Is it waterfowl season yet?

One of my favorite things to do towards the end of summer is sit on my balcony and glass for waterfowl.

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Guiding America’s last frontier: A West Virginian’s journey chasing big game in Alaska

You wouldn’t guess it by just having a passing conversation with him, but Josh Compton is one of the most versed big game guides that has graced Alaska since 2007.  

Compton, a resident of Harrisville, W.Va., lives a quiet life with his wife and son. He works for Dominion Energy all but two weeks out of the year when he makes his annual pilgrimage to Kodiak, Alaska. There he guides for Hunt Alaska Outfitters that’s owned and operated by an old colleague, Rick Hoskins. 

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Stubborn duck

SMITHVILLE, W.Va. — When you think of West Virginia in terms of hunting, you typically go to whitetail deer. Or maybe your mind goes to turkey, squirrel or black bear.

Dylan Frye does, too, but he’s not focused on all of the traditional animals — he’s in the pursuit of waterfowl.

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Chincoteague’s finest: Limiting out with buffleheads and hoodies

CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, Va. – It didn’t feel cold until the group was being taxied out to the blinds on the edges of Queen Sound Channel off Chincoteague Island. Luckily, the nearly nonstop blasts from the 12-gauges warmed us up.

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