,195 black bears during the combined 2015 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2015 seasons w... FULL STORY

West Virginia trout stocking the week of Jan. 4-8
January 8, 2016

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 4-8, 2016: Anthony Creek Blackwater River Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Cedar Creek Lake Chief Logan Lake Cranberry River Curtisville Lake East Fork Greenbrier River Elk River Evitts Run Fitzpatrick Lake Gand... FULL STORY

11th annual Winter Eagle Survey
January 6, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The 11th annual winter eagle survey of the Bluestone/Pipestem area is looking for volunteer spotters for the Jan. 9, 2016, event. The four-hour survey will pair professional birders with novice or beginning bird watchers and assign them to survey observation sites to look for golde... FULL STORY

Get Ready to Ski Canaan Valley Resort
January 1, 2016

DAVIS, W. Va. Canaan Valley Resort will reopen its ski area Jan. 6, 2016. “The predicted return of seasonal temperatures and snow to the valley is welcomed,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager. Expected to open are seven slopes and trails from the top as well as Critters Crawl, a dedicated begi... FULL STORY

Hike 100 miles in 2016 in WV: Chief's Challenge
December 31, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Are you up to the “Chief’s Challenge?” West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England says 2016 is the year for hiking in West Virginia state parks and state forests. “It’s simple. I like to hike and I’m challenging individuals or groups who enjoy our state parks and fores... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s trout stocking begins Jan. 4
December 29, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2016 trout stocking season that begins Monday, Jan. 4, will see several changes, according to Bret Preston, assistant chief for the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Seven streams and one pond have been removed from the 2016 trout stocking sc... FULL STORY

Golf, sporting clay shooting and skiing available
December 26, 2015

DAVIS, W.Va. – Unseasonably warm weather has opened up opportunities for additional outdoor recreation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park near Davis. The resort will reopen the back nine of its golf course during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays from Dec. 23, 2015, through Jan. 3, 2016, weather per... FULL STORY

W.Va. hunters check in 1,131 fall turkeys
December 11, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Fall turkey hunters checked in 1,131 turkeys this fall from 33 open counties, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game bird project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Leading the state, Randolph County hunters reported harves... FULL STORY

Deer hunters harvest 66,374 bucks
December 9, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from the new electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 66,374 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 23 through Dec. 5, 2015, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the West Virgini... FULL STORY

WVDNR is soliciting public comments
December 8, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has made the Draft West Virginia Elk Management Plan: 2016-2020 available for public review and comment. A copy of the draft plan can be found on the DNR’s website at www.wvdnr.gov/Publications/Draft_Elk_Plan.pdf. “T... FULL STORY

Additional Deer Muzzleloader Stamps (RM or RRM)
December 6, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia hunters are reminded that the deer muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 7 through Dec. 12, 2015, according to Bob Knight, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Resident and nonresident hunters who are interested in purchasin... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Resort State Park Skiing
December 3, 2015

DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area will launch its 2015/2016 ski season Dec. 18, 2015. New this year is the addition of skiing in the eastern part of the mountain between two black diamond runs. Located in the highest mountain valley to the east of the Rocky Mountains, Canaan Valley’s ... FULL STORY

Game check system provides opening day numbers
November 27, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ new electronic game check system shows a preliminary report that hunters harvested 20,105 bucks during the first day of the buck deer firearms season that began Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. That’s a 77 percent increase over the 11,... FULL STORY

W.Va. Hunters Reminded to use Game Checking System
November 25, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2015 West Virginia buck firearms season is underway and runs through Saturday, Dec. 5. This is the state’s most popular hunting season and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that they must use the new electronic game checking system for... FULL STORY

WVDNR Encourages Hunters to Obtain DNR ID Number
November 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2015 West Virginia buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 23, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 5. This is the state’s most popular hunting season and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to obtain their DNR identification number (DNR I... FULL STORY

Buck and Antlerless Deer Firearms Seasons Open
November 20, 2015

Additional Buck Stamp (Class RG & RRG) must be purchased before Nov. 23 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. The buck firearms season has opened the Monday before Thanksgiving every year since 1965. The timing of the season is a ... FULL STORY

2015 West Virginia Deer Firearms Season Fact Sheet
November 18, 2015

• The West Virginia buck firearms season is Nov. 23 – Dec. 5, 2015. It is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. • Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia's woods during this season. • Hunters should review the 2015 - 2016 Hunting and Trapp... FULL STORY

Tree Stand Safety Tips
November 6, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – November is a big month for hunters, and the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that safety is the most important part of a successful season. This especially applies to the use of tree stands. Tree stands can be dangerous if they are used incorrectly or... FULL STORY

Report Hunting and Fishing Law Violations
November 3, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s easy to report hunting or fishing law violations in West Virginia, and those reports are helpful in protecting the state’s wildlife. “Anyone who witnesses or is aware of hunting and fishing law violations can call the closest DNR district office, 911 or provide info... FULL STORY

Fall Archery Deer Harvest Up 53 Percent
October 29, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia archery hunters are having a successful year so far in 2015, showing a 53 percent increase in their harvest of white-tailed deer compared to this time last year. The Division of Natural Resources reports that, as of Oct. 26, bow and crossbow hunters have taken... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Oct. 19-23
October 28, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. - The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 19, 2015. Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (delayed harvest) Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Creek Gl... FULL STORY

Bobcat Carcasses Needed for Research Project
October 26, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and West Virginia University (WVU) are asking trappers and hunters to donate bobcat carcasses to assist in collecting much-needed data on bobcat populations in the state. The Bobcat Ecology Research Project is in its sec... FULL STORY

Hunters Helping the Hungry Program
October 23, 2015

FRENCH CREEK, WV – Donations of harvested deer and financial donations are being accepted for the West Virginia Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). HHH provides low-fat, low-cholesterol meat to needy families around the state ... FULL STORY

Trappers Must Use New Checking System
October 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2015-2016 trapping season opens Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter are required to obtain their West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) identification number and use the new electronic game checking system to record th... FULL STORY

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications
October 19, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A limited bear firearms hunting season with dogs will occur Dec. 7 – 31, 2015, on Nathaniel Mountain and Short Mountain Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), according to Rich Rogers, district wildlife biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. ... FULL STORY

Early Firearms Antlerless Deer Season Oct. 22-24
October 18, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia deer hunters can take advantage of an October three-day firearm antlerless deer season on private land again this year, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR). In counties having a firearms antle... FULL STORY

Trout stocking week of Oct. 13, 2015
October 16, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. - The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 13, 2015. Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Creek Glade Creek of New River Knapps Creek Lost River ... FULL STORY

West Virginia 2015 Fall Trout Stockings Begin
October 13, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 2015 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of Oct. 13 and 19, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section. More than 43,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the two-week peri... FULL STORY

Electronic Game Checking System
October 11, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters have harvested almost 900 black bears and more than 5,000 white-tailed deer during the early archery and crossbow seasons that began Sept. 26 and will end Nov. 21, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natu... FULL STORY

Deer, Bear and Boar Archery And Crossbow Seasons
October 9, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2015 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar began Sept. 26, 2015, with the archery and crossbow deer and boar seasons running through Dec. 31, 2015. The bear archery and crossbow seasons are split seasons (Sept. 26-Nov. ... FULL STORY

Area Roads Open to Hunters with Disabilities
October 5, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to... FULL STORY

Facebook Users Help Solve Deer Killing Case
October 3, 2015

MADISON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Natural Resources Police have solved an albino deer killing case in Boone County, thanks to help from Facebook users. On Sept. 27, 2015, Natural Resources Police Officer Dakoda Chattin got a call from Boone County 911 advising that an albino deer had been shot a... FULL STORY

West Virginia Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook
September 30, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2015 “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” is available on the Division of Natural Resources’ website and at DNR offices across the state, according to Paul Johansen, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. Since 1971, the Wildlife Resources ... FULL STORY

New Land Acquisitions for Elk Reintroduction Plan
September 17, 2015

LOGAN, W.Va. – As part of its new elk reintroduction plan for southern West Virginia, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced leases of nearly 9,000 acres in Logan and McDowell counties that will be a major part of the new “elk zone.” The announcement was made by DNR Dire... FULL STORY

Small Game Hunting and Trapping Opportunities
September 14, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Several small game seasons are about to open for West Virginia hunters and trappers. The statewide squirrel hunting season opens Sept. 12, 2015 and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. This fall, hunters should experience good numbers of squi... FULL STORY

2015 Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open
September 11, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An early black bear season during which hunters can choose whether or not to use dogs is underway in Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties through Sept. 12, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. ... FULL STORY

Natural Resources start “Youth Hunting Program"
September 5, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunting is a West Virginia tradition, but everyone has to start somewhere. Many young people who would like to get involved don’t have anyone to teach them, so the Natural Resources Police Officers of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have started a new “Youth... FULL STORY

WVDNR Announces Expansion
September 4, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section announces that an additional 495 acres have been acquired recently to expand the Tate Lohr Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Mercer County, according to DNR Director Bob Fala. “The acquis... FULL STORY

Foundation Donates Electro Anesthesia Gloves
August 26, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Trooper Eric Workman Foundation recently provided gifts to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (WVDNR) to honor the life of the late Eric Workman and his dedication to fish and fishing in West Virginia. The Foundation purchased min... FULL STORY

WANTED: W.Va. Trophy Fish and Big Bucks
August 19, 2015

ROANOKE, W.Va. - If you have a legally harvested and mounted West Virginia big buck trophy, or if you have a trophy fish caught from West Virginia waters, it’s wanted for the Big Buck/Trophy Fish Display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 26-27, 2015, at Stonew... FULL STORY

Canada Goose and Mourning Dove Seasons Open
August 15, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's 2015–2016 migratory game bird seasons will begin statewide Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, with the opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natu... FULL STORY

Deadline to Apply for South Branch WMA Dove Hunt
July 31, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mourning dove hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station during the controlled mourning dove hunt on South Branch Wildlife Management Area must submit electronic applications by midnight August 15, 2015, according to Lee Strawn, Wildlife Manager at South Branch WMA. T... FULL STORY

“Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” Aug. 22
July 30, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – “Who cooks for me, who cooks for you all?” What raptor says this phrase? To learn the answer, come to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Sunday, Aug. 22, for the Birds of Prey educational program featuring live birds. “Ron and Wendy Perrone of Thr... FULL STORY

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Fall Workshop
July 23, 2015

MARLINTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that registration is underway for the fall “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” (BOW) workshop at Watoga State Park Sept. 18-20, 2015. This is an opportunity for women ages 18 and older to learn new outdoor skills. ... FULL STORY

2015-2016 W.Va. Hunting and Trapping Regulations
July 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2015-2016 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. This regulations summary is also a... FULL STORY

Applications for Two Controlled Deer Hunts in 2015
July 13, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are being accepted for controlled deer hunts at two West Virginia state parks in 2015. Controlled white-tailed deer hunts are scheduled at Pipestem Resort State Park (Summers County) Nov. 16, 17, 18 and at Cacapon Resort State Park (Morgan County) Dec. 7, 8, 9.... FULL STORY

Applications Available for 2015 Antlerless Deer
July 10, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Applications for the 2015 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are available online at www.wvhunt.com, according to Chris Ryan, Supervisor of Game Management Services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Hunters must apply for a l... FULL STORY

Swim for $1 at Twin Falls State Park’s Pool
July 8, 2015

MULLENS, West Virginia – The swimming pool at Twin Falls State Park is popular every summer with residents of Wyoming County, and this year a new one dollar entry fee is in effect to encourage more people to cool off at the park. The one dollar pool admission applies to all ages. Pool... FULL STORY

W.Va. State Parks Encourage Life Jackets For All
July 6, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks is encouraging the use of life jackets as part of Operation Life Jacket. Lakes and streams are some of the most popular attraction in the system’s 49 areas. West Virginia’s state parks offer a wide range of recreation opportunities i... FULL STORY

32nd annual Bear Hole Road Race
July 2, 2015

MULLENS, West Virginia – For the 32nd year, Twin Falls State Park near Mullens in Wyoming County will host the annual Bear Hole Road Race. The July 11 event will feature 10K and 5K runs and a 5K walk, with plaques to be awarded to the first, second and third place male and female winners in each cat... FULL STORY

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications
June 26, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from November 23 – December 5 on public and private land in 18 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Barbour,... FULL STORY

Applications Accepted for McClintic Duck Blinds
June 24, 2015

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. - Waterfowl hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station in the controlled waterfowl hunting zone of McClintic Wildlife Management Area must submit electronic applications by midnight Aug. 15, 2015, according to David McClung, Wildlife Manager at McClintic WMA, for the West... FULL STORY

“Wings of Wonder”
June 19, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – “Wings of Wonder” – A Birds of Prey program series at West Virginia State Parks, will be featured at 14 areas in 2015. These birds and others appear live with Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center (TRAC) to introduce various birds and to share aspects o... FULL STORY

WVDNR Schedules Public Meetings
June 10, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold three public meetings across the state for wildlife enthusiasts and other interested parties to review and comment on the proposed State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). Federal regulations require all state wil... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of June 1-5
June 5, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The wrong list of trout stocking locations was accidentally sent out Friday, June 5, 2015. Here is the correct list of waters that received stockings for the week of June 1-5, 2015. We apologize for the error. These are the last spring trout stockings for 2015. Anthony Creek Bl... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 13-14
June 2, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Fishing and Boating Week 2015 will be highlighted by the annual Free Fishing Weekend June 13-14, 2015, according to Bob Fala, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). During these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in West Virgi... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 25-29
May 31, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 25, 2015 Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 9,038 Spring Turkeys in 2015
May 30, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring Gobbler hunters electronically checked in 9,038 gobblers this year, slightly lower than the number checked last year, according to Keith Krantz, Turkey and Upland Game Biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The 2015 spring gobbler season was t... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 18-22
May 24, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 18, 2015 Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Back Fork of Elk River (C&R) Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) ... FULL STORY

Tagged Catfish Program Underway
May 22, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The popular Tagged Catfish in the Parks Program is underway again in West Virginia’s state parks, providing fun and even rewards to those lucky enough to catch one. State parks have some of the many lakes that are part of the Division of Natural Resources stocking p... FULL STORY

Wilderness Survival Experience scheduled at Seneca
May 20, 2015

DUNMORE, West Virginia – “Everyone should have a ‘survival file’ stored in their minds to draw from should they find themselves in a pickle.” That’s the theme of a special Wilderness Survival Experience scheduled for June 22-27, 2015 at Seneca State Forest near Dunmore in Pocahontas County. ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of May 11-15
May 17, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 11, 2015 Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Bullskin Run Camp Creek Castlemans Run Lake Cherry River Clear Fork of ... FULL STORY

WVDNR to Stock Catchable Channel Catfish
May 15, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be stocking more than 4,000 catchable-size channel catfish during the week of May 18, 2015. This popular program provides fishing opportunities at user-friendly lakes at DNR wildlife management areas and state parks, as w... FULL STORY

Get The Latest W.Va. Natural Resources Info
May 13, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Outdoors enthusiasts now can learn the latest information about enforcement of West Virginia’s hunting, fishing and wildlife laws by way of Facebook at “West Virginia Natural Resources Police.” “Many residents refer to them as ‘game wardens’ and ‘cons... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 4 - 8
May 10, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 4, 2015 Anthony Creek Beechfork Tailwaters Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Chief Logan Pond Coopers ... FULL STORY

WVDNR Advises: Leave Young Wildlife Alone
May 5, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone. "The spring season is the time of year when the woods and fields of West Virginia are full of new life," said Paul Johansen, acting chief for the DNR Wildlife ... FULL STORY

W. Va. Trout Stocking Week of April 27 – May 1
May 1, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 27, 2015 Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) Bullskin Run Camp Creek Castleman Run Lake Cherry River C... FULL STORY

Fly Fishing Clinic and Train Ride at Cass
April 29, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – An introduction to fly fishing, equipment and materials used in fly tying and common knots used in fly fishing is the weekend focus at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park May 29-31, 2015. “Most importantly, there is stream fishing for trout as part of the experience,” said Monica F... FULL STORY

W. Va. Trout Stocking Week of April 20-24
April 27, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 20, 2015 Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk (C&R) Beechfork Tailwaters Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork Lake Bullski... FULL STORY

An Outdoor Office: Lifeguarding Opportunities
April 21, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state parks operate and maintain 22 swimming pools for public use as well as for those using parks for summer vacation. They offer attractive summer employment opportunities and possible career entry for those who qualify as certified lifeguards. ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 13-17
April 20, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 13, 2015 Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Baker Lake (Children & Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Run Lake Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Bullskin Run C... FULL STORY

W.Va. Spring Gobbler Season Opens April 27
April 16, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring gobbler season opens in West Virginia Monday, April 27 and runs through Saturday, May 23. Hunters may kill only one bearded turkey per day, but they are allowed two per season. Youth season for hunters at least 8 years old and less than 18 years old will be held Satu... FULL STORY

Lifeguard Certification Class
April 15, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Individuals who want to become certified as lifeguards Is invited to take a certification class at Pipestem Resort State Park later this month. “The three-day course, April 24, 25 and 26, is intense. Successful participants will become certified for Lifeguard... FULL STORY

Anglers Who Catch Tagged Trout Eligible for Reward
April 14, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Anglers who catch a special tagged trout at one of five West Virginia state parks are eligible to receive special rewards while at the same time providing valuable information for biological research. “Trout anglers can experience great stream fishing... FULL STORY

Public Employees Golf Tournament
April 10, 2015

MULLENS, West Virginia – The 24th annual West Virginia Public Employees Golf Tournament is scheduledfor May 18 at Twin Falls State Park with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Participants must be current or retired federal, state, city, county or public education employees. The tournament cost is $55 and ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of March 30 – April 3
April 7, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 16, 2015 Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Castleman Run Lake C... FULL STORY

Fishy Happenings in West Virginia’s State Parks
April 4, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Division of Natural Resources trout stockings are fully underway in April, including in many of the waters found in West Virginia’s state parks. “Fishing can be an outdoor activity throughout life for any person,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief ... FULL STORY

Electronic game check comes to West Virginia
April 2, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Beginning in April, for the first time, hunters and trappers will be able to check in their game from their phones or computers. The new system takes effect just in time for the 2015 spring gobbler season, which runs from April 27 through May 23. It also applies to youth hu... FULL STORY

WVDNR Names District Law Enforcement Captains
April 1, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Robert Fala has presented letters of promotion to three new district captains of the DNR Law Enforcement Section. Their appointments became effective Monday, March 16, 2015. Captain William “Bill” Persinger, Jr. – Dist... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of March 23-27
March 30, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 23, 2015 Anthony Creek Beech Fork Tailwaters Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Cranberry River ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking March 16-20
March 23, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 16, 2015 Anawalt Lake Anderson Lake Anthony Creek Baker Lake (Children & Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River Bu... FULL STORY

“Today’s catch” Photo on Social Media
March 20, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Following up complaints in person and by email that someone had been taking more than the daily creel limit of trout on Big Clear Creek along Anjean Road in Greenbrier County, Natural Resources Police Officers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources District 4 Office in... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of March 9-13
March 16, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 9, 2015 Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (double stocking) B... FULL STORY

April Hunter Education Course Scheduled
March 13, 2015

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will conduct a hunter education class in Randolph County at the West Virginia DNR Elkins Operation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 and from 1-5 p.m. April 12. Students must attend all hours both days of the 10-hour course and pass a written and h... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of March 2-6
March 6, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 2, 2015 Barboursville Lake Bear Rocks Lake Buckhannon River Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cedar Creek Lake Clover Run Coonskin Park Lake (Children/Class Q) Curtisville Lake Dog Run Lake Dry Fork ... FULL STORY

Public Meetings to Discuss Proposed Regulations
March 2, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2015 hunting regulations for white-ta... FULL STORY

W.Va. State Park Golf Courses are Calling!
February 25, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Even though snow covers the ground and the temperatures are still low, now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses. “Golf is lifetime pursuit that can be played by those who are young o... FULL STORY

Seasons End for Furbearer Trapping and Hunting
February 23, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds sportsmen and women that the hunting and trapping seasons for red fox, gray fox, bobcat and raccoon ends Feb. 28, 2015. The trapping seasons for coyote, otter, mink, skunk, opossum, weasel and muskrat also will e... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 9-13
February 16, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 9, 2015 Deer Creek (Nicholas) Jimmy Lewis Lake Laurel Creek (Fayette) Laurel Creek (Nicholas) Mason Lake Mill Creek (Fayette) Pipestem Lake Back Fork of Elk River Berwind Lake Desert Fork Dry For... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 2-6
February 8, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 2, 2015 Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Clover Run Dillons Run Dog Run Lake D... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 19-23
January 26, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 19, 2015 Barboursville Lake Curtisville Lake Elk River Gandy Creek Glady Fork Huey Lake Laurel Fork (Randolph) Shavers Fork (Bemis) Shavers Fork (lower section) South Branch (Franklin) South Branch (S... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 1,016 Fall Turkeys in 2014
January 23, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary figures for the 2014 fall turkey hunting season reveal that 1,016 turkeys were checked in, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Statewide, the 2014 harvest was very similar to ... FULL STORY

Grand Opening - Longest Sled Run on the East Coast
January 22, 2015

This morning, state officials celebrated the grand opening of the longest sled run on the East Coast at Blackwater Falls State Park. The new and improved Blackwater Falls sled run lets sledders race down more than a quarter-mile of fresh-groomed mountain snow. From the bottom, the new Wonder Carpet... FULL STORY

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 104,223 Deer in 2014
January 20, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 104,223 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Direct... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 12-16
January 19, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 12, 2015: Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Cedar Creek Lake Chief Cornstalk Lake Evitts Run Fitzpatrick Lake James P. Bailey Lake Knapps Creek Krodel Lake Larenim Park Lake Little Beaver Lake Middle ... FULL STORY

Fly Rod Chronicles Returns
January 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - What’s it like to fish the rapids of the New River Gorge in West Virginia? Find out when Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming returns to the Outdoor Channel for a new season of fishing adventures this weekend. In this new episode, Curtis and crew float the second... FULL STORY

W.Va. Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014
January 15, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2014 seasons w... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 5-9
January 9, 2015

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 5, 2015 Anthony Creek Blackwater River Chief Logan Lake Laurel Lake Lick Creek Pond Lost River Shavers Fork C&R (Stuarts Park Recreation Area) Shavers Fork (upper section) Trout Run Waites Run Wayne D... FULL STORY

"First Day" Hikes at W.Va. State Parks in 2015
December 26, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – It's never early to think about New Year's resolutions. A healthy outlook combined with getting outdoors more is a good 2015 combo. At least five areas in the West Virginia state park system will offer First Day Hikes Jan. 1, 2015 Participating in the... FULL STORY

37,277 Bucks Harvested During Buck Firearms Season
December 16, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 37,277 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 24 through Dec. 6, 2014, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virg... FULL STORY

Mountaineer Food Bank receives $65,000 Donation
December 11, 2014

GASSAWAY, W.Va. – Governor’s One Shot Committee members have presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank, representing $65,000 raised during the eighth annual Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt held Oct. 24-26, 2014. The money will go toward expenses associated with the Hunters Helping the Hungry Prog... FULL STORY

Brian Sarfino to energize Terrain Park
December 6, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort announces Brian Sarfino has joined the mountain operations at Canaan Valley Resort. Sarfino is the terrain park supervisor for the 2014-15 winter season, which opened Nov. 29. Previously the terrain park director at Timberline Ski Resort, Brian comes with ... FULL STORY

West Virginia DNR Prepares for Licensing Change
December 4, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that Dec. 23 will be the last day in 2014 for processing lifetime licenses or permits. The last week of December will be used to prepare for conversion of records into the new electronic licensing system which ... FULL STORY

Additional Deer Muzzleloader Stamp Deadline
November 28, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia hunters are reminded that the deer muzzleloader season will run from Dec. 8 through Dec. 13, according to Curtis Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Subsequently, resident and nonre... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Resort Opens 2014-2015 Ski Season
November 26, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – The 2014-15 winter ski season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 29 at Canaan Valley Resort. The early opening can be attributed to extremely cold temperatures and the dedication of the snowmaking staff. In celebration of Canaan’s 43rd anniversary as a ski resort, the first 43 peop... FULL STORY

Public Meeting to Determine Interest in Elk
November 25, 2014

Dec. 4, 2014, 7 p.m., Harless Community Center, Gilbert, Mingo County GILBERT, W.Va. – A meeting to help determine public interest in the restoration of elk to West Virginia has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert,... FULL STORY

Concurrent Black Bear Hunting Opportunities
November 24, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 24 through Dec. 6, 2014, in all or parts of 28 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sev... FULL STORY

Buck and Antlerless Gun Seasons Open
November 23, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As is traditional every Monday before Thanksgiving, West Virginia’s two-week antlered (buck) firearm season begins Monday, Nov. 24, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. The West Virginia’s buck gun season provides a wealth of recreational opportunities for hunters ... FULL STORY

2014 West Virginia Deer Gun Season Fact Sheet
November 21, 2014

The West Virginia buck firearms season is Nov. 24 – Dec. 6, 2014. It is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods during this season. Hunters should review the 2014 - 2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulatio... FULL STORY

Snow Making Underway at Canaan Valley Resort
November 19, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Ski and tubing slopes got their first snow Nov. 7 as resort employees began the layering process of building a snow base for winter sport at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis. The anticipated opening date for downhill skiing at Canaan is Nov. 29. “We’re getting a jump on winter so... FULL STORY

Report Hunting and Fishing Law Violations
November 14, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s easy to report hunting or fishing law violations in West Virginia, and those reports are helpful in protecting the state’s wildlife. “Anyone who witnesses or is aware of hunting and fishing law violations can call the closest DNR district office, 911 or ... FULL STORY

DNR Law Enforcement Section Offers Tree Stand Tips
November 12, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – November is a big month for hunters, and the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters that safety is the most important part of a successful season. One of the most popular pieces of equipment used by deer hunters is a tree stand. Tree stands can b... FULL STORY

Public Meeting to Determine Interest in Elk Plan
November 11, 2014

Nov. 13, 2014, 7 p.m., Chief Logan Lodge, Logan County SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A meeting to help determine public interest in the restoration of elk to West Virginia has been scheduled for Nov. 13, 2014, 7 p.m., at Chief Logan Lodge in Logan County. The meeting is being conducted... FULL STORY

Pipestem State Park Adds Marked Jogging Routes
November 10, 2014

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Aided by local coach and running enthusiast Paul Hodges, Pipestem Resort State Park has added another way to get your Vitamin “N:” nature, that is. Walkers, runners, joggers and bicyclists now have 5K and 10K routes permanently marked along park roads. The ro... FULL STORY

“First Day” Hikes at West Virginia State Parks
November 7, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s not too early to think about New Year’s resolutions, and a good one would be to get outdoors more often. At least four areas in the West Virginia state park system will offer First Day Hikes Jan. 1, 2014. It is West Virginia’s invitation to get outdoors as one of the 5... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Campus Community to Host Turkey Trot
November 5, 2014

The Wellness Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College and the New Community Church is partnering with the Buckhannon community to hold its third annual Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, November 15 at 9 a.m. Each year, the Turkey Trot provides a great opportunity to exercise with hundreds of ... FULL STORY

Special Golf Play Discount at State Parks
October 31, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Veterans staying at West Virginia state parks the first two weeks of November are eligible for special overnight rates. “The Veterans Day appreciation program has been offered for many years,” said Paul Redford, district administrator for West Virginia State ... FULL STORY

The Bow Shop to Host Archery in Schools Training
October 28, 2014

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program Dec. 4 at the Bow Shop in Clarksburg, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator. Since its ... FULL STORY

2014 Furbearer Trapping Seasons to Open
October 28, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s trapping seasons will open Nov. 1, 2014. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) representative within 30 days after the close ... FULL STORY

2014 Wild Boar Firearms Season Opens Oct. 25
October 23, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wild boar firearms season in West Virginia is scheduled to open Oct. 25 and run through Nov. 1, 2014. The season is open to West Virginia residents only. To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses: Class X, XJ, XS, AB-L, A-L or Clas... FULL STORY

Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet
October 21, 2014

ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2014 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 24 and 25, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This will be the eighth year for the fundraising event that presents the proceeds to the Hunters Helping the Hung... FULL STORY

Wildlife Management Area Roads in W.Va. Open
October 19, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to... FULL STORY

Firearm Antlerless Deer Hunting Opportunity
October 17, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters can take advantage of an October three-day firearm antlerless deer season on private land again this year, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in Charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). In counties or parts thereof having ... FULL STORY

Are You a “Trout Wrangler?”
October 14, 2014

Registration Closes Oct. 15 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – “Trout Wrangler” is a fly fishing experience at Pipestem Resort State Park conducted in early spring and late autumn. “An angler’s dream and a trout’s nightmare” is a fitting description of the two-day, one-night event that span... FULL STORY

2014 Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 14
October 13, 2014

First daily stocking reports available on the WVDNR’s Facebook page SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s too early to put away that fishing pole. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) will conduct its fall trout stockings the weeks of Oct. 14 (Oct. 13 is a holiday) and ... FULL STORY

Big Game Harvests to be Checked at Stations
October 11, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With a variety of hunting seasons underway or approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds big game hunters that successful hunters must field tag and transport their deer, bear, turkey or boar to a Natural Resources Police Officer or official game c... FULL STORY

Fall Wild Turkey Season Opens Oct. 11
October 9, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The fall wild turkey hunting season in West Virginia opens Oct. 11 in selected counties across the state, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR expects the wild tu... FULL STORY

Deer, Bear and Boar Archery Seasons Open
September 29, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2014 archery seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar open Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The bear archery season is a split season (Sept. 27-Nov. 22 and Dec. 8-Dec. 31). In addition to a base license, bear hunters must purchase a Be... FULL STORY

2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook
September 27, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The 2014 “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” is available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources website and printed copies will soon be available at DNR offices across the state, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wi... FULL STORY

W.Va. Wildlife Information on Facebook and Twitter
September 26, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Outdoors enthusiasts now can learn the latest information about hunting, fishing and wildlife in West Virginia by way of Facebook and Twitter. The pages, hosted by the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR), are being launched to coinc... FULL STORY

Fall Channel Catfish Stocking
September 25, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Catfishing is such a popular outdoor activity that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging autumn angling with an additional catfish stocking at five West Virginia state parks lakes. ‘The spring catfish stocking program was ver... FULL STORY

Golf Professional Fancies FootGolf
September 22, 2014

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – PGA Golf Professional Bob Biroscak at Pipestem Resort State Park has not turned in his drivers, irons and putters, and he doesn’t intend to do so. However, he recognizes the need to create new interest in the game of golf. “We need to try new ideas and, if i... FULL STORY

Outdoor Youth Challenge
September 17, 2014

ROANOKE, West Virginia – For several years, the Outdoor Youth Challenge has been one of the biggest attractions during West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, held annually at Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This hands-on event focuses on getting chi... FULL STORY

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications
September 15, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – A limited number of permits allowing hunters to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the buck-gun season are still available. A bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 24-Dec. 6 on public and private land in 17 counties: Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant,... FULL STORY

Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open
September 13, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters are reminded that a bear season with or without the use of dogs will take place in all or parts of 16 counties Sept. 18–20 and all of eight counties Oct. 4-10. The counties or parts of counties open to bear hunting with or without dogs from Sept. 18–2... FULL STORY

Small Game Hunting and Trapping Opportunities
September 11, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The statewide squirrel season opens Saturday, Sept. 13. “Squirrel season is the first of numerous small game seasons and is very popular with many West Virginia sportsmen,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “It is... FULL STORY

FootGolf at Pipestem Resort State Park
September 9, 2014

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. The only place to play it in West Virginia is at Pipestem Resort State Park. “It’s another fu... FULL STORY

Summersville Lake Tailwater Trout Stocking
August 27, 2014

SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association (WVPRO), will stock 750 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River during the week of Aug. 25, 2014. The g... FULL STORY

DNR Fish Health Surveys to be Conducted
August 25, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct fisheries surveys and sampling for fish health assessments on the Kanawha and Elk rivers during the week of August 25, according to Bret Preston, Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. ... FULL STORY

Carpenter Joins Wesleyan Athletic Department
August 22, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College recently welcomed Duane Carpenter as the College’s new Sports Information Director. A Buckhannon native, Carpenter returns to the College in this role after a brief time working as a staff writer for The Record Delta. With many years of journalism and sports exper... FULL STORY

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Fall Workshop
August 21, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that registration is underway for the fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop at Watoga State Park Sept. 12-14, 2014. This is an opportunity for women ages 18 and older to learn new outdoor skill... FULL STORY

Youth and Statewide Squirrel Seasons
August 20, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Summer is winding down and the 2014 fall hunting seasons are almost here. The one-day, youth-only squirrel season will be held Sept. 6, 2014, and the statewide squirrel season opens Sept. 13, 2014 and runs through Jan. 31, 2015. “Get back to your root... FULL STORY

WANTED: West Virginia Trophy Fish and Big Bucks
August 19, 2014

ROANOKE, W.Va. - If you have a legally harvested and mounted West Virginia big buck trophy, or if you have a trophy fish caught from West Virginia waters, it’s wanted for the Big Buck/Trophy Fish Display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27-28, 2014, at Stonew... FULL STORY

Mourning Dove Season opens Sept. 1, 2014
August 15, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Mourning dove season in West Virginia opens Sept. 1, 2014. “For many hunters this marks the beginning of the fall hunting seasons,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). ... FULL STORY

Swimming Opportunities Adjusted For School Changes
August 12, 2014

GRAFTON, West Virginia –With schools restarting for the year, swimming hours are changing at West Virginia’s state parks and forests, including the lake beach swimming area at Tygart Lake State Park. Swimming pools at West Virginia’s state parks are traditionally open from Memorial Da... FULL STORY

Eastern Bluebird is “Bird of the Month”
August 7, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The eastern bluebird is the featured songbird at Kanawha State Forest in August. The August Bird of the Month (BOM) event is presented by Rob Bailey. The program begins at 2 p.m. at the swimming pool building Aug. 9, 2014. The program is open to the public without ... FULL STORY

“Walk Between the Parks”
July 31, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Walk Between the Parks is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, between Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. The 8-mile, 4-hour scenic hike is considered moderately strenuous and takes hikers through a variety of settings including groves of Red Spruce, E... FULL STORY

Open Water Skills Training Event
July 31, 2014

GRAFTON, West Virginia – Tygart lake State Park’s swimming beach reopened in 2014 and the park’s staff are encouraged and planning expanded hours of operation next year. The beach swimming areas was closed for six years for renovation and to meet safety codes. It reopened in this summer with a renov... FULL STORY

Long-Distance Rail Trails Attract Hikers. Bikers
July 24, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The North Bend Rail Trail and the Greenbrier River Trail are parts of the West Virginia State Park system that are popular with both residents and visitors who enjoy hiking and biking. These former train track bed trails provide long, gently sloping access to some o... FULL STORY

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit
July 22, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications are now available for permits for the limited bear firearms season this fall in West Virginia. Hunters are reminded that, concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season, a bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 24–Dec. 6, 2014, on publ... FULL STORY

Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary Available
July 13, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The 2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. This regulations summary... FULL STORY

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course at Cacapon Resort
July 10, 2014

BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golfers at all levels enjoy the many great golf courses available in West Virginia state parks, but the Robert Trent Jones course at Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs is offering special discounts this summer. “The Robert Trent Jone... FULL STORY

Applications for 2014 Antlerless Deer Season
July 7, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These applications also may be downloaded from the DNR’s Web page at www.wvdnr.gov. ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Junior Golfers to Play at Greenbrier
July 2, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Cole Hand and Alston Spears, two West Virginia junior golfers, will participate alongside professional golfers at this year's Greenbrier Classic. "Cole and Alston are extremely hardworking and talented golfers," Gov. Tomblin said. "These ... FULL STORY

Permit Applications Available for Deer Hunt
June 13, 2014

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virgi... FULL STORY

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys
June 10, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year’s harvest represents a 19 perce... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of June 2-6
June 9, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of June 2, 2014. These are the final stockings of the spring 2014 season. Cranberry River Cranberry River (C&R) Williams River Williams River (C&R) FULL STORY

Park Tees Up with US Kids Golf
June 4, 2014

BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Cacapon Resort State Park has partnered with the PGA’s US Kids Golf initiative in 2014. To promote its PGA Family Course program, Cacapon is offering a junior golfer rate every day. Youth players under the age of 18 get a 50 percent off greens fee if playing with an... FULL STORY

Summer Fishing at West Virginia State Parks
June 2, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s state parks offer many opportunities and types of waters for a favorite summertime pursuit – fishing – with ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. Catchable warmwater and coldwater fish include bluegill, bass, catfish, trout and other species. Residents and visit... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of May 26-30
June 1, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 26, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters ... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend
May 30, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – National Fishing and Boating Week 2014 will be highlighted by the 24th annual Free Fishing Weekend June 7-8, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). During these two days, residents and nonresidents can fish in ... FULL STORY

2014 Spring Gobbler Season
May 28, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2014 spring turkey hunting season was a milestone in West Virginia. For the first time since spring turkey hunting was instituted in the late 1960s, no fatalities and no injuries were reported to the Law Enforcement Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 19-23
May 26, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 19, 2014: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River (C&R) Back Fork of Elk River Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Bullskin Run Cacapon... FULL STORY

WVDNR to Stock Catchable Channel Catfish
May 22, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be stocking more than 5,000 catchable-size channel catfish beginning May 20, 2014, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro. These channel catfish introductions are in addition to the stocking of more than 34,000 fish into... FULL STORY

New West Virginia Record Rainbow Trout
May 20, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state record rainbow trout was caught recently by Eric Files Sr. of Martinsburg, West Virginia, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Files caught the 33.11-inch, 19.40-pound fish from a private pond in Berkeley County ... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of May 12-16
May 17, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 12, 2014: Anthony Creek Baker Lake (Children & Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Berwind Lake Blackwater River Boley Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake ... FULL STORY

W. Va. Trout Stocking Week of May 5-9
May 13, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 5, 2014: Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Beech Fork Tailwaters Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Caca... FULL STORY

Fly Fishing Clinic, Train Ride, at Cass
May 9, 2014

CASS, W.Va. - It could be the name of a song, “Trains and Fishing.” But it’s the focus of a fly fishing workshop at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park May 31–June 1. “We’re casting this two-day workshop to anyone who wants to learn or try fly fishing,” said Monica Fleming, Cass activity ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of April 28 - May 2
May 5, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 28, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Beech Fork Tailwaters Boley Lake Buckhannon River (railroad stocking) Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker) East Lynn Tailwaters Glade Creek of Mann Lick Creek Pond North F... FULL STORY

“Passport to Fun”
May 2, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Full-season golf passes are a bargain for golfers and encourage outdoor recreation and exercise. Three of West Virginia’s golf courses, Pipestem, Cacapon and Twin Falls, make available an add-on called “Passport to Fun” that expands additional activities and discounts avail... FULL STORY

State Record Blue Catfish Caught
April 30, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A state record blue catfish was caught recently from the Ohio River, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The record blue catfish was caught by Austin Hoffman of Milton, West Virginia. Hoffman caught the 47.... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 21-25
April 28, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 21, 2014: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lak... FULL STORY

Wild Turkey Survey Cooperators Needed
April 25, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. -- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel began a statewide survey of spring gobbler hunters in 1983, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. This useful survey has the hunter record items of interest by day, such as the number of... FULL STORY

Pocahontas County Archery Team
April 24, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Archery is a great equalizer, regardless of size, gender, age, athletic ability or disability. Jody and Becky Spencer should know. They are volunteer instructors with West Virginia’s DNR Archery in the Schools (AIS) program in Pocahontas County. “We have smal... FULL STORY

Spring Gobbler Season is Rapidly Approaching!
April 23, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – Spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 28 and runs through Saturday, May 24, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. While hunters may kill only one bearded turkey per day, they are allowed two per season. A one... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 14-18
April 21, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 14, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Logan) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Cranbe... FULL STORY

Wesleyan to Begin Ross Field Renovation
April 19, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College will begin renovating Cebe Ross field into a Multi-purpose athletic facility next month. The first phase of the project will involve the installation of a synthetic turf system, a new eight lane track surface, and the development of the infrastructure for lights, and ... FULL STORY

West Virginia State Park Hikes Scheduled
April 16, 2014

CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – Some of West Virginia’s state parks will participate in the National Park Service’s 11th annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 25-27, by scheduling several special hikes. All are free and the public is invited. Full program details are online at www.nps.gov/neri. Apri... FULL STORY

Archery in the Schools Training
April 9, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program July 8 and 9, 2014, at Pipestem Resort State Park, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator. ... FULL STORY

National Competition at Pipestem Resort SP
April 7, 2014

PIPESTEM, W.Va. - Pipestem Resort State Park, the International Bowhunters Organization (IBO), and Backwoods Bowhunters of Princeton, W.Va., are teaming to conduct the IBO Spring National Competition the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. This event is expected to draw approximately 600-800 competitors, ... FULL STORY

W.Va. Trout Stocking Week of March 31 - April 4
April 6, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 31, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Run Lake Blackwater River Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Chief Logan Pond Clear Fork of Guyandotte R... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of March 24-28, 2014
March 29, 2014

3/28/2014 ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 24, 2014: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River (rail stocking) Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 17-21
March 25, 2014

The following waters were stocked the week of March 17, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Beech Fork Tailwaters Blackwater River Boley Lake Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Clear Fork of Guyand... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 10-14
March 19, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 10, 2014: Anawalt Lake Anderson Lake Anthony Creek Baker Lake (Children & Class Q) Bear Rocks Lake Berwind Lake Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (B... FULL STORY

West Virginia Big Game Bulletins Available
March 14, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2013 West Virginia Big Game Bulletin is available at Division of Natural Resources district offices, the Elkins and South Charleston offices, and on the agency’s website, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. The Big ... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of March 3-7
March 11, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 3, 2014: Anthony Creek Barboursville Lake Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cedar Creek Lake Clover Run Curtisville ... FULL STORY

Online Registration Available for Tournaments
March 8, 2014

ROANOKE, W.Va. - A new online registration system is available for fishing tournaments at Stonewall Jackson Lake in Lewis County, according to Bret Preston, assistant chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The online system is for tournaments composed of 10 or fewer b... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 24-28
March 1, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 24, 2014: Back Fork of Elk River Blackwater River Boley Lake Chief Logan Pond Deer Creek (Pocahontas) Desert Fork Dog Run Lake East Fork Greenbrier River Fitzpatrick Lake Glade Creek of Mann Glad... FULL STORY

W.Va. DNR Announces Public Meetings
February 28, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2014 hunting regulations for white-ta... FULL STORY

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program
February 26, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces that the spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop will be held April 11-14, 2014, at Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton in Taylor County. “Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but have ne... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 17-21
February 21, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 17, 2014: Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Evitts Run Indian Rocks Lake Middle Creek Mill Creek of Opequon Creek (Berkeley) Opequon Creek Rocky Marsh Run Anthony Creek Deillons Run Edwards Run and ... FULL STORY

Fly Rod Chronicles Casts Spotlight on Shavers Fork
February 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Shavers Fork River, restored to its former state as a world-class brook trout stream, will be showcased on the Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming.” Show host Fleming will be joined by American Sport Fishing Association President Gordon Robertson and form... FULL STORY

Serious Snow Means Longer Ski Season
February 20, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. - With more than 130 inches of natural snow at Canaan Valley Resort, ski season is being extended to March 23, according to Paul Redford, district administrator for West Virginia State Parks. This means skiers will have an additional three weeks to enjoy the slopes at this Tucker County... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 10-14
February 16, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 10, 2014: Anawalt Lake Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Cherry River Clear Fork of Tug Clover Run Coopers Rock Lake Dunkard Fork Lake East Fork Greenbrier River Fall... FULL STORY

Stocking Week of Feb. 3-7
February 10, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 3, 2014: Anthony Creek Berwind Lake Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Conaway Run Lake Curtisville Lake Deer Creek (Nicholas) Dry Fork (McDowell) Dry Fork (Randol... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 27-31
January 31, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 27, 2014: Rollins Lake North Fork of South Branch (C&R) Chief Logan Pond Laurel Fork Lake Lick Creek Pond Wayne Dam FULL STORY

Major Snow Equals Maximum Fun
January 26, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. - With more than 13 inches of new snow at Canaan Valley this week, the fresh powder conditions are optimal for downhill skiing. The total snow fall in the valley this winter is about 76.5 inches and growing. The current snow base on the slopes ranges from 16-30 inches. The resort contin... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 2,682 Black Bears in 2013
January 25, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia hunters harvested 2,682 black bears during the combined 2013 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combin... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 150,268 Deer in 2013
January 22, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 150,268 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and Youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resou... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 1,013 Fall Turkeys in 2013
January 20, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary figures for the West Virginia 2013 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,013 turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The 2013 statewide harvest was 20 percent lower than 2012 and 12 ... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 13-17, 2014
January 18, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 13, 2014: Barboursville Lake Blackwater River Bullskin Run Cedar Creek Lake Chief Cornstalk Lake Cranberry River Evitts Run Fitzpatrick Lake Huey Lake Hurricane Reservoir Krodel Lake Little Beaver Lake Lost River Mi... FULL STORY

Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop
January 15, 2014

MULLENS, W.Va. – Learn the skills that were necessary for everyday life in the 18th century for American Indians and European Americans. Twin Falls State Park’s Tracking and Woods Lore Workshop is Jan. 17-19, 2014, and provides a look back in time to when people lived closer to nature. ... FULL STORY

Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 6-10
January 14, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 6, 2014: Anthony Creek Cacapon Park Lake Curtisville Lake James P. Bailey Tailwaters Knapps Creek Larenim Park Lake Mountwood Park Lake Opequon Creek Rocky Marsh Run South Branch (Smoke Hole) Watoga... FULL STORY

Board Strengthens Student Athlete Safety Rules
January 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) during its monthly meeting in Charleston approved West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) - Series 2, Athletics, Provisions Governing Eligibility. “This is a significant step in how we protect all of our athle... FULL STORY

Snowshoeing in West Virginia State Parks
January 4, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. - In higher elevations, where rhododendron thickets coincide with nearby clearings or timber cuts, the sighting of a snowshoe hare is possible, but rare. Not that Lepus americanus is a rare hare, but in wintery conditions with blankets of snow, it is difficult to spot an evasive animal ... FULL STORY

New Fishing Regulations and Tournament Policy
December 30, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - New fishing regulations will be in place for Stonewall Jackson Lake in 2014, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. “Anglers will be able to keep a daily creel of six black bass, one of which may be longer than 18 inches. This represents ... FULL STORY

Changes for the 2014 Spring Trout Stocking Season
December 28, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has a couple of changes for the upcoming 2014 trout stocking season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Wolf Creek in Preston County has been removed from the 2014 trout ... FULL STORY

Snow Tubing, Skiing and More
December 23, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – The tubing park at Canaan Valley Resort attracts all ages to enjoy winter recreation. The 1,200-foot, eight lane recreational area is open daily and offers special night tubing Dec. 26 – 31 for holiday recreation. Special evening tubing sessions are from 4:30- 6:30 and 7-9 p.m. Tubing... FULL STORY

Be Healthy, Stay Active at Canaan Valley Resort
December 21, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - Winter sports, teamed with an overnight retreat, may be just the motivation needed to visit a state park for downhill or cross-country skiing, hiking, tubing, snowshoeing or ice skating. Canaan Valley Resort offers an array of wintertime recreation and package options, including acces... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Resort Features Magic Carpet Rides
December 19, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - Skiers and tubing enthusiasts will not step inside Steppenwolf’s 1960s-era song “Magic Carpet Ride,” but they will find an outdoor conveyor that transports people up the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. This winter will be the first full season using the magic carpet equipme... FULL STORY

West Virginia Harvest
December 17, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,333 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2013, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virg... FULL STORY

Slopes Open at Canaan Valley State
December 10, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - The main ski area opened Dec. 7 at Canaan Valley State Park near Davis in Tucker County. “It’s great to have skiing available in early December,” said Lenora Testerman, editor of the Bear Tracks Newsletter, a weekly publication for resort guests and amenities information found at the ... FULL STORY

Archery in the Schools Instructor Training
November 27, 2013

FLATWOODS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program Feb. 12-13, 2014, at Mid-State Archery in Flatwoods, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator. Since i... FULL STORY

2013 West Virginia Deer Gun Season's Fact Sheet
November 24, 2013

The West Virginia buck firearms season is Nov. 25 – Dec. 7, 2013. It is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. Approximately 330,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods during this season. Hunters should review the 2013 - 2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations... FULL STORY

Tests Find Asian Carp eDNA in Ohio River Sections
November 22, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. and HARRISBURG, Pa. - State officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) have confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian silver carp has been found in two water samples collect... FULL STORY

Buck and Antlerless Gun Seasons
November 20, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s traditional antlered (buck) firearm season begins Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “The 2013 firearms buck season does not open Nov. 18 a... FULL STORY

Concurrent Black Bear Hunting Opportunities
November 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7 in all or parts of 29 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Nineteen ... FULL STORY

Interactive West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Map
November 15, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new online interactive map which provides valuable information on all aspects of hunting and fishing adventures in the Mountain State is now available, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “I’m sure hunte... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Oct. 21-25
October 29, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 21, 2013: Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (C&R) Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Run Gl... FULL STORY

Trappers and Hunters Must Tag Furbearers
October 27, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s trapping season will open Nov. 2, 2013. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher, and otter are reminded they must present the whole animal or pelt to a game checking station or Division of Natural Resources (DNR) representative within 30 days after the c... FULL STORY

2013 Wild Boar Archery and Firearms Seasons Open
October 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wild boar archery season opened Oct. 12 and will run through Dec. 31. The firearms season will open Oct. 26 and run through Nov. 2, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). These seasons are open to West Virginia residents only. To... FULL STORY

Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet
October 24, 2013

ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2013 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 25 and 26, operating out of Stonewall Resort State Park near Weston in Lewis County. This will be the seventh year for the fundraising event that presents the proceeds to the Hunters Helping the Hun... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Oct. 14-18
October 22, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Oct. 14, 2013: Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Run Glade Creek of New River Knapps Creek Lost River New ... FULL STORY

Area Roads Open to Hunters With Disabilities
October 20, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia, and on selected wildlife management areas, according t... FULL STORY

Big Game Harvest to be Checked
October 14, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With the opening of a variety of hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds successful big game hunters that they must field tag and transport their deer, bear, turkey or boar to a Natural Resources Police Officer or o... FULL STORY

Special Antlerless Deer Season
October 12, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters there is a split, three-day, special antlerless deer season for youth, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ), and senior citizens (Class XS) scheduled for this fall. The first segment of this season is O... FULL STORY

2013 Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 15
October 11, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 2013 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of Oct. 14 (Monday the 14th is a state holiday) and Oct. 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section. Approximately... FULL STORY

WV Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook Available
October 2, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2013 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook is available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ website and will be available soon at DNR offices across the state, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief for the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Since 1971, the Wildlif... FULL STORY

Public Shooting Range to Reopen
September 27, 2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The public shooting range located on Pedlar Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Monongalia County will reopen Sept. 27, 2013, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The range will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday ... FULL STORY

Archery in the Schools Instructor Training
September 25, 2013

Oct. 15 deadline to register for training CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program Oct. 29 and 30 at George Washington High School, accord... FULL STORY

Ask Questions of Those Claiming To Be Agents
September 23, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – With school back in session and fall sports seasons in full swing, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office is warning athletes and athletic directors to be wary of people who approach them claiming to be agents. Athletic directors across West Virginia will soon be r... FULL STORY

Shooting Exhibitions to be showcased
September 20, 2013

ROANOKE, W.Va. - Archery and shotgun shooting exhibitions will be showcased at the 2013 West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Resort State Park Sept. 28 and 29. Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting (GBX) from Minnesota will be doing one show a day ... FULL STORY

DNR to Open New Dents Run Shooting Range
September 10, 2013

Dedication Ceremony Sept. 13, Open to the Public Sept. 14 FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The newest West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) public shooting range will be dedicated at noon Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro. The public is invited to attend ... FULL STORY

Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days
September 8, 2013

ROANOKE, W.Va. - Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County will host West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days Sept. 28-29, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, w... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island is Coach's Choice
September 2, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The Ohio Valley University has announced the annual OVU Fighting Scots Invitational cross country meet and the inaugural Debby Jamison 5K run/walk is set for Friday, September 6, 2013, at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. “The unique location of Blenner... FULL STORY

Small Game Hunting and Trapping Opportunities
August 31, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Small game hunting in West Virginia is scheduled to begin with the opening of the one-day youth squirrel season September 7, 2013, followed by the opening of the statewide squirrel season September 14, 2013. “Squirrel season is very popular with many West Vi... FULL STORY

Big Buck Contest Begins with Bow Season
August 29, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The September 28 opening of the bow hunting season for deer marks the beginning of the annual West Virginia Big Buck Contest. Antlered deer, taken between September 28 and December 31, 2013, are eligible to be scored and entered. “Any hunter who bags a deer i... FULL STORY

West Virginia’s Deer and Bear Archery Seasons
August 27, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013 archery seasons for white-tailed deer and black bear open on Saturday, September 28. The bear archery season is a split season (September 28-November 23 and December 9 - December 31). The deer archery season runs through December 31. Thi... FULL STORY

Squirrel Season Begins
August 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The 2013 West Virginia hunting seasons begin soon, and the popular squirrel hunting season begins in less than a month. The statewide squirrel season will open on Saturday, September 14, 2013, following the one-day youth squirrel season on September 7, 2013. ... FULL STORY

Applications Accepted for McClintic WMA Duck Blind
August 24, 2013

September 6 Deadline to Apply POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. – Waterfowl hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station in the controlled waterfowl hunting zone of McClintic Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located near Point Pleasant, must submit their applications by September 6, 2013, a... FULL STORY

100th Birthday Celebration of Lewis D’Antoni
August 23, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. – Long-time high school basketball coach and Twin Falls State Park golfer Lewis D'Antoni becomes a centenarian this New Year’s Eve. Weather conditions in December generally are not conducive to golf play, so a Labor Day weekend 100th birthday celebration golf tournament is planned at ... FULL STORY

WANTED: West Virginia Trophy Fish and Big Bucks
August 21, 2013

ROANOKE, W.Va. - If you have a legally harvested and mounted West Virginia big buck trophy, or if you have a trophy fish caught from West Virginia waters, it’s wanted for the Big Buck/Trophy Fish Display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 28-29, 2013, at S... FULL STORY

Canada Goose Season Opens September 2 in W.Va.
August 19, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013–2014 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide on September 2, 2013, with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section. The early season will end on Sept... FULL STORY

Seasons Set for Dove, Rail, Snipe and Woodcock
August 17, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2013-2014 hunting season dates for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe and Sora and Virginia rails have been set, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. These seasons are set within guidelines established ... FULL STORY

DNR to Conduct Deer Spotlight Surveys
August 2, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. - Over the next several weeks the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will again be conducting spotlight surveys throughout 36 counties to evaluate deer population densities, according to Game Management Supervisor Gary Foster. “The m... FULL STORY

First Tee Program at Canaan Valley State Park
July 25, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - Canaan Valley Resort State Park Golf Course will host a First Tee program Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, 2013, for children ages 5-14 interested in learning the lifetime sport of golf. Class size is limited and there is a fee of $30 per person for the two-day program. Age-based cl... FULL STORY

Applications Available for Antlerless Deer Season
July 20, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications for the 2013 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at license agents, all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) District Offices, Elkins Operations Center and South Charleston Headquarters, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR’s Wildli... FULL STORY

Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications
July 19, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from Nov. 25-Dec. 7, 2013 on private land in 19 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Gran... FULL STORY

2012 West Virginia Big Buck Contest Winners
July 13, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has announced the winners of the 2012 West Virginia Big Buck Contest, according to Gene Thorn, chairman of the West Virginia Big Buck Contest Review Committee. The contest is co-sponsored by WVDNR, Izaak Walton League ... FULL STORY

Memorial Hikes
July 7, 2013

HILLSBORO, W.Va. – Three hikes are scheduled at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Pocahontas County to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle that occurred there November 6, 1863. Park Superintendent Mike Smith has scheduled the hikes to follow the routes tha... FULL STORY

Applications Available for Special Deer Hunt
July 4, 2013

GREEN BANK, W.Va. - The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, W.Va, has announced that applications are now available and are being accepted for the special resident-only controlled deer hunt at the NRAO site. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the... FULL STORY

Controlled Deer Hunts on Two W.Va. State Parks
July 3, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two controlled deer hunts are scheduled in November 2013 at two of West Virginia’s state parks: Blennerhassett Island in Wood County and Stonewall Resort in Lewis County near Weston. The Blennerhassett Island hunt dates are November 12 and November 14, 2013. Dates at Stonew... FULL STORY

“New to Mountain Biking?” Workshops
July 2, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – Mountain Biking is a popular outdoor pursuit that anyone who rides a bicycle can master, and North Bend State Park is offering two summer weekend workshops to teach the skills needed. “When I first learned to ride a bike it took a little help to get started,” said Ken Z... FULL STORY

Preparations Underway for National Scout Jamboree
July 1, 2013

Tomblin takes proactive steps ensuring the health and safety of participants and residents CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In preparation for the National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation enabling the rapid deployment, if nec... FULL STORY

Tomblin Recognizes Two West Virginia Golfers
June 30, 2013

Junior golfers to play in Pro-Am among the professionals WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today recognized two W.Va. junior golfers, who are participating alongside the professional golfers during the practice rounds and Pro-Am of the PGA Tour FedEx Cup event at The Greenbrier.... FULL STORY

Tomlinson Run XC Mountain Bike Challenge
June 29, 2013

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. - A West Virginia MTB State Championship and USA Cycling MTB National's Qualifier is scheduled for June 30 at Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County. The ABRA Mountain Series is presented by Pathfinder of Morgantown, W.Va. The Tomlinson Run mountain bike cour... FULL STORY

Red, White and Blue Golf Scramble
June 28, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley State Park’s golf course is celebrating Independence Day by hosting a Red White and Blue Golf Scramble tournament, Thursday, July 4. The activity is open to any golfer at this Tucker County travel destination. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is an 18-hol... FULL STORY

Fishing Regulation Proposal Public Meeting
June 27, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is hosting a public meeting to receive comments on proposed fishing regulation changes at Stonewall Jackson Lake on July 11, 2013, according to Bret Preston, Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. A catch-and-rele... FULL STORY

State Record Skipjack Caught in Mason County
June 10, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A state record skipjack was caught by Zachary Hankins of Chesapeake, Ohio on May 7. Hankins caught the 19.21-inch, 2.64-pound fish on a crappie jig while fishing from a boat below the R.C. Byrd Lock and Dam tailwater on the Ohio River in Mason County. Hankins’ skipjack... FULL STORY

Summersville Lake Tailwater Trout Stocking
June 8, 2013

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association (WVPRO) stocked 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River on June 5. The goal of the stocking is to enhance t... FULL STORY

Free Fishing Weekend is June 8-9
June 7, 2013

Event part of National Fishing and Boating Week SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- National Fishing and Boating Week 2013 will be highlighted by the 23rd annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 8-9, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. During these two days, residen... FULL STORY

Schools Awarded Live Positively Fitness Centers
June 5, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld today announced the winners of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils' National Champion Schools campaign-Stratton Elementary School in Beckley, Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling and Southside K-8 in War... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 27-31
June 3, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked with trout the week of May 27, 2013: Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Pa... FULL STORY

Spec”Tackle”lar Fish & Friends Activities
June 1, 2013

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Free fishing days in West Virginia are Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Cacapon State Park encourages families and friends to visit the park for fishing or other recreation at this Morgan County destination. Cacapon is one of five state parks with stocked catfish tagged... FULL STORY

Hank Ellis Bobcat Open Golf Classic Set
May 29, 2013

Now is the chance to become an active supporter for student-athletes and their futures. The Hank Ellis Bobcat Open Golf Classic, sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, is set for Monday, June 24 at The Stonewall Resort. Registration is noon-12:30 p.m. with shotgun start to immediately follow... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest 10,974 Spring Turkeys
May 26, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2013 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 10,974 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s harvest represents a 32 percent... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 20-24
May 25, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 20, 2013: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Creek (Logan) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Cl... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 13 - 17
May 21, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 13, 2013: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Berwind Lake Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Castlemans ... FULL STORY

State Record Rainbow Trout Caught in Berkeley Co
May 20, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state record rainbow trout was recently caught by Tony Corbin of Gerrardstown, W.Va., according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Corbin caught the 30.5-inch, 17.31-pound fish from a private pond in Berkeley County on May 2, 2013. He caught... FULL STORY

NOAA’s Latest Mobile App Provides Free Charts
May 20, 2013

Public is invited to try beta version of MyNOAACharts As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new mobile application that allows users to download NOAA nautical charts and editions of the U.S. Coast Pilot. The app,... FULL STORY

New Sporting Clays Facility Opening
May 17, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – A new sporting clays five stand clay target field is set to open in West Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort State Park during Memorial Day weekend. “The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley ... FULL STORY

Anglers and Boaters Asked to Help Protect Waters
May 15, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking anglers and boaters to help prevent the movement of Asian carp and other invasive species into West Virginia waters, according to WVDNR Director Frank Jezioro. Aquatic invasive species pose threats to important recr... FULL STORY

Catchable Channel Catfish to be Stocked by WVDNR
May 13, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be stocking more than 10,000 catchable-size channel catfish during the week of May 13, according to Frank Jezioro, DNR director. This popular program provides fishing opportunities at popular and accessible lakes across the st... FULL STORY

New Sporting Clays Facility Opening
May 11, 2013

Ribbon Cutting set for May 17, 11 a.m. DAVIS, W.Va. – A new sporting clays five stand clay target field is set to open in West Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort State Park during Memorial Day weekend. “The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outd... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 29 – Ma
May 4, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 29, 2013: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Beech Fork Tailwaters Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Fork (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Camp Creek Castlemans Run Lake Cherry River Clear ... FULL STORY

Catfish Stockings Begin Mid-May
May 1, 2013

Angler Rewards Possible at West Virginia State Parks PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Catfish stocking begins in mid-May in West Virginia, and that provides another opportunity to encourage youth and families to get outdoors. Others include Kids to Parks Day on May 18, National Get Outdoors Da... FULL STORY

State Park Offers Introduction To Mountain Biking
April 30, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – Mountain biking is an outdoor pursuit that anyone can master who rides a bicycle. “And like when you first learned to ride a bike, for some it takes a little push to get started,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County, W.Va. The park is offer... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 22-26
April 27, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 22, 2013: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Bear Rocks Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Boley Lake Buckhannon River Buckhannon River (rail stocking) Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 15-19
April 22, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 15, 2013: Anthony Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Castlemans Run Lake Cherry River Chief Logan Pond Clear Fo... FULL STORY

Road Bowling Events at WV State Parks
April 22, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An outdoor sport linked to Civil War times, Irish Road Bowling is scheduled at Kanawha State Forest, Saturday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. Registration starts near the restrooms across from Rattlesnake Hollow at 12:30 p.m. IRB event starts at 1:30 p.m. For more information about Irish R... FULL STORY

Spring Gobbler Season Opens
April 19, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources encourages all spring gobbler hunters to get their turkey calls out and tuned up in preparation for the upcoming season opener. The four-week season begins Monday, April 22, and closes on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Hunters may ki... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 8-12
April 12, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 8, 2013: Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Beech Fork Tailwaters Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Blackwater River Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Clover R... FULL STORY

Three $100,000 Live PositivelyTM Awards
April 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today encouraged West Virginia public elementary and middle schools to apply for the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council's Fitness Center Grant as part of the youth fitness campaign announced earlier this month. The Foundation will select three... FULL STORY

“The Big Five”
April 9, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Pipestem, Cacapon, Twin Falls, Canaan, Stonewall. These “Big Five” of the West Virginia State Park golf scene have served countless local players and tourist destination golfers over the years. Their continuing appeal is a tribute to their designers. Geoffrey Cornish laid ou... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 1-5
April 6, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 1, 2013: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake Big Run Lake Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buffalo Creek (Brooke) Buffalo Creek (Logan) Buffalo Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Castlema... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 25-29
April 1, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 25, 2013: Anderson Lake Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Buckhannon River Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Chief Logan Pond Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Coopers Rock Lake Curtisville Lak... FULL STORY

New West Virginia Apprentice Hunting License
March 29, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Apprentice Hunting and Trapping License (Class AH) is now available online, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The license allows people to try hunting without completing a hunter education course. ... FULL STORY

Sprint for the Spectrum 5k
March 28, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s WE LEAD Children and Youth, in conjunction with Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, will hold a 5k walk/run to benefit the Special Olympics of Upshur County and Autism Speaks on Sunday, April 7. Participants will be splashed with a different color every kilometer of the race... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking
March 25, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 18, 2013: Anthony Creek Back Fork of Elk River Bear Rocks Lake Blackwater River Bullskin Run Burnsville Tailwaters Cacapon Park Lake Camp Creek Cherry River Conaway Run Lake Cranberry River Desert Fork Dry Fork (Tuc... FULL STORY

2012 West Virginia Big Game Bulletins Available
March 22, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2012 West Virginia Big Game Bulletin is available at Division of Natural Resources district offices, the Elkins operations center and on the agency’s website, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. The Big Game Bulletin supplies the ... FULL STORY

Annual State Archery in the Schools Tournament
March 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will host its Eighth Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 23, according to Krista Snodgrass, Program Coordinator. The event will run from ... FULL STORY

WVDNR Trout Stockings
March 15, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked with trout by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources the week of March 11-15, 2013. Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Big Sandy Creek Blackwater River Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Buckha... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking
March 9, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 8, 2013: Anthony Creek Barboursville Lake Bear Rocks Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Cherry River Clear Fork of Guyandotte River Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (Catch & Release) Coonskin Pond (Children & Class Q) D... FULL STORY

West Virginia Fisheries to be featured on Outdoor
February 27, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More of West Virginia’s best fishing waters are scheduled to be showcased on episodes of the Outdoor Channel’s program, “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming.” The 2013 season premiere, which aired Jan. 1, featured trout fishing at Pipestem Resort State Park. “Fly Rod Chron... FULL STORY

WV Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program
February 22, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces that the spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop at North Bend State Park will be April 19-21, 2013. Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but have never had the opportunity to try? Or, have... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking
February 15, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of February 11, 2013: Back Fork of Elk River Bear Rocks Lake Blackwater River Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Burnsville Tailwaters Camp Creek Conaway Run Lake Curtisville Lake Deer Creek (Pocahontas) Desert Fork Dog Run L... FULL STORY

Archery in the Schools Instructor Training
February 11, 2013

FLATWOODS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program April 9 and 10 at Mid-State Archery in Flatwoods, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator. Since its i... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking
February 8, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of February 4, 2013: Anawalt Lake Anthony Creek Berwind Lake Big Clear Creek Brandywine Lake Brushy Fork Lake Bullskin Run Cacapon Park Lake Cherry River Clear Fork of Guyandotte Clover Run Deer Creek (Nicholas) Dillons Run ... FULL STORY

West Virginia DNR Announces Public Meetings
February 7, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2013 hunting regulations for white-ta... FULL STORY

Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race
February 7, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Design and construct a person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled that can withstand the descent down the Blackwater Falls Sled Run during the Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race February 23. “In an era of high tech and prefab equipment, we’re relying on ingenuity, creativity, and the b... FULL STORY

DNR Announces Changes
February 6, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has several changes for the current trout stocking season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. Trout stocking of Laurel Fork of Holly River in Webster County will be delayed as a resu... FULL STORY

Trapping and Hunting Seasons End Soon
February 3, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sportsmen are reminded that various trapping seasons and small game hunting seasons will end soon, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The trapping season for fisher ends on January 31, 2013. The hunting and trapping seasons for red and gray fo... FULL STORY

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 1, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event for bird watchers from novice to notable ornithologists. “For four days anyone can count and identify birds in their backyard, or in my case at Pipestem State Park, submit the information online and have our West Virg... FULL STORY

West Virginia's Late Season Hunting Opportunities
February 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Late winter presents an often-overlooked opportunity for hunters in the Mountain State, according to Jeff McCrady, district wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Rabbit, grouse, fox, bobcat and raccoon are in season through the end of Febr... FULL STORY

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
January 25, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – A proclamation declaring January as “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” has been signed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and the heavy snows predicted for this weekend make it a great opportunity to do just that, according to Lisa Ratliff at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. “We are expect... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of January 14-18
January 18, 2013

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of January 14, 2013: Blackwater River East Fork Greenbrier River Krodel Lake Laurel Fork (Randolph) Lick Creek Pond Little River East Fork Greenbrier River Little River West Fork Greenbrier River Middle Wheeling Cre... FULL STORY

Hunters Harvest a Record 2,683 Black Bears
January 16, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,683 black bears during the combined 2012 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2012 seasons was 34... FULL STORY

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,233 Fall Turkeys
January 15, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary figures for the 2012 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,233 turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The 2012 harvest was four percent higher than the 1,186 bi... FULL STORY

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 131,444 Deer in 2012
January 14, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 131,444 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resou... FULL STORY

West Virginia Lands Trophy Promotional Opportunity
January 2, 2013

South Charleston, W.Va. – The bounty and variety of West Virginia’s trout fishing is one of the latest tools the state is using to hook the interest of business executives. The state will be featured on the Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The We... FULL STORY

New State Record -Yellow Perch
January 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The new state weight record for yellow perch now belongs to Joshua Wayne Estes of Hurricane, W.Va., according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. Estes caught the 14.5-inch, 1.93-pound fish at Summersville Lake in Nicholas County on December 1, ... FULL STORY

“First Day” Hikes at West Virginia State Parks
December 14, 2012

Resolve to get outside more often during the New Year SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four areas in the West Virginia state park system will offer First Day Hikes on January 1, 2013. It is West Virginia’s invitation to get outdoors as one of the 50 state park systems participating in the America’s Sta... FULL STORY

2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar Correction
December 13, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar has an error that hunters need to note, according to Curtis Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. In 2013, the buck gun season will begin on November 25, not on Novemb... FULL STORY

Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 56,173 Bucks
December 10, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,173 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 19 through December 1, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Vi... FULL STORY

Archery in the Schools Instructor Training
November 28, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program January 29 and 30 at Charleston First Church of the Nazarene, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordina... FULL STORY

Jackson Resigns as Wesleyan’s Football Coach
November 12, 2012

Jonas Jackson has resigned as head football coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Jackson has served as the Bobcats head coach for the past two seasons. “We are grateful for the contributions Jonas has provided to our program for the past four years,” said West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Dire... FULL STORY

Deer, Bear and Wild Boar Archery Seasons to Open
September 26, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2012 archery seasons for deer and bear open on September 29, and the wild boar archery season opens on October 13. While the wild boar and traditional deer archery seasons remain about the same as last year, the bear archery season begins earlier and closes... FULL STORY

Big Game Harvest to be Checked
September 26, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of a variety of hunting seasons quickly approaching, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds big game hunters that successful hunters must field tag and transport their deer, bear, turkey and wild boar to a Natural Resources Police Officer o... FULL STORY

Tenmile To Sago
March 12, 2012

May 26, 2011 Buckhannon river, Tenmile to Sago section, running at 9.2 feet FULL STORY

High Quality Bike Ride 9/15/09 Buckhannon WV
March 12, 2012

High Quality Bike Ride 9/15/09 Buckhannon WV FULL STORY

Coaches Corner 1 Baseball 2010
March 12, 2012

Coaches Corner 1 Baseball.mpg Randy Tenney interview in 2010 FULL STORY

Kayaking Upper Buckhannon River / Beans Mill
March 12, 2012

One of my first river runs( complete with hilarious sound effects) Just a fun video FULL STORY

WVWC - 2009 - 2010 Men's Basketball HighlightS
March 25, 2012

WVWC - 2009 - 2010 WVWC Men's Basketball HighlightS FULL STORY