West Virginia hunter Chris Ellis finds inspiration in fellow hunter Randy Benear.
One of the oldest pursuits in the Appalachian Mountains, trapping looks for a new generation to carry on its legacy. For an occupation that’s been around since the earliest days of human existence, trapping is still pretty misunderstood. “People think it’s easy,” says John Pingley, president of the West Virginia
Old-school hunters enjoying the new Mountaineer Heritage Season. In January, hunters in most states are usually home sitting by their fires, cleaning their guns, and enjoying hearty bowls of venison chili. While a good number of West Virginia hunters are doing the same, there are a few, the proud, the
Turkey hunters across the state feel a strong passion and love for the outdoor tradition. Wade Boyles wakes up at 3:30 a.m. on a brisk fall morning. He finds himself more amazed that he was able to get to sleep than that he woke up on time to get out
Poachers steal from the state’s residents. They can also upset population balances that the state’s hunting, fishing, and trapping rules aim to maintain. Natural Resources Police officers keep poaching in check. When a tip about night hunting led Division of Natural Resources law enforcement to do surveillance at a camp
This story was originally published in the August 2018 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. To subscribe, visit wonderfulwv.com. Glenn Jones has been providing new hunters with safety training for nearly four decades. Glenn Jones completed his first hunter safety course in 1980, the second-ever hunter education class taught in West
The ancient art of falconry lives on with a West Virginia teenager. For more than a millennium, people in Japan and China have used aquatic birds called cormorants to help them catch fish. A fisherman ties a hemp snare around a trained bird’s throat so that, when the animal dives
Writer, illustrator, and dedicated outdoorsman George Bird Evans couldn’t find a bird dog he liked, so he decided to come up with his own breed. Look around Old Hemlock, the historic Preston County home of writer and illustrator George Bird Evans and his wife Kay, and it doesn’t take long