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  • Hellgrammites are ugly and mean, but superb bait

    Unless you live under a rock, like a hellgrammite, and you are a fisherman, you have heard of this insect and know of its importance in the fishing world. If you fish a river in North America, especially for smallmouth bass, or maybe trout, you know what an important bait this denizen of the underwater world is.

    May 24, 2014

  • 051814 Turkey Tracks.jpg Turkeys are getting last laugh

    Being the head of a household is hard enough, but having every occupant of the house thinking you’re nuts makes things even harder.

    May 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 051814 CUR DAWG PAINTING.jpg ‘Cur dog’ brings out the best in problem kid

    “Hey boy, that there is a Cur dog,” Raymond Taylor said when they stepped into his shed. Under the workbench, on a pile of old rags and newspapers lay a canine visitor he had never seen before. It was a little female and she slowly got to her feet and took two steps from under the bench. She looked up at them, but with head down like she had been caught doing something wrong.

    May 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brown-headed cowbirds are lousy parents

    When I walked to my office this morning, I noticed a female brown-headed cowbird perched high atop the tallest tree in the yard. For 10 minutes she surveyed the surrounding area. With binoculars, I could tell she was scanning in every direction. She was looking for her next victim.

    May 17, 2014

  • Shady archery team set to shoot in world championships

    John Judy has been shooting a bow for 32 years, and even he didn’t see this coming.

    May 15, 2014

  • Loading up for one final push

    So by now you think that you are getting a little tired. The spring gobbler season has been in for 17 days, and you are actually thinking about quitting. So what if you fell asleep at work for the third time this week and then you pulled into your driveway and couldn’t remember where you were? Now, my turkey huntin’ brother, I am going to be a little hard on you, but this is for your own good. You have only hunted seven days since the season opened, and you are ready to sleep in and then get up and watch Dr. Phil? Shame, shame.

    May 14, 2014

  • Sunday hunting could be set for change

    As of today, there are 14 counties open for Sunday hunting on private lands in West Virginia. The counties are Boone, Brooke, Clay, Hancock, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Marshall, Mingo, Ohio, Wayne, Wetzel and Wyoming counties. Hunters must have written permission of the landowner, and hunting is prohibited on any Sunday preceding the Monday opening of a big game season (deer, bear, turkey or boar).

    May 11, 2014

  • A strutting, gobbling spring gobbler

    Hunting, no matter what game species you’re after, usually comes down to being in the right place at the right time.

    May 11, 2014

  • Nesting birds are establishing their territory

    Almost overnight the old field below the house has greened up, and birds have set up nesting territories. Bluebirds were the first to lay eggs because the nest box protects the eggs from the elements. Within just a few weeks, however, field sparrows, indigo buntings, white-eyed vireos, and cardinals have also established territories.

    May 11, 2014

  • Turkeys, coffee and sleep deprivation

    Do you really think that having eight hours of sleep every night is necessary? Don’t you figure some scientist somewhere doing a study tells us this because it sounds good and maybe he is working on the side for Mattress Company? Yeah, that’s what I thought too. The people telling us this are definitely not turkey hunters.

    May 8, 2014

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