It's time to put up nest boxes
Last week, a day after the morning low temperature plunged to nine degrees, the sky cleared and the thermometer rebounded to 45 degrees. That balmy afternoon bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, and Carolina wrens sang with spring-like enthusiasm. It reminded me to get my nest boxes ready because all four species use boxes within 100 yards of my house.
Outdoor writing is challenging, fun
I work with the hunting and shooting media on a daily basis. Their requests can be as simple as fetching a photo or setting up an interview or as complex as getting people and gear into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Every day is different and the challenges of keeping up with the demands of those who choose to write outdoor stories for a living is what keeps the job fun and interesting.
It’s striped skunk mating season
Have you noticed a putrid smell in the air recently? Or why Pepe Le Pew is associated with love and Valentines Day? And most noticeably, more road killed skunks? The reason for all of the above is that right now is mating season for the striped skunks, which is the species most commonly found in West Virginia.
Hanging on until spring comes
I officially have cabin fever. The recent snows and cold weather have forced us to retreat indoors and for me, that’s not healthy. I have dog-eared all the hunting and fishing catalogs to the point the bindings are starting to come loose. To be honest, my bindings are showing a little wear too.
Black bear hunters set record in 2012
West Virginia bear hunters had a good year in 2012 as they set a new record with 2,683 bears taken. The previous record harvest was set in 2010, when 2,392 bears were taken statewide.
Red and gray foxes are very elusive
Last week I described the wary nature of the wily coyote. I hear coyotes often, but very seldom see them. The same can be said of red and gray foxes, though they are even more elusive. I never hear them, and only occasionally do I see a red fox trotting along the edge of the
Memories come in all shapes, sizes
This past week I had reservations for a mini-vacation in a one-room cabin in the mountains situated high atop the Gauley River. The cabin sat overlooking a fine forested vista and was very private. Although I never read the brochure for the cabin, I can only imagine it read something like this.
More to deer season than shooting a big buck
I love November as it’s the month for deer. The whole month revolves around strategizing and hunting deer. The testosterone is flowing high in rut-crazed bucks and you just never know when one is going to come running by.
Holiday Gift Ideas
Books always make great holiday gifts, especially for those who have everything. Here are a few recent titles that I recommend.
For the last several days, in which I have been cooped up because of the snow, there has been a monster living on my front porch.
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