Doves kick off new hunting season
The turning of the calendar from August to September is an important occasion for hunters. Last Monday, Labor Day, the unofficial start to the 2013 hunting season occurred. For many West Virginia hunters, the opener meant dove hunting.
The Beaverhead, Madison and Gallatin Rivers
Last week we were roaming around the Rocky Mountains near Dillon, Montana. We spent two days floating the Beaverhead River which can best be described as non-stop big fish catching action. Tara and I have grown to love the ‘Beav’ as it’s full of big brown and rainbow trout.
Black squirrels create ID problems
Love ’em or hate ’em, everyone knows squirrels. “Squirrels,” however, is a generic term. I use it here to refer to game species — gray, fox, and red squirrels. These are the three species of tree squirrels that most eastern state wildlife agencies recognize as game species.
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner Sept. 21
When thinking of an elk, it’s easy to paint a picture of the large beast roaming through the cliffs and canyons of the Rocky Mountains. But did you know that the elk was once native to the Mountain State?
Summer is time for reflection
This past week, summer arrived and brought to our neck of the woods hot and humid temperatures.
Please don’t bug the insects
Summer time is insect time. Unfortunately, stinging and biting species such as wasps and mosquitoes get most of our attention for all the wrong reasons.
Hunting has become more mainstream
As sportsmen, we live by an ethical code of conduct. We are taught by our mentors not to take our way of life for granted and to be aware of our actions as not to cause offense to others. In short, we are taught to behave in a manner as to not make a non-hunter into an anti-hunter.
Birding among outdoor passions
If you love the outdoors, there are probably some activities you like better than others. Maybe it’s trout fishing or deer hunting. My passion is birds. I love the spring migration when new species return almost daily.
Setting the record straight on rabbits
Thanks to cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, the rabbits we see in our backyards, eastern cottontails, are familiar to almost everyone. And yet I suspect that most people think they are rodents. They are not. Rabbits and hares are lagomorphs, members of the mammalian order Lagomorpha.
Fickle weather can wreck plans
Well, it’s officially spring. We have “sprung forward” into daylight saving time in hopes of long, sunny evenings to play and work outdoors in the glorious, warm rays of the sun. In return for our daily routines being altered by the time change, we are awarded with unpredictable weather and mud season — gee, thanks!
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