The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


  • Taking you on the trail not taken

    Once I had a good friend that would relate many of the things that we deal with in life to the realm of the outdoor world. Hunting, fishing, trapping, and boating all served as a backdrop for his often earthy observations. As I stumble into my advanced years I catch myself doing the same thing.

    February 27, 2014

  • How cold is too cold for hunters?

    I was never one to trust a groundhog. Asking a rodent to forecast the weather is about like calling your grandmother to ask if her hip hurts to determine if it’s going to rain. Nonetheless, it appears spring is on its way and winter is finally losing its icy grip. 

    February 23, 2014

  • A grouse hunt before the next snowstorm

    Old man winter has definitely made his presence known around here so far this year. Last week, the first real heavy, deep, snow fell covering the hills and hollows with up to almost two feet in some places. Needless to say, it’s been hard to do anything outdoors other than shovel out.

    February 23, 2014

  • Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

    In another month or so, I’ll be listening for several familiar sounds as I walk the woods. One will be the low muffled drumbeat of a displaying ruffed grouse, a cryptically colored, crested, chicken-like woodland bird. Sometimes I think I feel the drumming more than hear it.

    February 23, 2014

  • Here’s the ‘hole’ story: Nest boxes will bring in a variety of songbirds

    I know it seems like this winter will never end, but days are getting longer, and just a few days ago, I finally saw blue sky and felt the warmth of sunshine.

    February 16, 2014

  • Sportsmen now don’t have to travel for quality jerky

    Ask just about any sportsmen if they like jerky, and the answer will most certainly be yes. Perhaps it’s because it keeps well in the field, is considered a dandy survival food or maybe it’s simply because it tastes good — well, some jerky tastes good. 

    February 16, 2014

  • Southern trip beats cabin fever

    With the colder than normal temperatures and frozen rivers and lakes, fishing has been out of the question lately.

    February 9, 2014

  • Hibernation a good way to escape winter

    Hibernation seems the perfect way to deal with extreme winter weather. When temperatures dip 10 degrees below zero with minus-25-degree wind chills, as they have this winter, I admire wildlife that are adapted to extreme winter weather.

    February 9, 2014

  • State hunters often pass on young bucks

    A recent report came across my desk this week that I found particularly interesting about a trend that appears to be occurring in the sport of deer hunting — passing on young bucks and opting for older, mature bucks. 

    February 9, 2014

  • Magazine lures a flood of memories

    A few days ago, while searching for a simple chapter book to accompany me across the country and help to curb the boredom of airports and airplanes, I stumbled across it. The “Bass Pro Shops Master Catalog” was mixed in with the other books on the shelf that holds my collection of outdoor titles. 

    February 2, 2014

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