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  1. January is “For the Dogs”

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources January is “For the Dogs”      West Virginia hunters like their “hunting dogs.”  We chase rabbits, bear, and squirrels and pursue grouse, woodcock and quail with our dogs.  Hunting with dogs in West Virginia is a long and deep standing tradition.       Today was a day for the little hound and rabbits.  The recent extreme weather conditions had subsided and...

    posted 1057 days, 17 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  2. November - Hunting Season is in High Gear

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources November – Hunting Season is in High Gear The mountains above the Gauley River are steep, rough, beautiful and home to a wealth of wildlife.  During the month of November our state’s sportsmen and women can experience the season of their choice.  For the small game hunter, November is the prime time to pursue rabbits, squirrels and grouse.  Woodcock flights will be filtering in and out up until the ground...

    posted 1126 days, 14 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  3. October - The REAL Opening of the Hunting Season

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources October – The REAL Opening of the Hunting Season Time surely does “fly by” the older you get. In years past I was ready, straining at the bit, in anticipation of October. Each cool morning in September would bring visions of falling, swirling multicolored leaves. It always reminded me of the vision you get when looking through one of the old kaleidoscopes. Each evening when I fed the dogs I could sense nervousness...

    posted 1163 days, 19 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  4. Dogwood, Ramps and Gobblers

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Dogwood, Ramps and Gobblers As I walked along the old tram road I could make out the white blossoms of the dogwoods and the rich green carpet of the ramps along the hillside.  It was a perfect morning to be out in the high country searching for a wily old Tom Turkey.  The wind was still with the temperature standing about 42 degrees.  I had hunted this mountainside above Gandy Creek near Job many times. The...

    posted 1344 days, 16 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  5. March is Our Time for Transition

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources March is Our Time for Transition On one of the recent rare days of sun and warm temperatures I was driving along Shaver’s Fork in Randolph County.  It sort of brought back memories of when I started trout fishing.  There were several fishermen lined up in every likely looking run.   Many will remember the “circus” that was known as “Opening Day of the Trout Season.”  Opening in April, it...

    posted 1371 days, 18 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  6. January – The Month for “The Dogs”

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources January – The Month for “The Dogs” Saturday finally arrived.  The day promised to be about perfect for the little hounds.  Sunshine, spotty snow to see tracks, and damp ground to provide good scenting conditions for the beagles to run the rabbits.  The two little hounds were eager to go and dancing around in their boxes.  Soon we had a few shells stuffed in our vests and the dogs were let out and started...

    posted 1432 days, 13 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  7. December - The Month of Choice for the Hunter

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources December- The Month of Choice for the Hunter We were out on the Allegheny Front with the bird dogs on a cold December morning. The firearm buck season was over and it was time for us to check out a couple of places where we had jumped grouse during the deer season. As we parked and got out to get the dogs ready, I could hear the distant bawling of a hound. It was obvious that this was part of a pack of dogs...

    posted 1460 days, 14 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  8. The Biggest Day of the Hunting Season

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources The Biggest Day of the Hunting Season It was clear and cold as we left the vehicle and headed down the trail to a stand I had chosen a week or so before.  This was a “saddle” or “low gap” in the ridge.  There was a small clearing where both ridges sloped down, creating a perfect crossing from one big hollow to another.  There were acorns last year and the deer were traveling from both ridges to the oak flat...

    posted 1496 days, 15 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  9. OCTOBER, THE “True Beginning “of the Hunting Season

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Waiting for October and Woodcock Season The morning dawned cool and damp with just a whisper of wind.  Near perfect scenting conditions for Little Snoopy, our young Elhew Pointer.  It seemed as though October would never come when Snoopy went into her kennel last February.  While the dogs and I both welcomed a rest in February, it was only a couple of weeks when we began to miss those long walks across the...

    posted 1530 days, 12 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  10. The Guns of Autumn

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources I don’t know why, but the sun of September seems much hotter to me than the sun of July. Like several other hunters sitting around the field, I was sipping on a bottle of water while keeping a watchful eye on the clear, bright sky and my watch.There was a slight breeze stirring the leaves of the locust tree that I was sitting under as the time ticked by.An occasional dove flew the length of the field as if surveying...

    posted 1560 days, 15 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  11. Lots of Time to get That Gobbler

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources The first day of Spring Gobbler Season dawned with a howling wind, pelting snow and rain in most of the state.  Many like me didn’t see the need to battle the elements and knew that there was plenty of time to put that gobbler in the freezer.  The second day was better but there didn’t seem to be a lot of gobbling activity where I was.  I heard one distant bird a time or two and one shot so far off that I...

    posted 1681 days, 13 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  12. January - Time for the “BIRDS”

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Monday, January the 2, and the day New Year’s is celebrated by many throughout the state. I had talked to two of my grouse hunting buddies the night before. The plan was to check the weather about 7 a.m. and make a decision about going grouse hunting that day. I had already made my decision the night before. If the wind didn’t blow the dog off its feet and if the snow wasn’t over my knees I was going. So, as...

    posted 1798 days, 19 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  13. December is the “Big Game Month"

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources With the traditional deer gun seasons ended, the muzzleloader deer season opened on the following Monday. As it has many times in the past, Monday morning dawned cold with lightly falling and blowing snow. While not the most comfortable conditions, it did present excellent hunting conditions. The cold and snow would keep the deer moving more during the day as they searched for food. I had hunted the morning hours...

    posted 1824 days, 20 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  14. Bringing Back “The Two Season Hunter”

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Hunting season changes mean more opportunities I hadn’t bow hunted for more than 30 years until this year. Like many of our hunters, there are so many hunting opportunities that we often have to pick and choose when, where and what species we will hunt. Most of us have one hunting passion we hold above all others. In other words, if we were told we would have to choose only one species of game to hunt, we...

    posted 1862 days, 19 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

  15. Hunting Hits Full Stride in October

    By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Snoopy’s Test It was a typical grey day in Canaan Valley. As I dropped off of the mountain and turned onto the Cortland Road there was a mist in the air that hung heavy on the beech leaves. The clouds were sitting on top of Canaan and Cabin Mountains. As I slowed by the spot where I planned to hunt, I could hear little Snoopy shuffling around in her dog box. Like me, she could sense that we were about to embark on...

    posted 1894 days, 19 hours ago on West Virginia WILD

 
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