The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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  • You may know more bird songs than you think

    Early migrants began returning several weeks ago. Turkey vultures, killdeer, and phoebes were probably as befuddled by the late winter weather as we were. But by early April, we should be safe from any more extended cold snaps. And that means the parade of returning migratory birds will accelerate every week.

    March 30, 2014

  • 033014 Coats.jpg Old hunting dogs still have the passion, so take them with you

    “Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.”
    — Sydney Jeanne Seward

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 032314 Chris Ellis.jpg Sportsmen, the DNR wants your comments

    Attention, sportsmen. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources wants your comments about the recent proposed regulation changes for hunting, fishing and trapping for the upcoming years.

    March 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Reflecting on how I almost missed spring

    After an absence of two weeks, I’m back. Because I heard from so many of you (thank you for the cards and e-mails), I thought an explanation was in order.

    March 22, 2014

  • We’ll tell our grandchildren about this crazy winter

    The winter of 2014 has been a cold and snowy one for sure and I’m wondering if it’s ever going to stop. It’s really put a damper on my outdoor activities and I’m starting to get cranky. I can see years from now telling our grandchildren about the winter of 2014 and how bad it was. About how we had to walk through snow in below-zero temperatures just to make it to school … Wait a minute, that’s not this generation as they hardly ever go to school anymore let alone walk to it.  Especially this winter!

    March 22, 2014

  • LBL The king of the LBL

    Sometimes in life, we as hunters and fishermen are blessed to meet someone on the trail who is a real gem, someone you know from the start is going to be a friend, one of your crew, a brother in camo.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • crocus Remember to wipe your feet

    Some people love the idea of daylight saving, while others find it simply disrupting and confusing.

    March 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • The promise of Spring

    When we first stepped into the woods Tuesday morning I knew you could tell it was coming, the past months have been long and hateful, but the promise that we have cannot be denied. Like the cottontail that runs in his circle as the beagles plead with us to be ready, it is not here yet, but it is coming. The line of geese we saw in the evening, headed due north, said the same thing:  Not yet, but it’s coming. As outdoorsmen we stand with our brothers everywhere, steeped in our anticipation of all that is to come, the promises that have been bestowed to us and handed down for generations.

    March 13, 2014

  • 030914 Ellis 1.jpg Turkey-hunting proving a lifetime pursuit

    I started hunting turkeys when I was in high school. Back then, my passion for hunting was almost entirely consumed by bow hunting until I was introduced to the sport of turkey hunting by a friend. My friend had no clue how to hunt turkeys but he was extremely dedicated to figuring it out — and so was I.

    March 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Enjoying a late-season rabbit hunt

    Late-season hunting opportunities have been few and far between with the winter we’ve been having. The last weekend of February, the temperatures finally warmed up enough to thaw things out. With a break in the weather my buddy Jason invited me along for a rabbit hunt before the season ended.

    March 9, 2014

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