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Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:35:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. — Get ready for a flashback to the 1960s. North Bend State Park’s annual Winter Wonder Weekend is scheduled for Jan. 19-21, 2018 and will feature hiking, crafts and activities, all with a 1960s theme.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fall turkey hunters harvested 948 birds during the 2017 season, according to figures released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The fall harvest is down 54 percent compared to the 2016 season, but only 23 percent below the five-year average. 
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:00:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary data collected from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,455 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from Nov. 20 through Dec. 2.
Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia students will have the opportunity to compete in a virtual archery tournament in early January 2018. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section has announced that the Archery in the Schools State Qualifying Virtual Tournament will open Jan. 2, 2018.
Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s 2017 muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 4 and will offer hunters the unique challenge of using firearm technology from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:20:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia State Park golf passes for the 2018 season are now available and may be used for reciprocal play at Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley Resort, Pipestem Resort and Twin Falls Resort golf courses.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 20 and run through Dec. 2. Here are a few facts about the season:
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:35:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters that adult deer harvested Nov. 20-21 in Upshur County must be brought to an examination station for carcass examination by DNR personnel.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:35:00 GMT
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that adult deer harvested Nov. 20-21 in Mason County must be brought to an examination station for carcass examination by DNR personnel.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:25:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the deer firearms seasons beginning Nov. 20, the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds everyone to take precaution and be aware of laws regarding safety and lands open to hunting.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 20, and run through Dec. 2.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:35:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. — Canaan Valley Resort State Park will start its winter season in mid-November this year by opening the tube and ice skating parks for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:15:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The perfect gift is one that keeps on giving, and West Virginia State Parks is including something extra this holiday season on gift card purchases of $100 or more.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:10:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, West Virginia Division of Forestry, National Wild Turkey Federation and others, is seeking private landowners interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:30:00 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials from the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources today announced an interagency partnership which will enable students in Career and Technical Education programs across the state to gain authentic work experiences while helping to revitalize West Virginia’s state parks.
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:30:00 GMT
LOGAN, W.Va. — The Chief Logan State Park Lodge will host the fourth annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar this weekend at its expansive conference center. This popular event will be attended by 55 vendors and will give guests an opportunity to enjoy authentic arts and crafts from around the state.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:15:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three new initiatives designed to increase fishing and hunting opportunities and to attract outdoor recreation tourism have been announced by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel.
Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The furbearer trapping seasons in West Virginia open Nov. 4. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter must electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season.
Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:45:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. — Nationally known songwriters Jim Ritchey and Kelly Hunt will host Twin Falls Resort State Park’s third annual Songwriters Retreat on Nov. 10-12. The workshop is designed for songwriters of all levels but will be particularly helpful for those who already have written songs and need some help perfecting their craft. Participants need not play an instrument, but a piano will be available, and everyone is encouraged to bring a guitar.
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:45:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – West Virginia’s annual two-week fall trout stocking is complete
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Parks system is giving back to military servicemen and women by offering a special discount to veterans who stay overnight at select parks and forests between Oct. 29 and Nov. 16. The offer, good for 50 percent off regular lodge and cabin rental rates, is available to military personnel who have served or are currently in reserve or active duty.
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:40:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — West Virginia's abundance of wildlife provides opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with an ample amount of highly nutritious wild game.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:45:00 GMT
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the City of Moundsville are hosting a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 19 for the recently renovated Ohio River public boating access site at Moundsville. The dedication is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. The boat ramp is located at the end of 13th Street in Moundsville.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:35:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a scientific study of state residents’ opinions on and attitudes toward black bears and black bear management.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:30:00 GMT
LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center in Logan.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:55:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ 2018 wildlife calendar is now available to purchase. This popular calendar features a full-color painting of a state animal or fish species each month and includes a brief description of each subject and interesting daily facts about best fishing days and tips for enjoying the outdoors. The back of the calendar has informative articles about DNR projects, including the elk reintroduction program.
Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For more than 20 years, a unique program developed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Forest Service has increased accessibility of public lands for hunters with physical challenges who possess a Class Q/QQ special hunting permit.
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:55:00 GMT
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Beech Fork State Park will host its 2017 Heron Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event is a day for family fun, including free pontoon boat and hayrides, children’s games, art and crafts, gospel music and other events and activities.
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:15:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) urges motorists to be extra cautious while driving in the fall because vehicle collisions with deer tend to rise during this time of year.
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:10:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. — The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons who possess a Class Q/QQ permit and senior citizens with a Class XS license will soon be underway. The first segment of the season is one day, Oct. 21, and the second segment is two days, Dec. 26-27. This season is open on private and public lands in counties that have a firearms deer hunting season.
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:35:00 GMT
GRAFTON, W.Va. — A major upgrade to the boating facilities at Tygart Lake State Park will begin this fall. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 9, and is expected to be completed by early summer 2018. Visitors should be aware that the entire marina and boat ramp will be closed to traffic during this time.
Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s various small game hunting and trapping seasons will soon be underway, and wildlife biologists from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are predicting good opportunities for success.
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:20:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. — Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now consult the 2017 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication, available on the Division of Natural Resources’ website at www.wvdnr.gov. Since 1971, the Wildlife Resources Section of DNR, in cooperation with volunteers from numerous other agencies, has conducted a fall mast survey to determine the abundance of mast produced by 18 species of trees and shrubs.
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:05:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An updated, online interactive map that provides valuable information on all aspects of hunting and fishing adventures in the Mountain State is now accessible on smartphones and tablets.
Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:45:00 GMT
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced plans for a special golden rainbow trout stocking in 2018. During the 2017 National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 23-24 at Stonewall Resort State Park, DNR Director Stephen McDaniel revealed that the event, which will be called “West Virginia Gold Rush,” will lead off DNR’s spring trout stocking season the week of April 2-6 with special stockings and events across the state.
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has found deer in eight counties that have died from a hemorrhagic disease that causes extensive bleeding.
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:10:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the days of summer wind down, the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources asks hunters to refresh themselves on hunting ethics before the season approaches.
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2017 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 30. The archery and crossbow deer and boar seasons run through Dec. 31. The bear archery and crossbow season is a split season (Sept. 30 – Nov. 18 and Dec. 4 – Dec. 31) with the exception of Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties, in which the season will be open Sept. 30 – Dec. 31.
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:55:00 GMT
ROANOKE, W.Va. — Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 23-24. The event is the state’s largest outdoor hunting and fishing show, with more than 50 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:10:00 GMT
GRAFTON, W.Va. — Novice and avid bird watchers can enjoy two days of birding activities at Tygart Lake State Park on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and take part in bird banding practices that focus on fall migration.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — For two nights in October, visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park can experience the flame-lit world of 1805 and attend a period-accurate party during the park’s popular Mansion by Candlelight event.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) is asking for public comment on a series of state rules that may be more stringent than or equal to similar federal regulations. The rules relate to whitewater rafting, boating, wildlife damage control agents, hunting, trapping, fishing, falconry, fertility control of free roaming wildlife, elk restoration and management and cooperation between state and federal agencies regarding federal lands within the state.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:25:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Many late-summer special events and activities are planned at West Virginia State parks the weekend of Sept. 16, 2017. Here’s a quick peek at the variety of family-friendly venues you’ll find.
Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:20:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With small- and big-game hunting seasons set to begin, West Virginia hunters should start scouting, inspecting equipment and honing their skills before heading out to their favorite hunting spots.
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:40:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. — Reservations are being taken for Twin Falls Resort State Park’s annual Fall Photography Workshop, scheduled to take place Oct. 6-8. Steve Shaluta, Steve Rotsch and Park Superintendent Scott Durham are the instructors.
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:30:00 GMT
ROANOKE, W.Va. — Stonewall Resort State Park will celebrate what would be golf legend and Stonewall Resort golf course designer Arnold Palmer’s 88th birthday this Sunday, Sept. 10, with a special golf event.
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:20:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. — Renowned storyteller David “Bugs” Stover will tell tall tales at Twin Falls State Park in Wyoming County four evenings during the month of September. Each event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the campfire circle beside the Twin Falls campfire store.
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:20:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several important changes in the state's fall hunting seasons for deer, black bear and wild turkey are included in the new 2017–2018 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:15:00 GMT
The Sept. 2 youth-only squirrel season is designed to introduce newcomers to the sport and allow older hunters to enjoy a day mentoring the next generation of hunters.
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:15:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Work will soon begin on a multi-million-dollar improvement project at Cacapon Resort State Park. At its Aug. 17 meeting in Charleston, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority signed an agreement that will allow up to $25 million in bonds to be sold for improvements to the state park, located in Morgan County near Berkeley Springs.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:40:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Sundays at 3p is a new event format at Pipestem State Park. The free monthly programs will start at 3 p.m. at Pipestem’s McKeever Lodge and will last about an hour. The family friendly programs will feature wildlife topics, historic portrayals and musical entertainment.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:35:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The final “Tea on Tuesday” at Maple Shade on Blennerhassett Island is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29. Maple Shade, also known as the Putnam-House House, is an original 18th-century style wooden house where Margaret Blennerhassett would have enjoyed tea with Charlotte Loring Putnam.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia state parks are planning to celebrate the solar eclipse that will darken most of the country on Monday, Aug. 21 by offering special parties and reduced lodging rates at select parks.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:25:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will have another chance to have “Brunch with Margaret” on Thursday, Aug. 17.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:20:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is offering two ways to enjoy the Parkersburg Homecoming Fireworks on Aug. 19, 2017. Guests may watch the fireworks from the park or from the Island Belle sternwheeler.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:35:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs is one of 25 park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide selected to receive a grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company as part of the Meet Me at the Park healthy living program. Cacapon will receive a $40,000 grant for to create three play areas that will use natural materials to encourage fun and play for children and families.
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:15:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. — North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 15-17, 2017, with a special celebration of renowned natural foods advocate Euell Gibbons.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s waterfowl seasons are set for 2017-2018. These seasons are set within the guidelines established annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters who harvest leg-banded game birds should report them online at www.reportband.gov. The United States Geological Survey's Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL), the federal agency in charge of overseeing all migratory bird banding, has discontinued the 1-800 number used to report banded birds.
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:35:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2017-2018 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set. These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Night skies above West Virginia’s state parks will offer excellent views of the Perseid meteor showers this week, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Special night viewing events of this annual spectacle are scheduled at Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Babcock and North Bend state parks. Activities are free and open to the public.
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:20:00 GMT
LOGAN, W.Va. – Sixty elk will be making their way to West Virginia in 2018 through a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. At its Aug. 4 meeting, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved the capture of five dozen elk to be transported to West Virginia as part of the WVDNR’s ongoing elk restoration project.
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:50:00 GMT
MARLINTON, W.Va. — An 11-mile section of the Greenbrier River Trail is reopening one year after a major landslide during the June 2016 floods made paths in the area impassable.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:05:00 GMT
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Many of the Boy Scouts attending the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Fayette County will be working on service projects at six West Virginia state park areas during the event. More than 40,000 scouts, leaders, and others are expected to attend the Jamboree, which takes place July 19-27.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A juvenile Eastern milk snake in Kanawha County with crusty scales and abrasions on its head has tested positive for the causative agent of Snake Fungal Disease.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:40:00 GMT
CASS, W.Va. — Visitors of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County are invited to take a tour showcasing the park’s past when it was a thriving company town of 2,000 residents during the peak logging years of the early 20th Century.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:35:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions available statewide.
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:55:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds the public to exercise caution when searching the internet for information about hunting and fishing licenses.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:25:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications for controlled deer hunts in 2017 are being accepted at four West Virginia State Parks. Those parks are Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Wood County, Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County, Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County and North Bend State Park in Ritchie County. For the first time, multiple-day hunts are scheduled at Cacapon and North Bend State Parks.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:50:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Late July brings art, geology and a presentation about elk restoration to Cacapon Resort State Park.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:05:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, July 23 at 1 p.m. at Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs.
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:20:00 GMT
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The Stonewall Jackson Wildlife Management Area shooting range will be closed for about two weeks for repair and improvements beginning July 17. 
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:15:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. — Bil Lepp, a nationally renowned storyteller and five-time West Virginia Liars’ Contest champion, will bring his outrageous and humorous tall tales to Blackwater Falls State Park for a free, family friendly performance July 20.
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:15:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A unique tour of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park’s namesake mansion will be offered this summer and will include brunch with an actress portraying one of its original owners.
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:10:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Pipestem Resort State Park’s popular summer evening amphitheater series returns in 2017 with a variety of shows and concerts including bluegrass, southern rock, oldies and gospel music, plays, storytelling and more.
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:05:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — “Tea on Tuesday” is a special event scheduled at the historic Putnam-Houser house on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. “Maple Shade” is the home’s name as it is flanked by two sugar maple trees. Teas for the 2017 season are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 29. 
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:02:00 GMT
CLIFFTOP, W.Va. — Overnight visitors to Babcock State Park in Fayette County can now enjoy wireless internet when staying in one of the park’s vacation, legacy and economy cabins. This expansion extends the park’s Wi-Fi service, which has been available at the campground area and in the parking lot near the administration building.
Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls State Park is offering two special programs in July as part of its Summer of Fun series. The series, coordinated by park naturalist Paulita Cousin, will give guests an opportunity to meet Minnie Pearl or listen to Appalachian ghost stories around an evening campfire.
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:40:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Just in time for Independence Day week, Pipestem Resort State Park has introduced a new shuttle service for guests needing a lift to activities or remote areas of the park.
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:35:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County is celebrating summer and Independence Day week with outdoors activities and discounts during the first week of July. Visitors are invited to enjoy hikes, crafts, Dutch oven cooking classes, nature sound identification and many other fun opportunities. Activities are open to the public and conducted by park employees.
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:00:00 GMT
LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced on Thursday the birth of an elk calf at the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area. This is the first elk to be born in West Virginia since elk were reintroduced to the Mountain State in December 2016.
Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:10:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Open Mic Night is now part of Thirsty Thursday, once a month at Pipestem Resort State Park’s newly renovated Wings and Swings Pub located at the 18-hole golf course pro shop complex. Wings and Swings was formerly called “Mulligans,” and has undergone an interior design transformation and name change.
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two people recently were bitten by a river otter while boating on Dunkard Creek in Monongalia County near the Mason-Dixon Historical Park. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds the public to exercise caution around these aquatic mammals.
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:40:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. — Students with Elkins-based YouthBuild North Central recently worked with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program to restore fish and wildlife habitats at the site of the historic logging town of Spruce, near the head of the Shavers Fork River. Since the old town was abandoned and demolished in the 1940s, the site had remained largely unforested.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:00:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for a limited number of permits for black bear hunting during the traditional deer gun season in eight counties. The application deadline is midnight Aug. 13.
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:55:00 GMT
GREEN BANK, W.Va. — Applications are now available for a special resident-only, controlled onsite deer hunt, according to the Green Bank Observatory (GBO), located in Green Bank, West Virginia. This controlled hunt is organized and planned in cooperation with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:40:00 GMT
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association (WVPRO), stocked 600 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River June 7. 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:35:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ten West Virginia state parks waters were stocked with nearly 2,000 pounds of catchable-sized channel catfish the first week of June as part of a West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocking program designed to enhance fishing opportunities for individuals and families at state parks.
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 13.
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:55:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 10-11. During these two days, residents and nonresidents may fish in West Virginia for free.
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:50:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. — Encouraging people to try a new outdoor activity or to summon the courage to try again is the goal of North Bend State Park’s Introduction to Adventure event this Saturday, June 10. As part of the park’s “Quest” program, three instructional classes on kayaking, mountain biking and rappelling are planned.
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:45:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Now that school is out, West Virginia State Parks and Forests are offering an early summer lodging special to help visitors enjoy even more hiking, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities.
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Saturday, June 3, is National Trails Day, and West Virginia state parks are offering special guided hikes on many of their trails to celebrate. The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is the country’s largest celebration of trails and is designed to encourage people to go outside, exercise and enjoy all that nature offers.
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three Rivers Avian Center will return to West Virginia State Parks this summer with their popular “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” program. The presentation includes live birds of prey, information about the incredible abilities of raptors, their differences and how birds are connected with their ecosystems.
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:25:00 GMT
FARMINGTON, W.Va. — Mourning dove hunters who wish to participate in a controlled hunt at South Branch Wildlife Management Area in Hardy County must apply by midnight on July 30.
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:15:00 GMT
HINTON, W.Va. — Bluestone State Park, near Hinton in Summers County, has reopened following its closure over Memorial Day weekend. Due to high water from flooding, sections of the park were closed during the holiday. Facilities back in operation include campgrounds, the swimming pool, picnic shelters and the boat launch. The Old Mill Campground remains closed, but is expected to be open by the end of this week.
Fri, 26 May 2017 14:20:00 GMT
HINTON, W.Va. — Due to recent rains, Bluestone State Park near Hinton in Summers County will close its campgrounds, swimming pool, picnic shelter and boat launch for the Memorial Day weekend.
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:20:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. – Blackwater Falls State Park is taking its trademark winter cardboard and duct tape sled race to the water. The second annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Race will be Saturday, May 27, and the theme is “Recycle!”
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:15:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Pipestem Resort State Park will host a pet adoption event on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Pets Become Family Extravaganza” event is free to attend, and will bring together a large group of animal adoption agencies and services.
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:10:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park will host the third annual Murbles Tournament on Sunday, May 28, at the park campground. Murbles creator Murray Kramer will officiate the event and award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The event is free to attend, play or observe and is open to the public.
Wed, 24 May 2017 10:05:00 GMT
ALUM CREEK, W.Va. — Waterfowl hunters who wish to hunt from a shooting station in the controlled waterfowl hunting zone of McClintic Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located near Point Pleasant, must submit their application by midnight, Aug. 13, 2017.
Mon, 22 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT
LOGAN, W.Va. – The Aracoma Story Inc. will kick off its “Live in the Park” summer series at Chief Logan State Park in June with a production of the musical "Hairspray." Performed at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater, the production is the first of two The Aracoma Story Inc will produce this summer.
Mon, 22 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — To celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, Cacapon Resort State Park will host the inaugural Pure Cross Country 5k Run on the park’s newly designed cross-country trail.
Mon, 22 May 2017 10:50:00 GMT
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Sacagawea, the young Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their arduous journey west in 1805, has inspired countless enduring myths and legends and will be the subject of a historical program at Cacapon Resort State Park on Friday, May 26.
Mon, 22 May 2017 10:35:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 15, 2017:
Tue, 16 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers this year, an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016, according to preliminary numbers provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The harvest is the largest since 2006 when 11,735 birds were harvested, and is more than 18 percent above the 10-year average.
Fri, 12 May 2017 15:15:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 8, 2017:
Wed, 10 May 2017 11:05:00 GMT
BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (ACCA) will celebrate Morgantown Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Coopers Rock State Forest. The celebration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a guided bird walk on the Raven Rock Trail. After the walk, participants may gather in the pavilion near the overlook to enjoy coffee, a live raptor presentation at 10 a.m., a bird walk for children at 11 a.m. and another live raptor presentation at noon. Ongoing activities in the pavilion will include children’s crafts, owl pellet dissection and educational displays. All events are free, family friendly and open to the public.
Mon, 08 May 2017 13:05:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 1, 2017
Thu, 04 May 2017 14:00:00 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The popular “Birding Around the Sun” nature hikes will return to Kanawha State Forest this May. For the third year, hikes will be led by Sara Miller, who was a seasonal naturalist for two years and is returning as a volunteer naturalist this year. Sara has recorded many species seen and heard in the forest since the beginning of the program.
Thu, 04 May 2017 15:45:00 GMT
CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – Babcock State Park in Fayette County is saying “hello” to spring by offering a midweek discount at its legacy and classic cabins. With this offer, overnight guests who rent a cabin for two or more consecutive nights will receive 20 percent off through May 24, 2017.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:15:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 24, 2017
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – West Virginia’s fields and forests are full of new life this time of year, but the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging people to exercise extreme caution and keep a safe distance when young wildlife is encountered.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:10:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 17, 2017
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:35:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. at North Bend State Park in Cairo, West Virginia.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 10, 2017
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:25:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to become involved in a scientific research project aimed at determining the current distribution of timber rattlesnakes in the state.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:55:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s statewide spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 17, and runs through Saturday, May 13. Hunters may kill only one bearded turkey per day and two during the season.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:20:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Replacement of fish rearing pond liners at the Apple Grove Hatchery in Mason County started this week, Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, announced Thursday.
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:50:00 GMT
WALLBACK, W.Va. –The shooting range at Wallback Wildlife Management Area in Clay County will be closed from dawn until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017. A children’s fishing derby will take place at the lake adjacent to the range that morning. Closing the range will make a quieter setting and provide additional parking for the fishing derby participants.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:30:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 3, 2017
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 10:20:00 GMT
ROANOKE, W.Va. – Stonewall Resort in Lewis County soon will accommodate the growing number of guests who drive electric vehicles (EV). Three EV charging stations will be installed at the property in April, resort officials have announced. Stonewall joins Blackwater Falls, Pipestem Resort, Twin Falls, Cacapon Resort, Tygart Lake and Hawks Nest lodges in incorporating EV charging stations as a complimentary guest service.
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:10:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – To celebrate Earth Day falling on a Saturday this year, the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will stock trout in five West Virginia state park lakes on April 22. This is the first time DNR is announcing in advance the date of trout stockings. DNR is planning this unique weekend stocking to encourage anglers and their families and friends to go fishing in state parks.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:30:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 27, 2017
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:50:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. – Rock climbing and rappelling are fun outdoors activities, but only if they are done safely. North Bend State Park is offering “Quest” training for beginners in April.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:15:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 20, 2017
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:40:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. – Can you identify the murderer … after you’ve enjoyed a hearty meal? “Terror Under the Tent” is a murder mystery dinner theater to be held at North Bend State Park the evening of Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:35:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. – Owners of small water and wastewater utility systems can learn easy ways to assess their systems’ strengths and weaknesses during a free, full-day workshop March 31 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. The results of those assessments can then be used to develop management plans for improved operations.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:30:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. – Photographers, both amateur and professional, are invited to attend the annual Spring Photography Workshop at Twin Falls State Park April 7-9, 2017. The workshop teaches new skills and helps hone photography methods. The agenda covers an array of topics, from equipment and composition, to photography, natural light, people, action photography, digital imaging and computer software use. The instructors are Steve Shaluta and Steven Wayne Rotsch.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:20:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) invites women to give hunting, fishing and other outdoor interests a try with a little help from knowledgeable instructors and mentors. Registration is underway for the 2017 April 7-9 event at Blackwater Falls State Park, with a deadline of April 3. BOW is an outdoor initiative organized by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:20:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course before the kickoff of the boating season. WVDNR is participating in the “Spring Aboard” — Take A Boating Education Course national campaign through March 25, 2017.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:25:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. - The following waters were stocked the week of March 13, 2017
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:25:00 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the 12th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, March 25, according to Art Shomo, Program Coordinator. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Students from the following schools have qualified to participate in this year’s tournament:
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:05:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 6, 2017
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:25:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Col. Jerry Jenkins, chief of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR).
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:15:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced that Joshua Toner has been chosen as the 2016 West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer of the Year. The award was announced during the Natural Resources Commission’s meeting Feb. 12, 2917, at WVDNR Headquarters in South Charleston. Officer Toner will represent WVDNR at the annual conference of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Oct. 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:50:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 27, 2017
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Following the example of Governor Jim Justice and other state government agencies, the Division of Natural Resources becomes the first West Virginia Department of Commerce agency to announce fleet reductions. 
Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:30:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The 13th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show is March 11-19, 2017, at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg. Along with the standard categories, this year’s themed category is “Sew American Pride.”
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state to review and receive comments on proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:40:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 20, 2017
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:45:00 GMT
DAVIS, W.Va. – Snow-making equipment at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County is defying the unseasonably warm weather and will make the annual Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Races possible as scheduled this Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:20:00 GMT
FARMINGTON, W.Va. – Due to repairs to be completed on the Dixon Lake dam, located on the Pedlar Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Monongalia County, the access road to the lake is temporarily closed to vehicular use, according to Steve Rauch, Division of Natural Resources district wildlife biologist.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:15:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – This is a good weekend to take a hike, and it’s an especially good weekend to hike at Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County, with special guided hikes scheduled for each day.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:45:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 6, 2017:
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:10:00 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice today announced the appointment of Stephen McDaniel to serve as the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The appointment became effective Feb. 6. McDaniel replaces Bob Fala, who served as director in 2015 and 2016.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:55:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – February is “Sweethearts Month” at West Virginia State Parks. You and your special someone can enjoy a number of activities and overnight options during the month to celebrate. Reservations are required for special events. Call the parks directly or visit www.wvstateparks.com and check the “Events Calendar” option for details.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:15:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 30, 2017
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:55:00 GMT
FLATWOODS, W.Va. – Rob Tallman, Dist. 3 (east central counties) wildlife manager for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, has been selected by the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation as the 2016 Wildlife Manager of the Year. He was presented the chapter’s "Making Tracks Award" at the annual awards banquet Jan. 14, 2017, by State Chapter President Jeff Jones.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, 2017, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Division of Natural Resources Headquarters, 324 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:45:00 GMT
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Winter Lecture Series is returning to Parkersburg’s Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Each Sunday in February will feature an educational program with speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley and West Virginia topics.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:45:00 GMT
FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources invites both residents and visitors alike to visit the West Virginia State Wildlife Center on Feb. 2 to celebrate Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie.
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:35:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 16, 2017:
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original color wildlife paintings for the 2018 edition of the award-winning West Virginia Wildlife Calendar, according to DNR Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen. The deadline for submitting artwork is February 17, 2017.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:55:00 GMT
CAIRO, W.Va. – Railroad history buffs and train enthusiasts are invited to a special presentation about “The Railroads of Ritchie County” Jan. 22 at North Bend State Park. David Scott, president of the Ritchie County Historical Society, will be the lecturer about these railroad lines at 2 p.m. at North Bend State Park Lodge. The program is open to the public at no charge.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:50:00 GMT
MULLENS, W.Va. – Beginning Jan. 20, you can charge your Tesla and other electric or hybrid vehicles at Twin Falls Resort State Park near Mullens. An opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m., and the public is invited. A Tesla will be onsite to demonstrate how an electric vehicle (EV) charging station works. The charging station is located at the upper parking area at the park lodge.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:20:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 9, 2017:
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:50:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary counts indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 112,384 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s total harvest was 19 percent below the 2015 deer harvest of 138,493 and 15 percent below the five-year average of 132,466.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:40:00 GMT
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters harvested 3,012 black bears during the combined 2016 archery, crossbow and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:00 GMT
ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 3, 2017
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:35:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Business and gift shop retailers looking for new and trending resale items for 2017 are invited to attend Pipestem Resort State Park’s Gift Buyers Marketplace Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1, 2017. 
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:30:00 GMT
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park is offering a three-day lifeguard training course Jan. 20 - 22, 2017. The classes will be conducted in the McKeever Lodge indoor pool. Class times will be held 5:30 - 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; and conclude at 7 p.m. Sunday. The class is limited to 15-20 individuals. Preregistration is required. The course cost of $200 per person includes classes and materials. Overnight accommodation is available at McKeever Lodge or state park cabins.


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