The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Outdoors

Outdoors
  • Some gift ideas for sportsmen

    Unlike some of the retail giants that started playing Christmas music right after Halloween and officially skipped Thanksgiving for holiday shopping purposes, I’ve decided to let the spirit of the holiday season be shared at a more appropriate time.

    December 14, 2013

  • FeederWatch can predict a birder’s winter

    It’s time for another season of Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s premier citizen science opportunity sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology.

    December 14, 2013

  • 120813 Ferguson.jpg A very thankful Thanksgiving

    Let’s see, where to begin. First, we have to rewind to last year to start this story.

    December 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • 120813 Ellis.jpg Go deer hunting before the season ends

    The two-week buck hunting season in West Virginia has ended. The first week of the season is the most popular hunting time in our neck of the woods and one many sportsmen fill with traditions from the past. 

    December 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Snowy owl invasion is under way

    Nothing gets birders more excited than widespread reports of unusual birds. They jump in their cars, drive hundreds of miles, and hope to spot a “life bird.” Sometimes they are successful. Sometimes they are not. It’s all part of the thrill of birding.

    December 8, 2013

  • 120113 Ellis.jpg Re-living the big moment

    My brother and I have hunted Thanksgiving week together since we were children. In fact, when we first started hunting I was too young to carry a gun for the first few seasons. My job back then was to sit quietly alongside him watching patiently for a buck to wander into our view. Rarely did we even see a deer. 

    December 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Good books make great holiday gifts

    For the nature lovers on your holiday gift list, a good book is always appreciated. Here are a few titles I’ve recently discovered that any nature lover will enjoy.

    December 1, 2013

  • Some tips to help through gun season

    Monday is the start of the largest single-day sporting event in West Virginia — the opening day of firearm buck season. Tomorrow morning, droves of hunter orange-clothed participants will watch a new day being born in hopes that a trophy deer will wander by. Chances are you or someone in your household will be directly involved in the deer season or at least chances are you know someone who is. So when the contractor doesn’t show up to fix the leak in the basement or won’t return your calls, you’ll know why.

    November 23, 2013

  • Getting closer to that elusive 10-point buck

    I’ve been spending as much time as I can deer hunting since the rut has kicked in. It’s been a chess match waiting for the deer to make the next move. Up until a couple weeks ago, the deer — even the bucks — have been more concerned with feeding in the fields due to the lack of mast in the woods.

    November 23, 2013

  • Predators as much a problem as hunters for deer

    As the deer gun season approaches, there’s a tendency to ignore predators as a factor that limits deer populations. And after reviewing deer harvest numbers released by several state wildlife agencies, it’s no wonder.

    November 23, 2013

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