Now that kids are home from school, get them outdoors and away from their electronics. Make this the summer of nature. Exploring fields, woods, and streams is a great way to spend quality time with your children. It just requires a few simple tools.

When it came to the three Rs of education — readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic — it is possible I may not have been known as a scholar. There are three other Rs I am a little more familiar with. Read more

Being a dad can be complicated. There are days we stand in victory formation for all the world to see while other days, well, aren’t the ones for the highlight reel. That’s simply part of it and being a dad is a wonderful part of life. To celebrate all things dad and to honor fatherhood, we … Read more

I’m often asked when and how I developed my interest in nature. The “when” is easy. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved animals of all kinds. As soon as I learned to read, I’d spend hours with encyclopedias and any other books that included pictures and stories about animals. Read more

I never really was one for fishing, at least not consistently. That aside, I did enjoy when the local lake had a kids fish free day. Maybe it was the free sandwich and bag of chips they gave us, or maybe it was the switch from the norm of stuffing my face in a Gameboy, but I always enjoyed t… Read more

Don’t ask me why, but lately I have been thinking about catfish. That’s right, catfish — those whiskered denizens of a lot of our local lakes and rivers. We have talked about catfish here before, but I felt it was time for another little heart-to-heart about these misunderstood and tasty fish. Read more

For those of us who cherish the outdoor lifestyle, there are moments throughout the year that we simply look forward to. These moments, often not planned, remind us of something prior in our world that invokes joy. Although we may know roughly the season or time of year, the actual day the m… Read more

ambi didn’t do us any favors. In the 1942 animated film produced by Walt Disney, there was lots of beauty and wonder, and plenty of giggles for the kids and cuteness by the truckload. I saw it as a kid and I am betting that most of you reading this did, too. Read more

Arguments with subjective answers always tend to be our favorite types of arguments. In sports, several that you hear include which player is better, which is a better team and these arguments span across generations. Despite the fact you’ll likely never come to a conclusion that is supporte… Read more

charleston — Gov. Jim Justice has contacted the White House and representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to request aid in protecting elk being held in a five-acre holding pen at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan County. Read more

In a news release the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds people to “leave young wildlife alone.” Each spring as the woods and trees green up, many wildlife species give birth. The forests around us abound with new life during this time of the year. Read more

One of the great aspects of this job is the travel. Since coming aboard I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places such as Wheeling, Parkersburg and throughout the Kanawha Valley. It’s served as a nice geography lesson, although I have yet to travel to the Eastern Panhandle. Read more

Well, the numbers are in and it’s official. It’s time for all of us turkey hunters, successful or not, to read them and weep. Numbers don’t lie but then again, sometimes they don’t tell the whole truth. Here is the reality: West Virginia’s 2018 spring turkey harvest was largest in 15 years. Read more

Fayette County has long served as a hotbed for outdoor sports and recreation. Whether it be rafting or canoeing, or even out-of-state organizations such as the Spartan Race setting up shop, there’s never been a shortage of opportunities and activities for outdoors enthusiasts to take part in.  Read more

There is no doubt, West Virginia has a lot of bears. Our state animal really likes our state, and this time of year they roam around in search of a snack after a long winter’s nap in their dens. The woods can be a lean place for food until the summer’s sun grows plants, berries and other foo… Read more

I spit out the diaphragm call and rubbed two mosquitos off my forehead. The gobbler had not made a sound for 30 minutes and I knew it was over for today. I turned and looked back at my hunting partner, Travis, and he gave me the palms upward, raised shoulders sign as if to say, “What the hec… Read more

As a group of individuals who are passion about our favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing, we collectively spend a great deal of our disposable income on gear. In fact, I have often been called a “gear hound.” And apparently, I’m not alone. Read more

The kingfisher is a crazy bird. They fly erratically, have a call which may be described as a cross between an injured chipmunk and pebbles on a tin roof, and they nest in a hole on a muddy riverbank. Kingfishers are noisy, flighty, beautiful and funny looking all at the same time and I love… Read more

The last time we checked in with Makayla Scott, the young shooter had her scope aimed at an incredible goal — qualifying for the Junior Olympics. Considering the adversity Scott has faced in her lifetime — the loss of a parent, a stint in the foster system before ultimately being adopted by … Read more

It may have been the luckiest turkey hunt I have ever been on. In fact, looking back at it now, I still can’t believe it turned out that well. Read more

Sometimes bird names can be confusing. For example, not all blue birds are bluebirds. Indigo buntings and blue jays are blue birds, but they are not bluebirds like the beloved cavity-nesting eastern bluebird. Read more

We’ve finally arrived at the point of the year where we believe we can expect warm weather. The upcoming week projects highs above 60 degrees, while rain could put a damper on any outdoors activities, but rejoice, the freezing weather is behind us.  Read more

Last week a reader wrote, “Scott, I recently read a report that said the federal government killed 624,845 red-winged blackbirds, 357 gray wolves, and 69,041 adult coyotes last year.” That can’t be true, can it?” Read more

For us lucky ones who chase wild turkeys in the spring, it’s almost over. Let me rephrase that sentence to be more accurate. For those of us who chase wild turkeys in the spring, it’s halftime. Read more

The guy on the phone was pretty excited. “I can’t believe this!” he shouted into my bad ear, which is only slightly worse than the other one. “These raccoons have taken over my back yard, I can’t keep them out of my bird feeders, they won’t let my cats around their food bowls, and one of the… Read more

This past week I found myself deep in Texas along the southwestern border. Although the trip was work in nature, there was an offer to hunt turkeys. I couldn’t refuse and found myself poking around in the dark of a predawn morning in search of a gobbling turkey to chase. Read more

If my memory serves me right, this will be my 28th spring gobbler season. I bet if I had a warm place to sit in the sun, a comfortable chair and a quiet enough place to think on it, I could remember each and every one. Read more

Each week a new group of birds passes through the yard as they wing their way north. Some stay to nest, while others continue their journey. So far, I’ve welcomed killdeer, woodcock, phoebes, field sparrows, chipping sparrows, and purple finches. They are familiar old friends. I recognized e… Read more

In one week another spring gobbler season will begin. This time of the year the morning starts with waking up well before daylight and heading to a high ridgetop to listen for the first gobbler to sound off revealing his location. The bare woods of winter are starting to come back to life as… Read more

The daffodils were in bloom. The grass had little patches of new growth, making the winter-flattened front lawn look alive again and choppy. If you looked hard enough, you could see the trees pushing their buds out from their recently dormant limbs. The earth was warming and awaking more and… Read more


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