New River Gorge National Park and Preserve designation causes stir, but state leaders believe compromise will benefit all stakeholders

The $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief and government funding bill signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27 had a small piece of legislation tucked in it that will have major implications on West Virginia. That nugget was the final draft of a bill to redesignate the New River Gorge National River as our nation’s 63rd […]

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Though Sand Hill WMA lease arrangement ends, WVDNR Director McDaniel excited about much larger land acqusitions

McDaniel: ‘Not much we could do’ in sale of 967-acre tract of Sand Hill WMA HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – News broke before the new year that effective Jan. 1, 967 acres of the Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area would be closed for public use. The now-closed tract spanned across the Wood-Ritchie border.  Naturally, hunters and locals […]

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Why are national hunting license sales still decreasing?

There have been a lot of stories published about a surge in hunting and fishing license sales around the country, including an increase in first-time hunters, but overall hunting license sales are still declining at an uncomfortable rate. In my home state of West Virginia, according to data provided by the United States Fish and […]

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