Mallards on the pond: a beautiful sight
The telltale signs of fall arrived this week with the appearance of 14 Mallard ducks in the pond I can see from my office window. They seem perfectly content with their short-term home feeding in the shallows and resting sleepily during the day under the shade of the silver maple. I cherish their arrival every fall.
Early breeding makes life easier for some wildlife
In nature, timing is everything. Most animals give birth in the spring just as new sources of food become abundant. But for many species, the mating season begins much sooner.
Tickets remain for Elk fundraiser
Tickets are still available for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s fourth annual Southern West Virginia Big Game Banquet and Benefit Auction. The event will be held Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at the Tamarack Conference Center.
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.
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