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Your guide to lottery hunts in West Virginia

July 2nd, 2024

Lottery hunts provide hunters with unique hunting opportunities Each year, the WVDNR issues a limited number of permits for controlled deer ...

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Fishing adventures to help you plan the perfect West Virginia Day

May 29th, 2024

Celebrate West Virginia Day with a fishing trip to a state park lake or scenic float down a warmwater stream West Virginia Day is Thursday, ...

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Safe boating practices to help you enjoy West Virginia’s lakes and rivers

May 29th, 2024

Your guide to safe and fun boating adventures in Almost Heaven Whether you’re planning a leisurely day on one of West Virginia’s ser...

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5 cabin parks to visit for a fishing trip in June

May 29th, 2024

Popular parks with cabin amenities are perfect places to cast a line and connect with nature If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the cons...

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Discover the Beauty and Benefits of West Virginia’s Wild Yards Program

May 7th, 2024

Wild Yards improve wildlife habitat, save time and promote natural beauty Do you want to be part of a movement that helps native plants and ...

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Summer Fishing Guide: 5 West Virginia Lakes and Streams Worth Exploring

May 7th, 2024

Dive into a summer fishing adventure in #AlmostHeaven With thousands of miles of mountain streams, navigable rivers and numerous lakes and i...

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5 life jacket myths that can get you killed

April 30th, 2024

WVDNR examines common misconceptions about who needs a life jacket, how they fit and when they’re required When it comes to wearing a life...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Summer Boating Safety

April 30th, 2024

Navigate West Virginia’s rivers and lakes with these safe boating basics Are warm breezes and glistening sunlight beckoning you to get...

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Ultimate summer fishing guide for Tygart Lake

April 11th, 2024

Discover the best fishing spots, recommended gear and pro tips for an unforgettable adventure Whether you’re a seasoned angler tuned i...

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Pro tips to help you become a West Virginia Master Angler in 2024

April 5th, 2024

Complete six slams and receive West Virginia’s most prestigious fishing award So, you want to be a Master Angler? To earn your stripes, yo...

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Participate in wildlife conservation with these 4 WVDNR citizen science surveys

April 5th, 2024

Your collaboration will help biologists monitor the population of native species Have you ever wanted to be part of a team studying native w...

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7 bucket list items to help you celebrate West Virginia Gold Rush’s 7th year

March 26th, 2024

Plan the ultimate Gold Rush fishing trip and explore 68 of West Virginia’s most popular lakes and streams The West Virginia Gold Rush ...

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Cast a line at one of these 5 streams in West Virginia this spring

March 6th, 2024

Experience the essence of spring fishing at these Almost Heaven streams Spring brings a spirit of revival and fresh starts — not just for ...

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Spring gobbler season arrives April 15 in West Virginia

March 5th, 2024

Hunting safety tips, essential gear and best hunting locations to help you enjoy turkey hunting in West Virginia Spring is just around the c...

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WV DNR Police guide Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy Cadets on second annual deer hunt

January 5th, 2024

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) Police officers from District four and District six partnered with the Mountaineer Chall...

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Angler catches tagged trout – you won’t believe what happened next!

December 5th, 2023

There’s nothing more exciting than feeling a tug at the end of your line and reeling in a monster trout in West Virginia — except for ma...

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Buyer’s guide to 2024 hunting and fishing licenses in West Virginia

December 1st, 2023

Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or angler or a first-time explorer venturing into the world of hunting and fishing, your journey begi...

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Gift the Outdoors: WVDNR Holiday Gift Guide

November 21st, 2023

Need a little help finding a gift for the hunter, angler or outdoors lover in your family? To make your holiday shopping easier this year, w...

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Win Big with the Big Buck Photo Contest

November 17th, 2023

Whether you’ve hunted for decades or it’s your first time in the woods, this fall you can experience hunting in West Virginia’s beauti...

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Want to get your art featured in the WV Wildlife Calendar? Here’s how.

November 15th, 2023

If you’re an artist who’s painted popular game or fish species or other West Virginia wildlife such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamande...

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New Trout Stockings Coming to Elk River in Webster County!

November 13th, 2023

Nestled in the heart of West Virginia, the Elk River in Webster County is one of the best places for a trout fishing adventure and one of th...

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West Virginia Wildlife Calendar: The Ultimate Gift for Outdoor Enthusiasts

November 9th, 2023

Beat the holiday stress and surprise the outdoor lovers in your life with a gift that brings the beauty of West Virginia to their doorstep a...

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Your guide to fall trout fishing in West Virginia

October 13th, 2023

Tips, best fishing spots and helpful reminders to get you ready for your fall fishing adventures in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Whether yo...

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Your guide to fall turkey season in West Virginia

October 12th, 2023

Hunting safety tips and essential gear to help you enjoy turkey hunting in West Virginia. Get ready for fall hunting adventures! West Virgin...

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Tips to help you catch trout in West Virginia

October 11th, 2023

Catch native and stocked trout with these helpful tips from the WVDNR. When it comes to fishing, it doesn’t get much better than casting a...

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Survival Skills: Ten Things to do When Lost in the Woods

September 28th, 2023

The cool nights, crisp winds, and colorful foliage is a clear sign fall has descended upon the Mountain State. With the onset of this beauti...

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Why you need to buy RB/RRB stamps before the deer archery season

September 25th, 2023

The start of West Virginia’s 2023 deer archery season is Sept. 30, which means time is running out to purchase your hunting license and RB...

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Motorists should take extra caution while driving during fall months

September 18th, 2023

As fall arrives, the days get shorter, temperatures start to drop, leaves start to turn and white-tailed deer become a lot more active. That...

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Get a behind the scenes look at how the 2024 WV Wildlife Calendar was made

September 8th, 2023

The 2024 edition of the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available to purchase online at WVstateparks.com and at select retail locatio...

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WV State Wildlife Center turns 100! Celebrate Sept. 16.

August 29th, 2023

Nature enthusiasts and families, mark your calendars for September 16 as we celebrate a remarkable milestone: the 100th anniversary of the W...

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Nature Care: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

July 7th, 2023

With abundant wildlife, it’s not uncommon for people to cross paths with a wild animal in West Virginia, especially during the spring ...

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WVDNR, Trout Unlimited partnership rejuvenates WV streams

June 30th, 2023

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has a longstanding relationship with Trout Unlimited Chapters and its State Council in West ...

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Your Spring Fishing Guide to West Virginia

May 3rd, 2023

Tips, best fishing spots and helpful reminders to get you ready for your spring fishing adventures in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Whether ...

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Your guide to spring turkey season in West Virginia

April 13th, 2023

Hunting safety tips, essential gear and best hunting locations to help you enjoy turkey hunting in West Virginia It’s been a long wint...

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WVDNR announces top teams, archers for 18th Archery in the Schools state tournament

March 30th, 2023

More than 750 students from nearly 70 schools participated in the annual tournament. CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The West Virginia Division o...

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9 go-to lakes and streams to help you plan your Gold Rush trip

March 21st, 2023

Nine easy-to-access Gold Rush stocking locations where you can cast your line for a last minute trip. With 50,000 golden rainbow trout, 68 s...

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Wildlife Resources Report: Sectional Meetings

March 1st, 2023

2023 Sectional Meeting Regulation Proposals Questionnaire On this Feb. 15, 2023 edition of the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Report, Chris Lawren...

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Wildlife Resources Report: Deer Project

February 15th, 2023

On this Feb. 15, 2023 edition of the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Report, Chris Lawrence of WV Metro News talks to Brett Skelley about a study o...

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Archery in the Schools provides inclusive program for kids to learn valuable life skills

April 25th, 2022

After two years of not having an in-person state Archery in the Schools tournament to look forward to, students in West Virginia finally hav...

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French Creek Freddie Facts To Get You Ready For Groundhog Day

January 26th, 2022

You might know French Creek Freddie as West Virginia’s most popular weather-predicting groundhog, but do you know the story of how Fre...

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Five ways you can help protect wild woodland box turtles

November 30th, 2021

When was the last time you saw a box turtle in the wild? Did you, like so many of us, enjoy watching its slow, steady plod through the grass...

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WVDNR highlights habitat and stream restoration project in Monongahela Forest

November 24th, 2021

GLADY, W.VA. — More than 2,000 acres of wildlife habitat in the Monongahela National Forest is being restored thanks to a collaborative pr...

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What you can do to help West Virginia’s official butterfly

November 5th, 2021

The next time you notice a monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings rimmed with white dots, take a good long appreciativ...

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40,700 pounds of trout stocked in 38 waters throughout West Virginia

November 3rd, 2021

The year might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of fish to catch in West Virginia. In October, we stocked more than 40,000 po...

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Updated license system makes buying license and checking game easier

November 1st, 2021

Buying a hunting and fishing license and checking game in West Virginia just got a lot easier thanks to our upgraded electronic licensing an...

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Second split of WV’s fall turkey season to open Oct. 25

October 22nd, 2021

West Virginia’s second split of the fall wild turkey hunting season will open in select counties on Oct. 25. The first fall season, which ...

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2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar available to purchase

October 21st, 2021

In advance of the holiday shopping season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusi...

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Trout stockings return to West Virginia lakes and streams Oct. 18

October 14th, 2021

Don’t pack up your fishing gear just yet. Fall trout stockings return to nearly 40 lakes and streams around the state starting Oct. 18...

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West Virginia’s archery/crossbow seasons start Sept. 25. Get ready with this preseason checklist.

September 20th, 2021

If you’ve spent the last few weeks anxiously waiting for the fall hunting seasons to start, your patience is about to be rewarded because ...

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WV State Parks reconstructing original gateway entrance at Coopers Rock

September 17th, 2021

An iconic wooden gateway that welcomed visitors to Coopers Rock State Forest in the 40s and 50s is being reconstructed as part of a series o...

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WVDNR encourages private landowners to apply for Wild Yard certification

August 27th, 2021

In an effort to create more natural habitat for wildlife around the state, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is encouraging la...

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WV State Parks announces return of guided elk viewing tours at Tomblin WMA

August 25th, 2021

Wildlife enthusiasts and outdoor lovers who want a chance to see the Mountain State’s growing elk herd up close and in a natural setti...

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WVDNR installs migratory animal tracking system at Hanging Rock

July 30th, 2021

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists have installed a radio telemetry station at the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Mo...

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WVDNR surveys Gandy Creek to assess weekly trout numbers

June 15th, 2021

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources recently surveyed Gandy Creek to assess trout numbers in one of the state's most popular fis...

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New West Virginia Wildlife Center biologist ready for busy summer

June 14th, 2021

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center has a new resident biologist and while he’s only been on the job for a few months he already has s...

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WVDNR partners with Toyota to promote pollinator conservation

June 9th, 2021

Private landowners in the Kanawha Valley had a hands-on opportunity to learn how to create a pollinator habitat on their property through a ...

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WVDNR studying deer population around state

June 9th, 2021

Thanks to a new West Virginia Division of Natural Resources study, hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts will soon know more ab...

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New law prohibiting possession of most native reptiles, amphibians now in effect

May 27th, 2021

New regulations making it unlawful to take or possess most native reptiles and amphibians for any reason are now in effect in West Virginia....

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Always wear a life jacket: 5 water safety tips that can save your life

May 18th, 2021

National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28 and it's the perfect time to enjoy lake adventures with friends and family. But before you get out o...

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Tips to Help You Identify West Virginia Wildlife

May 17th, 2021

Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or an angler or hunter, knowing how to spot animals in the wild is a valuable skill and enjoyable act...

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Tips That Will Help You Landscape for Wildlife

May 17th, 2021

Whether you live on a farm, a quarter-acre suburban lot or in a city apartment, you can provide habitat for wildlife. In fact, all you need ...

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WVDNR’s guide to public river, stream and lake access sites

May 14th, 2021

For anglers, waterfowl hunters and those who enjoy boating, access to West Virginia’s streams, rivers and lakes is vital to their enjoymen...

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The do’s and don’ts of feeding wildlife

May 13th, 2021

One of the best ways to protect West Virginia’s abundant wildlife is keeping it wild. That means we all need to respect habitats, keep a s...

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Tips for Observing West Virginia Wildlife

May 13th, 2021

Observing wildlife in their habitat is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and learn about West Virginia’s abundant natural resourc...

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Snakes Alive!

May 11th, 2021

Snakes are one of the most misunderstood animals in West Virginia. Did you know these colorful and fascinating reptiles play an important ro...

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Birds in West Virginia

May 11th, 2021

West Virginia is a great state to live and visit, if you love watching birds and tracking them as they come and go each spring. With its mou...

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Warm weather, migration patterns create optimal conditions for hybrid striped bass fishing

May 11th, 2021

With temperatures warming up across West Virginia, anglers targeting hybrid striped bass are in for a great couple of months.......

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Sleepy Creek WMA provides hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures in WV’s eastern panhandle

May 7th, 2021

Whether you enjoy hunting big game, fishing, birdwatching or hiking trails, Sleepy Creek WMA in West Virginia's eastern panhandle is a great...

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Extended spring gobbler season open until May 23

April 27th, 2021

West Virginia's spring gobbler season is underway and includes eight extra days to give turkey hunters even more opportunities to bag a bird...

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WVDNR stocking trophy tiger trout in April and May

April 8th, 2021

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 25,000 tiger trout in lakes and streams throughout West Virginia.......

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Intro to basic and advanced fishing techniques

March 22nd, 2021

Wide-open lakes, expansive rivers and babbling brooks, Almost Heaven is the perfect place to learn to fish or perfect your techniques. Wheth...

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How to prepare your fish to preserve freshness and maximize flavor

March 19th, 2021

Ensure your catch of the day stays fresh with these tried and true tips on how to hand your fish from the moment you take it off the hook to...

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WVDNR’s guide to fishing streams and rivers

March 19th, 2021

With thousands of miles of streams to cast your line in, West Virginia is a great place for anglers who enjoy nature’s beauty and the thri...

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3 tips for taking pictures of West Virginia’s wildlife

March 18th, 2021

From majestic elk to tiny salamanders and everything in between, West Virginia’s rugged mountains, lush forests and beautiful lakes are te...

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Poison Ivy: Better Seen Than Touched

March 16th, 2021

 With our lush forests, expansive mountains, and abundant plant life, West Virginia proves to be the perfect place to get in touch with...

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Discover the Native Plants of Almost Heaven

March 16th, 2021

In Almost Heaven, native plants make up our lush forests, line our glorious Appalachian Mountains and adorn our backyard gardens. West Virgi...

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Lewis Wetzel WMA is a perfect place for hunting and fishing adventures

March 16th, 2021

Whether you enjoy hunting big game, trout fishing, birdwatching or hiking trails, Lewis Wetzel WMA has something to offer all kinds of natur...

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WVDNR hosting virtual Archery in the Schools state tournament March 25-27

March 15th, 2021

West Virginia's annual Archery in the Schools tournament is going virtual this year and the state Division of Natural Resources is giving te...

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WVDNR increases Buffalo Creek trout stocking

March 4th, 2021

After years of stream improvements and restoration work, Buffalo Creek has become one of southern West Virginia's unique trout fishing water...

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WVDNR nears completion of new wildlife education center

February 25th, 2021

Construction of the Claudia L. Workman Wildlife Education Center near Alum Creek is on schedule and the facility is expected to open to the ...

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WVDNR reminds anglers of new fishing regulations

February 19th, 2021

Anglers in West Virginia have new fishing regulations to follow and are encouraged to check the 2021 Fishing Regulations for a roundup of ch...

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Discover the Beautiful Great Outdoors of Almost Heaven

February 5th, 2021

Looking to get outdoors and explore West Virginia in a fun and exciting way? Look no further. West Virginia’s state parks and forests main...

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Reaching new heights: West Virginia Hiking Program

February 5th, 2021

Are you goal-oriented? Do you like to mark progress as you work toward a goal, and then being given a something-you-can-actually-hold-in-you...

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Watch your step: Snakes of West Virginia

February 5th, 2021

Getting to know wildlife in West Virginia is another reason to appreciate the beauty the landscape provides. Among some of these animals are...

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Follow the Rules of the Trail

February 5th, 2021

Whether you’re hiking or biking through the Mountain State, it’s always good to remember these safe and respectful rules for your enviro...

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These Overlooks Lead to Stunning Almost Heaven Views

February 5th, 2021

Don’t Overlook the Overlooks West Virginia’s state parks and forests trail system sometimes includes an overlook or scenic view along th...

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Walleye fishery continues to improve

January 29th, 2021

Anglers in West Virginia who want a good chance at catching a trophy walleye have the next two months to enjoy some of the best fishing in t...

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How to submit art for the 2022 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar

January 21st, 2021

the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting original paintings for its 2022 wildlife calendar. The submission deadline is ...

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West Virginian artists capture wildlife with realism true to nature

January 19th, 2021

Art is a calling and career for West Virginia artists Gina Gunnoe and Dinah McCloud, who share the honor of having paintings featured in the...

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Artist’s passion is making nature “come alive” in paintings

January 12th, 2021

Misty Murray Walkup, who painted the cover of the 2021 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar, shares her story. If you want to submit artwork for ...

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Winter bird feeder care tips

January 8th, 2021

Winter has begun, but it’s not too late to put out bird feeders. Our winged friends will thank you for placing feeders thoughtfully in...

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West Virginia winter wildlife viewing checklist

January 8th, 2021

While many of the Mountain State’s animals are cozied up in dens, nests and burrows until spring, the winter season is a great time to...

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WVDNR holiday gift guide 2020

December 2nd, 2020

Use our 2020 holiday gift guide to find the perfect gift for friends and family who love hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures in West Vir...

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Hunters Helping the Hungry provides venison for charities, needy families

November 25th, 2020

West Virginia's buck firearms season is underway and the state Division of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to give back to their co...

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This calendar is the perfect gift for hunters, anglers and nature lovers

November 19th, 2020

Like the well-known multi-tooled knife brand, the WVDNR Wildlife Calendar is equipped with an arsenal of versatile, practical and just plain...

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Art is second nature for wildlife calendar artist

November 17th, 2020

Our award-winning calendar showcases West Virginia's incredible wildlife diversity each year. Here's a behind the scenes look at an artist w...

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WV buck firearms season opens Nov. 20

November 13th, 2020

The buck firearms season, which opens on Nov. 23, has been extended to 14 days and includes an additional Sunday this year.......

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WV Wildlife Calendar artist draws on nature for inspiration

November 12th, 2020

Our award-winning calendar showcases West Virginia's incredible wildlife diversity each year. Here's a behind the scenes look at an artist w...

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WVDNR’s online maps make planning hunting, fishing trips easy

October 30th, 2020

Hunters looking for a place to hunt on public lands in the Mountain State are encouraged to use an interactive map provided by the West Virg...

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Make the best of social distancing while fishing in West Virginia

October 26th, 2020

The WVDNR is stocking trout in 40 lakes and streams in West Virginia this fall. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a safe and socially di...

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5 tips to help your kid catch a trout this fall

October 23rd, 2020

This fall is a great time to introduce your kids to fishing. Here are a few things that might just help them catch their first trout.......

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Kanawha students create firefly sanctuary at Morris Creek WMA

October 21st, 2020

A group of Kanawha County students have created a firefly sanctuary at the Morris Creek Wildlife Management Area and collected data over the...

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Fishing and foliage: Here’s where you need to cast a line this fall

October 16th, 2020

West Virginia's two-week fall trout stocking season starts Oct. 19. Here's where you can cast a line and enjoy incredible fall color.......

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Fall Trout Stocking Starts Oct. 19

October 16th, 2020

This year, we're giving anglers and their families more opportunities to enjoy a fishing trip by adding two new state park lakes to the fall...

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Get ready for buck firearms season. It’ll be here before you know it.

October 2nd, 2020

While the buck firearms season doesn't start until Nov. 23, now is the time to get ready. Here's a few things you can do right now to get re...

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West Virginia’s archery and crossbow seasons open Sept. 30

September 25th, 2020

West Virginia's archery and crossbow seasons for deer, bear and wild boar open on Saturday, Sept. 26. Purchase your license and necessary st...

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Why you need to buy RB/RRB stamps before the deer archery season

September 24th, 2020

West Virginia’s archery season for deer is only a few days away, which means time is running out to purchase your hunting license and RB/R...

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West Virginia’s elk herd adds 15 calves in 2020

September 17th, 2020

Over the summer, wildlife managers for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources were able to confirm the births of about 15 elk calve...

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WVDNR surveys mast conditions ahead of fall hunting seasons

September 16th, 2020

WVDNR biologists are surveying forests around the state to determine availability of food sources for game and other wildlife.......

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Archery season starts Sept. 26. Here’s your preseason checklist.

September 11th, 2020

West Virginia's archery seasons for deer, bear and wild boar open on Saturday, Sept. 26. Here's your preseason checklist to make sure you're...

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First wild bobwhite quail chicks in 50 years hatch at Tomblin WMA

September 8th, 2020

Five months after releasing 48 bobwhite quail at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, the once native birds have produced West Virginia’s...

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Summer fishing opportunities still plentiful in WV

September 4th, 2020

Labor Day weekend might be the unofficial end of summer, but there are plenty of opportunities in the coming months for fishing adventures i...

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Special urban deer archery season opens Sept. 9

August 28th, 2020

The start of West Virginia's archery and crossbow deer season is still a few weeks away, but hunters can get in the woods starting Sept. 5 w...

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How to be safe when introducing kids to hunting

August 24th, 2020

The biggest mistakes you can make when introducing a kid to shooting is using a gun that isn't suitable for a youth hunter and assuming they...

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WVDNR biologists researching state’s moth population

August 18th, 2020

Moths don't get as much attention as butterflies, but these winged insects are just as interesting and important.......

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It’s a perfect time to introduce your kids to archery. Here’s 3 reasons why.

August 7th, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty over participation in traditional team sports this school year, now is a great time to intro...

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DNR researching ways to grow bigger bluegill in West Virginia lakes

July 31st, 2020

DNR biologists are focusing on how bluegill management in small lakes in District 1 can improve habitat, promote better fish growth and incr...

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Renovated State Wildlife Center is open with new health precautions

July 29th, 2020

Like many businesses, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center was shut down during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. But the unplanned clos...

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Thousands of geese in WV wear bands. Here’s what it means.

July 1st, 2020

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources places identification bands on 900 Canada geese each summer. Do you know what they're used f...

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Apply now for controlled deer hunting opportunities in WV

July 1st, 2020

Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts at six state parks this fall are now available. Hunters have until Aug. 30 to apply.......

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DNR, Marshall students study how relocation affects rattlesnakes

June 16th, 2020

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologists and Marshall University graduate students are monitoring the movement of timber rattl...

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Support wildlife education and research with one of these special license plates

June 15th, 2020

With the purchase of a specialty license plate, West Virginia motorists can display their love for wildlife and support important wildlife e...

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How to get your kids properly measured for a hunting bow

June 11th, 2020

When it comes to picking out a compound bow for your kid, there are many options to consider and just as many brands to choose from. Here’...

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7 tips for introducing your kids to shooting sports

June 6th, 2020

Use these helpful tips to help you successfully introduce your kids to shooting and hunting whenever they’re ready.......

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BearWise tips for avoiding nuisance bears

June 2nd, 2020

Once a bear gets a taste for human food, they can become a nuisance at camp areas and around hiking trails and residential areas. The good n...

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Why you need to wear a PFD

May 22nd, 2020

Before you jump into the water or fire up your boat engine this summer, remember to be safe and wear a personal flotation device. You might ...

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Stressed out? Start a pollinator garden.

May 21st, 2020

If you're feeling a little bit anxious these days, you're not alone. We're right there with you and want to let you know that starting a pol...

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What you need to know about online hunter education classes

May 11th, 2020

You couldn't ask for a better time to take up hunting in West Virginia, but you need to complete a hunter education course before you can ge...

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WVDNR launches citizen science project to track firefly sightings

May 5th, 2020

In an effort to understand declining firefly populations, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is launching a citizen science pro...

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You might be staying inside, but West Virginia wildlife is coming out to play

April 23rd, 2020

We might be stuck inside this spring, but it's business as usual for the animal kingdom.......

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Be a scientist and help WVDNR document box turtle sightings

April 15th, 2020

The eastern box turtle population is declining in West Virginia and WVDNR is launching a citizen science project to better understand where ...

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Spring gobbler season opens April 20

April 8th, 2020

The spring gobbler season is scheduled to open on April 20, the youth season is expanding to two days and turkey hunters can anticipate incr...

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Try these wildlife activity sheets to keep the kids occupied

April 3rd, 2020

While the kids are home, we’d like to help keep them entertained and learning. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has put tog...

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How to practice physical distancing while fishing at a public lake or stream

April 3rd, 2020

As you get out this spring to go fishing at a state park lake or your favorite trout stream, we want to remind you to be safe and practice h...

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Everything you need to know about bird watching in West Virginia

April 1st, 2020

Grab your field guide, notebook and pen and use the following tips and tricks to help you get started bird watching at a state park or even ...

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March 25th, 2020

Take this West Virginia State Animal Trivia quiz to find out how well you know the Mountain State's favorite animals.......

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3 ways to introduce your kids to fishing without having to leave your house

March 23rd, 2020

If you love fishing and have an internet connection, you have everything you need to introduce your kids to your favorite hobby.......

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Spring cleaning? Tips for getting your bird house in order.

March 20th, 2020

Whether you're setting a bird nest box up for the first time, or just tidying up, here are a few tips you can follow to make sure your winge...

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Rainbow vs golden rainbow trout. What’s the difference?

March 19th, 2020

Golden rainbows and rainbow trout might be the most popular fish in all of West Virginia, but have you ever wondered what makes them differe...

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If you grew up in West Virginia, you’ll know what makes this sound in the woods

March 18th, 2020

You know the woods are preparing for spring’s arrival when the silence of winter is replaced with chorus of high-pitched noises. Is it...

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Capture West Virginia’s animals in action with these wildlife photography tips

March 18th, 2020

Photographing animals in their natural habitat can be tricky, but getting a good photo of your favorite animal doesn't have to difficult.......

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3 things you can do to help get your kids excited about nature

March 18th, 2020

There are many reasons to get your kids out into the woods. Here are a few ways you can get your children interested in nature.......

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Teach your kids about wildlife with this fun outdoor activity

March 17th, 2020

Looking for a family friendly activity or want to unleash your family’s inner sense of wonder without traveling far from home? Try thi...

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DNR helps students raise trout, learn about wildlife

March 12th, 2020

Students in West Virginia are learning about environmental stewardship by raising trout in their classroom and later releasing them into the...

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Gov. Justice expands popular Gold Rush stocking program for 2020

March 5th, 2020

The West Virginia Gold Rush is back this spring bigger and better than ever and will now include an additional weekend of stockings and a ne...

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WVDNR uses electrofishing technique to study walleye population

March 4th, 2020

In an effort to improve and diversify fishing opportunities in the Mountain State, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been ...

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Weekend trout stockings return to WV State Parks this spring

March 4th, 2020

Announced trout stockings at West Virginia's state parks are planned in March, April and May.......

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Hunter education classes prepare hunters for upcoming seasons

February 25th, 2020

You need to complete a hunter education class before you can buy a hunting license in West Virginia.......

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Love hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation? We need your help!

February 25th, 2020

We're drafting a strategic plan to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and anglers and we need your help.......

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That dead Christmas tree you threw away can breathe new life into your favorite fishing lake

February 20th, 2020

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources uses old Christmas trees to create and improve fish habitat.......

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The unusual mating habits of WV Wildlife and what they teach us about love

February 12th, 2020

Animals don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but when it comes to love, attraction and finding a partner, we humans can learn a lot ...

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Trout stockings provide opportunities for year-round fishing adventures in WV

February 6th, 2020

There’s never a bad time to grab a fishing pole and hit one of West Virginia’s many streams or lakes — and that includes the cold wint...

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Early spring or more winter? French Creek Freddie to make prediction at Groundhog Day ceremony on Feb. 2.

January 27th, 2020

Early spring or more winter? French Creek Freddie to make prediction at Groundhog Day ceremony on Feb. 2.......

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Artwork Needed for 2021 Wildlife Calendar

January 27th, 2020

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking original color wildlife paintings for its 2021 edition of the award-winning West ...

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Why a lifetime hunting and fishing license is worth every penny

January 23rd, 2020

If you hunt and fish in West Virginia, you know what it’s like to renew your license at the beginning of each year. It doesn’t t...

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Fall trout stockings start Oct. 21

October 17th, 2019

It’s been a hot and dry couple of months, but the fall trout stocking season is shaping up to be a good one thanks to recent rain, coo...

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Hunters Helping the Hungry: helping those in need

October 16th, 2019

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources helps needy families by providing portions of high quality ground venison donated by hunters...

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Why you need to complete a hunter education course

October 14th, 2019

Thousands of hunters flock to the woods of West Virginia each fall for bow and gun deer seasons. It’s an exciting time of year for hun...

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2019 fall turkey season starts Oct. 12

October 10th, 2019

It’s officially October and you have only a few more days until you can set your sights on a big turkey. On Oct. 12, the first split o...

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Varying habitat makes Elk River WMA a great place to hunt

October 3rd, 2019

“It’s like a hunter’s paradise.” Elk River Wildlife Management Area in Braxton County is beautiful, peaceful and sec...

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You don’t have to travel far for good fishing at this Jackson County lake

August 28th, 2019

Elk Fork Lake in Jackson County is a great place for bass fishing in the summer and hunting in the fall.......

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Here’s the No. 1 bass fishing lake in WV. And it has great hunting too!

August 5th, 2019

Picture your favorite fishing spot. It’s a cool morning and you’ve settled into your boat for a peaceful day on the lake or you&...

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If you love the outdoors, you need to visit Beech Fork Lake WMA

July 1st, 2019

Wildlife viewing opportunities, lake fishing and rugged hunting land. Beech Fork has it all! Wildlife management areas are some of the most ...

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WV Free Fishing Days Give New Anglers Chance to Try Fishing

June 4th, 2019

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but haven’t had a chance to get out on the water? Maybe you have fond memories of fishing with fri...

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Some of the best fishing in West Virginia available at Plum Orchard Lake

May 31st, 2019

Plum Orchard Lake is one of the most popular summer fishing spots in West Virginia and is enjoyed by avid and new anglers, families and outd...

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Tomblin WMA preserves hunting lands and habitat for DNR’s elk restoration program

May 2nd, 2019

The Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan and Mingo counties provides great hunting and an opportunity to see West Virginia's growing el...

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Spring gobbler season starts April 15

April 10th, 2019

West Virginia’s spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 16. Don't miss a minute of outdoor adventure. Purchase your hunting license to...

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Weekend trout stockings return to WV State Parks this spring

March 5th, 2019

Announced weekend trout stockings at West Virginia state parks and forests return this spring!......

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West Virginia Gold Rush returns April 1-6

February 26th, 2019

Special stocking brings more trout, stocking locations and chances to strike gold. West Virginia’s golden rainbow trout has lured anglers ...

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WV DNR working on monarch conservation

October 31st, 2017

Monarch butterfly populations are dwindling, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is committed to helping preserve this impor...

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Watch DNR biologists remove logjam on Big Spring Fork

October 24th, 2017

Division of Natural Resources biologists recently removed more than 30 pieces of wood and tree debris at the old railroad trestle on Big Spr...

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West Virginia Gold Rush: a history of the golden rainbow trout

September 29th, 2017

The golden rainbow trout is one of the most treasured fish in West Virginia, and is prized by anglers for its unmistakable, bright-yellow co...

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2018 Wildlife Calendar available to purchase

September 28th, 2017

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is selling its 2018 Wildlife Calendar for $10, plus tax.......

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WV DNR Biologists Monitor Endangered Harperella Plants

September 1st, 2017

With the assistance of private landowners, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been working diligently to monitor harperella...

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Fishing in West Virginia — All Fun All Year

July 26th, 2017

Whether you’re seeking secluded wilderness trout fishing or a family vacation, a quality angling experience awaits you in the Mountain Sta...

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DNR Staff Studying Channel Catfish on South Branch Potomac River

July 26th, 2017

WV DNR staff are studying the channel catfish on the South Brand Potomac River.......

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Help WV DNR Protect Loggerhead Shrikes

July 12th, 2017

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is working to protect loggerhead shrikes, one of the rarest birds in the state.......

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Five Day West Virginia Resident Fishing License Available

May 30th, 2017

West Virginia offers five day fishing licenses to those who want to try out fishing for the first time.......

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Field Report: DNR Plants Trees and Shrubs Along Shavers Fork

May 18th, 2017

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources planted more than 2,500 trees and shrubs along the banks of Shavers Fork and its tributaries...

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Salamander Saturday: Learn More About These Gems of West Virginia

May 5th, 2017

West Virginia is home to a variety of salamander species, including two that are only found here in the Mountain State. Salamanders today fa...

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Field Report: DNR Ecologists Discover Violet Species New to WV

May 5th, 2017

A species of violets new to the Mountain State was recently discovered by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources ecologists.......

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Field Report: DNR Botanists Monitoring Endangered Clover Plants

May 3rd, 2017

West Virginia is home to the world's largest population of Running Buffalo Clover, a delicate plant that flowers between mid-May and June. T...

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Spotting Spotted Turtles in West Virginia

April 14th, 2017

Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are monitoring the few remaining spotted turtle populations left in the stat...

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DNR, Trout Unlimited work to promote WV fishing

March 15th, 2017

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel and staff met with representatives from Trout Unlimited in South Charl...

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U.S. Presidents Who Loved the Outdoors

February 19th, 2017

Many presidents loved the outdoors and made sure nature was treated with the respect it deserves.......

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Archery in the Schools teaches students valuable life skills

February 14th, 2017

Archery in the Schools is an alternative to traditional physical education that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls, regardless of athle...

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Squirrel Season Extended Through End of February

February 10th, 2017

Squirrel hunting season in West Virginia was extended a month this year, and will last until Feb. 28.......

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Wildlife Winter Survival Strategies

February 7th, 2017

What’s your strategy for coping with winter? Stay close to the heating vents, under a lap throw, holding a cup of hot cocoa? Humans aren&#...

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French Creek Freddie Predicts More Winter

February 2nd, 2017

French Creek Freddie, West Virginia's preeminent weather prognosticating groundhog, predicted six more weeks of winter this morning when he ...

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New Wildlife License Plates Available

December 1st, 2016

... like the earlier plates, they will support DNR’s Wildlife Diversity Program, which manages the majority of wildlife species that are n...

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Get Ready for Muzzleloader Season

November 29th, 2016

December is the perfect month to take to the woods the old-fashioned way: with a muzzleloader firearm. West Virginia’s 2016 deer muzzleloa...

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West Virginia Wildlife Calendar Is the One-size-fits-all Gift!

November 22nd, 2016

•The calendar is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days, tentative opening and closing dates of various hunting and trapping s...

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DNR ID#: Yes, You Have to Have One

November 18th, 2016

If you are returning to hunting this year after a break, or are a first-time hunter, you may not know about the Division of Natural Resource...

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Get Involved with Hunters Helping the Hungry

November 16th, 2016

Hunters are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state’s wildlife resources. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry...

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Going Wild in the Kitchen

November 14th, 2016

Before there were grocery stores and fast food restaurants, West Virginians took to the woods to hunt for dinner. As food became easier and ...

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Hunter Education Program Promotes Safety First

November 11th, 2016

All hunters in West Virginia born on or after January 1, 1975 must complete a certified hunter education course before purchasing a base hun...

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Hunters, Buck Gun Season Is Almost Here

November 7th, 2016

Are you excited and ready for the 2016 buck gun season in West Virginia? In keeping with tradition, this most popular hunting season begins ...

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Lead Poisoning In Wildlife?

October 13th, 2016

Has the presence of lead been completely removed from our water sources?......

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Youth, Class Q/QQ and Senior Citizen (Class XS) Special Split Antlerless Deer Season Oct. 15, Dec. 26- 27

October 12th, 2016

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons with disabilities (Class Q/QQ permit), and s...

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2016 West Virginia fall trout stockings begin Oct. 11

October 12th, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2016 fall trout stocking will take place the weeks of Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, according to Paul Johansen, c...

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West Virginia “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” now available

October 12th, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 2016 “Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook” is now available on the West Virginia Division of Natural Res...

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Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting Announced

October 12th, 2016

LOGAN, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, beginn...

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