Time is really moving quickly. Today, the statewide deer archery season comes in.
This season will end Dec. 31. I am not used to having all of these hunting seasons coming in prior to the Mountain State Forest Festival.
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National Hunting and Fishing Day festivities will be today and Sunday at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County.
This particular event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state.
I have been to this celebration a few times; and believe me, this whole thing is time well spent, even if some of the hunting seasons are in now. This event is designed to appeal to anyone who enjoys hunting and fishing, but is especially oriented to be beneficial to youth hunters and anglers.
Adults, along with supervised youth, can participate in a variety of free hands-on activities like archery shooting, muzzleloader shooting, .22 rimfire caliber shooting, shotgun skeet shooting, fly casting, and many other activities.
The wild game cooking event will illustrate how certain wild game is to be handled and prepared from the field or forest to the dinner table. There are several wild game gourmet cooks in this part of the state. Ruth and I sampled some of their talents at a wild game feed about six months ago.
There will be demonstrations on the proper technique for field dressing and skinning deer.
Skilled professionals will demonstrate how to cut and prepare wild game or meat while chefs will show off a few of their favorite recipes. Other demonstrations will include tree stand safety and squirrel dog training.
There will even be a special seminar about West Virginia snakes.
The visitors will not have to leave the premises to satisfy any sudden hunger. Vendors will be standing by and selling a wide assortment of fast food.
People can also taste free samples of wild game from the on-site cooking demonstrations.
This event will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is $6 for adults. Children 15 and under will be admitted free.
For more information on NH&FD, including a complete schedule and description of the activities, go to the website at: www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/nathuntfish.shtm. This website also includes an event map.
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This past Wednesday, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced the public shooting range on the Pedlar Wildlife Management Area located near Morgantown was scheduled to reopen on Friday.
This range will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Mondays from 9 a.m. until sunset. It will also be open from noon to sunset on Sunday.
The range will be closed all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
This public shooting range had to be temporarily closed last year because of excessive littering and vandalism.
The DNR also received numerous complaints of people shooting in an unsafe manner. To address these problems, the DNR will have increased law enforcement patrols by National Resources Police Officers who plan to strictly enforce all of the posted shooting range regulations.
Additional modifications have been made to the shooting range that should deter any unsafe use.
Questions about the reopening and operations of the Pedlar WMA shooting range should be directed to the DNR District 1 office at Farmington at 304-825-3787.