Field Notes

By the Numbers It’s that time of year again. Hunting season is mostly over and fishing season will have to wait for better days. Outdoorsmen congregate around the wood stoves and water...

Field Notes

The Department of Natural Resources has released its final numbers on the 2014 deer seasons and it reflects an across the board decline in all the harvests. The antlerless take was down by 30...

Field Notes

Bear season for 2015 is over and West Virginia hunters had another banner year, harvesting a record 3,195 bears. That number is up 34 percent over the 2014 total of 2,385 and 17 percent...

Field Notes

Congratulations are in order for Rick Hartzell, of Arbovale, for being named Wildlife Manager of the Year by the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.  He was presented the “Making...

Field Notes

Last week the rains finally arrived. The Observatory recorded more than three inches over the last six days which will go a long way toward jump-starting lawns and gardens. Spring migration is in full swing...

Camp Justice

A muddy two track led from the highway through pot-holed sods to narrow tree lined woods.  The rain and darkness limited the visibility to just a few yards.  After more than a mile, the...

Field Notes

The Naked Ladies and coneflowers are dominating the late summer flower gardens now, while the regal purple of the Ironweed reigns over the brushy bottoms and pastures. And recent cooler morning temperatures in...