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Issue 219 June 2012Outdoor PhotosFishingTIPSFLWNEWSDNRUpdates


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Advertise in theW.Va. SportsmanPromote Your Business StatewideLOWER Advertise RATES Special THAN Sales SIMILAR and EventsPUBLICATIONSReach Thousands of Potential CustomersLOW ADVERTISING RATES/1/15 Page.......$281/10 Page.......$391/6 Page.........$651/5 Page.........$72COLOREXTRARATES START AT:$28 a monthFor This Size AdLess Than A DollarA Day!MONTHLY RATES 1/4 Page..........$821/3 Page........$1001/2 Page........$1352/3 Page........$150FULL PAGE INSIDE....$195BACK PAGE................$240For Advertising Information InThe Number One OutdoorPublication In West VirginiaCONTACT:W. Va. SportsmanP.O. Box 5521Vienna, WV 26105304-482-7217wvasport@gmail.com100% OWNED & OPERATED IN WVAttention Bass Fishermen!Get Your Name On OurMail-List For UpcomingBass Tournaments For 2012Fill Out The Form BelowTo Be Placed On The Mail ListName__________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________City___________________________________________ ST______Zip_________________ email______________________________ALSO ON THEINTERNETIn Business21 YEARSClip & Mail To:Bass SportsmanP.O. Box 5521Vienna, WV26105email:wvsport@wirefire.comJune 2012 ~ Page 3MagazineVolume 1 Issue 219Publisher and EditorMark A. GoudyContributing EditorsWest Virginia Division OfNatural ResourcesNo Subscriptions OfferedW.Va. Sportsman is a monthly publication.W.Va. SportsmanP.O. Box 5521Vienna, WV 26105304-482-7217Email wvasport@gmail.comwww.wvasportsman.netAll Rights ReservedCover PhotoFishing at night with a Jitterbugfishing lure, Ralph Cale landedthis impressive largemouth bass.It weighed 8 pounds, four ouncesand was 24 inches long. He wasfishing in a farm pond in PrestonCounty.Fishing overall in WV has beenvery fruitful. The Ohio River hasbeen giving up numerous bassto the serious river fishermen.Enjoy the fishing this season! Thismagazine is online each monthwww.wvasportsman.net


Hall Of FameTommy MartinATHENS, Texas – Tommy Martin,the renowned bass pro fromHemphill, Texas will be inductedinto the Texas Freshwater FishingHall of Fame on Saturday (June 2)at the state fish hatchery in Athens,Texas. A 2011 runner-up, Martin’sinduction celebrates an accomplishedcareer spanning more thanfour decades. With a BassmasterClassic victory notched in his belt,Martin has recorded five top-10finishes and won $139,080 in FLWcompetition.Formerly a bass guide in the earlydays of Toledo Bend and nearbySam Rayburn Reservoir, Martinsaid he entered the professionalbass tournament scene somewhatlater than most.“I didn’t get into bass fishing untilI was about 28,” Martin said. “Igrew up on the Texas Gulf Coastand I fished saltwater for manyyears. I moved inland about thetime (Toledo Bend) and Sam Rayburnwere filling up and I basicallylearned to fish (for bass) on my ownbecause there weren’t any expertsor anybody back in those days toteach you anything.”As he progressed in his bassknowledge, he learned much aboutcontinue to the next pageKeith Tyler, from St. Albans, landeda 23 1/4” largemouth bass.Now Buying GOLDSlide Fire StocksFor AR’s & AK’sJune 2012 ~ Page 5West VirginiaGuns & PawnLarge Knife SelectionSog • Kershaw • GerberLots Of New Long Guns, Pistols, Ammo & Accessories In StockYOUR TACTICAL WEAPONS HEADQUARTERS!• AR-15 • AK47 • Mini-14 • Tactical ShotgunsWe Have Bulk Ammo• 7.62x39mm • .223 • 9mm • 40 S&W • .45 ACPOpen: Tues-Sat 10am to 6pmOld Heck’s Plaza • On The Rd. To Walmart304-514-2113 120 Academy Dr. RIPLEY, WV3-D Archery ShootLocated At Crooked Creek ArcheryClasses:OpenBowhunterMen & WomenYouthCubJUNE 16Door Prizes - Food - DrinksOpen 7 Days A Weekwww.crookedcreekarchery.comRegistration: 8am to 1pmEntry Fee: $128 & Under: $6Read The Ad Below For Directions & Info***FREE**** Youth Archery Shoot Provided By USFish & Wildlife and Crooked Creek ArcheryNEW G-5 Prime BowsQUEST BOWS - From G5PARKER G5EASTON • CARBON EXPRESS ARROWSParker & Excaliber CrossbowsArchery Supplies - Pro Shop1.8 Miles From I-77 - Rt. 31/Airport RoadWILLIAMSTOWN, WV 304-375-243430 TARGET 3-D ARCHERY RANGE


www.easternohiotrophywhitetails.com1-740-541-2501dmoreland59@yahoo.comWhether you’re looking for a trophy deer hunt or your own deer lease, we offer both!Ever want to hunt free ranging Ohio Bucks? We have all inclusive trophy hunts and lodging included startingat $1295 weekly. Or have you ever wanted your own trophy deer lease, where you can plant food plots, set yourown stands, and enjoy the hunting experience year round? Well here is your opportunity to have 30 to 300acres to lease for hunting and be part of 2,500 acres of trophy managed land and be surrounded by largeacreage tracts all under trophy management to produce big trophy bucks. We are located near Athens, Ohio.his new career by fishing local tournamentsand studying the exploitsof industry icons like Bill Dance,Bobby Murray and FLW Tour proRoland Martin. He joined B.A.S.S.at its outset, but tempered his ambitionwith a plan of preparation.“I had my sights set on becoming apro fisherman but I told myself thatI’m going to practice really hardand I’m going to guide and I’m goingto fish some small tournamentjust like I was going to college,”Martin said. “I’m going to learn tobe a professional fisherman beforeI jump in a fish the big leagues withthe big players.“I wanted to learn everything Icould so I spent five years doingthat. I didn’t fish B.A.S.S. until1974, but by the time I got in, I feltlike I was ready. In the first tournamentI fished, I finished third andthen I won a (regular season) tournamentand then I won the BassmasterClassic that year. I guess Iwas ready. I worked hard at it – justas I do today.”BOOK YOURTRIP NOWMartin, who points to deep jiggingas his signature techniquesaid his five years on the FLW Tourand EverStart Series have been apleasant chapter in his storied career:“FLW is a great organization.They’re a wonderful group of peopleand they run great tournaments.I wish they had been around earlierwhen I was a younger fisherman,but they’ve been very kind to me.”MUSKYTACKLEChristopher Eagle, from Frankford,hooked a 22 /12” rasinbow.304-203-0347 Kevin Rosshuskymuskyguideservice@yahoo.comSpecializing in a huge assortment of MUSKY TACKLEHooker Tackle, Legend, Wiley Lures, Hughes River, Ziggie’sSmuttly Dog, Big Game Tackle, Amma Bama, Musky MayhemRed October, Crane’s, Jones, Myers, Phantom, Tuff Shad,Musky Innovations, Naze, Leo, Cats TailsBlack River Rods, Shimano, Abu Garcia & More!Stonewall Jackson Lake’s Only Professional Musky Guide$200 Four Hours (2 people) $375 Eight Hours (2 people)Located In JANE LEW, WV Just Off I-79 (call for directions)June 2012 ~ Page 6


Improving Plum Creek’s Trout Fishingcilities must be ear-tagged, andthere are currently no reported elkLEWISBURG, escapes from any W. Va. facility – The in West WestVirginia. Division of Natural ResourcesA bull (DNR) elk has and been Plum seen Creek recently todayin Wetzel announced County, they W.Va., are expanding accordingpublic-private to WVDNR partnership officials. effort Thereato have increase been the no reports state’s trout of cow populationsightings and in extend either its Wetzel range. County, Withelkthe W.Va., expansion, or Greene the County, effort will Pa. now Nofocus free-ranging on enhancing wild elk the live quality withinof 150 51.6 miles miles of of Wetzel streams County. on Plum TheCreek elk sighted land and in many Wetzel more County miles isdown-stream. likely the escaped The animal private from timber thecompany captive facility and state in Pennsylvania.originally beganthe Contact effort in between 1999, and escaped it since captivedeer and or seen elk significant and free-ranging results.hasgrownwhite-tailed Through the deer effort, increases Plum the Creek riskperforms of disease stream transmission liming, a from process thethat captive usually animals begins to the in native late March herd,and according involves WVDNR adding biologists. limestone Thesand movement to the and/or watershed escape over of several captivemonths. deer and The elk limestone increases sand this reducescontact the acidity and are of the one water of the caused manyrisk ofby possible acid rain. modes The of transmission DNR conducts forChronic Wasting Disease (CWD)from captive cervids to free-rangingwhite-tailed fish surveys deer. of the streamsregularand The more State through of Missouri the partnership.documented Over the CWD past in 13 a years, captive Plum cer-recentlyCreek’s vid facility. stream-enhancing Texas Parks and project Wildlifehad resulted to euthanize in a significant a large captive in-hascrease deer herd of the after biomass illegal of importation fish foundin of the white-tailed watershed, deer including from a captive troutand facility other in non-game Arkansas. species.“We “Monitoring are very excited and protecting to continue Westand Virginia’s expand deer the herd partnership from CWD betweenand other Plum diseases Creek is and crucial the to WestVirginia’s DNR,” economy said and Steve its Yeager, naturalsenior resources,” resource said manager WVDNR for Director PlumCreek’s Frank Jezioro. West Virginia “Deer hunting operations. providesteamwork tremendous has recreational produced re-op-“Ourmarkably portunities successful for hunters results, and wildlife andwe viewers, hope to has breed a large even economic more succespactin on the its future.” rural communities, andim-brings Plum in Creek many donates out-of-state most hunters of thelimestone each season sand to West and maintains Virginia.” themany Contact delivery the Farmington sites needed District toadd Office the at lime 304-825-6787 each year. if The they West seeVirginia an elk in DNR these counties. provides addition-304-373-7815 304-532-7857al limestone sand, manages thecontinue to the next pageTAXIDERMYYoung Schmidlen brought in abig Donetta gobbler. Grose, Photo from courtesy Hico, of arrowed MiddleMountain a nice buck. Sporting Goods in Elkins. MARIETTA POLARIS27425 St. Rt. 7MARIETTA, OHIOwww.mariettapolaris.com740-374-5766Bass Pro Shop• Fishing TackleJune Hunting 2012 2011 ~ Page ~ Page 7 7


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Broken Wheel CampgroundI-79 Exit 96Weston, WVPast The Stonewall Jackson Dam Entrance1 1/2 Miles On The Right304-269-6097Fishing & HuntingSuppliesand Country StoreGifts - Game Room - PlaygroundNightly & Monthly RatesBoat & Camper StorageLIVE BAITLooks like a battle of the beards.Brandon Cox shot a nice gobbler.Photo courtesy of PC Bait & Tackle inHinton.Advertise In TheW. Va. SportsmanDetails On Page 3Richard Harris used a bow for thisnice bear. Photo courtesy of WaterfrontSporting Goods inAlderson.Austin Slack got a Wirt Co. blackbear. Photo courtesy of Crossroads GeneralStore near Newark. NEWSTORECROSSROADS GENERAL STORELOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OFROUTE 47 & NEWARK RD.GUNSIn StockOr OrderedSafeNEWARK, WV304-275-4619Open At 5am-7pm M-Th5am-8pm Fr7am-8pm Sat7am-5pm SunShowroom• Hunting Supplies • Ammo• Camo Clothing • Muzzleloaders• Beverages • Gasoline• Food & More• Fishing Tackle • Musky LuresFinancing Available On Items Over $200•Long Guns • Safes 90 Days Same As CashJune 2012 ~ Page 11


www.TargetJerrys.com10 - 20 - 30 YardIndoor Archery RangePistol & RifleIndoor Gun RangeTargeting Your Outdoor NeedsHuge Selection Of Trout - Bass - Musky SuppliesRods - Reels - Lures For All Species Of WV FishTECHNO HUNT INDOOR ARCHERY RANGENumerous BowsAnd AccessoriesComplete Line Of Hunting Clothing & Boots• Scent-lok • ScentBlocker • Under ArmourCarhartt • Columbia • Gamehide • BrowningMossy Oak • Kings • Georgia & LaCrosseWomens • Kids and Infant’s ClothingFISHING SEASONBEGINS AT JERRY’SHuge Ammo SelectionLargest Area Selection ofMATHEWS - HOYTPSE - PARKER BOWSLots Of Fishing TackleTWO LOCATIONSHorner, WVGeorgetown Road - Off US 33304-452-82276am -9pm DAILYFlatwoods Outlet StoresFlatwoods, WVExit 67 Off I 7910am - 9pm Mon - Sat.Sun. Noon to 6pm304-765-5018LARGE SELECTIONS OF RODS • REELS • TACKLEFullSelection OfLIVE BAITGAME CHECKING STATION - SNACK BARLAKEWOOD CABINSNearby Public Hunting & FishingGolf - Biking - Nearby ShoppingOver 1,000 FirearmsShotguns - Rifles - Pistols• Outside Barbecue Grills• Furnished Kitchen• Washer & Dryer• Peaceful Wooded AreaBetween Stonecoal Lake & Stonewall Jackson Lake ResortNear Weston, WVReservation Information 304-452-8227June 2012 ~ Page 12


Turkey ResultsSOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Preliminary harvest figures for the2012 spring gobbler season are inand West Virginia hunters checkedin 8,332 bearded director of the Divisionof Natural Resources. Thisyear’s harvest is a 10 percent declinefrom the 2011 harvest and a15 percent decline from the previousfive-year average.Biologists have long recognizedthat the brood counts two yearsprior are fairly accurate predictorsof harvest since most of the kill iscomposed of two-year old birds.Brood production in 2010 was 28percent lower than 2009; therefore,the 2012 spring harvest was lowerbecause fewer birds were available.Brood production was higher in2011 but still below the long-termaverage.“Because future harvests are dependenton brood production andsurvival, let’s hope for a dry Juneand a more normal spring in 2013,if there is such a thing,” said Jezioro.The 2012 spring kill is the lowestsince 1989, when 7,245 birds wereharvested by hunters. While all theother districts saw a decline in harvest,hunters in District 1 (northernKurt Starcher shot a gobbler. Photocourtesy of Jarrett’s Bait in Elizabeth.SEARSEXXONOver 50 YearsIn Businesscounties) registered a 7 percent increaseover last year. The southerndistricts saw the greatest reductionJune 2012 ~ Page 13STUMPTOWN, WVUS HIGHWAY 33GAME CHECKINGGas - Tires - Groceries - HardwareWV WILDOUTDOORSHunting & Fishing SuppliesCamo Cothing - Tree Stands - AmmoRods & Reels • Daiwa • Quantum • PfluegerArchery • APA • Barnett • Martin • BearCamping Equipment.380 Cobra Pistol$150GAMECHECKINGMon - Sat 9am to 7pmSunday 1pm to 6pmNEWLOCATION2 Miles North Of Rt. 603069 Millers Ridge Rd.Off Of Rt. 19HICO, WV(304) 658-4600Former Songer Whitewater Buildingin harvest, with Districts 5 and 4declining by 25 and 21 percent, respectively.GUNS• NowOrdering• NewShipmentArriving


WVDNR Serches ForOld IssuesSOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.– Since its inception in 1937, whenit was called West Virginia Conservation,readers have treasured themonthly issues of Wonderful WestVirginia magazine. Many peoplehave saved back issues for generations.Now, the West Virginia Divisionof Natural Resources, whichpublishes Wonderful West Virginia,is asking for help in finding copiesof about 65 specific issues to beincluded in the magazine’s officialarchives.“People tell us that their dad keptevery issue of the magazine; we justcan’t throw them out,” said MikeBryant with WVDNR. Noting thatmost issues have been archived onMON, TUE, THU 10-5, WED 12-6, FRI 10-6, SAT. 10-NOONJACKSONCOUNTYPAWNNEW & USED GUNSBuy - Sell - Trade - Loan506 WALNUT ST.RAVENSWOOD, WV304-273-5961Gold - Musical Instruments - AmmoTools - Electronics - Archery - Guns - And More!the www.wvdnr.gov website underthe link “WWV Magazine Archives,”Bryant is issuing a requestfor help from subscribers.“We’d like them to look in thoseboxes of treasures stuffed underbeds and in attic corners for olderissues of Wonderful West VirginiaMagazine. The digital archive requiresscanning of an actual magazineissue and there are severalcontinue to the next pageBreda Greene, from Ravenswood,landed a souther redfish.HOUSE FOR SALE3 Bedroom HouseExcellent Condition. Turkey Bone Roadand Route 15, Monterville.WVRandolph County. Less than 1 mile tonew Elkfork Lake opening in 2012.5 miles to Elk River at Elk SpringsResort. 4 miles to 9,000 plus acreKumbrabow State Forest. New roofand vinyl siding. 4,000 ft. elevation.Outside dimensions 30x110 ft on 1/4acre. $49,900. Contact Jim orBetty Wilson. 304-339-6576bjwilson@frontiernet.netJune 2012 ~ Page 16


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JBC ARCHERYINDOOR SHOOTING RANGE2563 RITTER DRIVEOn Rt. 19SHADY SPRING, WV304-763-3109www.jbcarchery.comHoyt • Darton • PSE • Alpine20 Yard Indoor Range • AmmoComplete Archery Pro ShopArrows - Muzzleloaders - Fishing10 am to 6pm Mon - Thur & Sat10am to 5pm Fridaywww.wvasportsman.netGameCheckIt’s FREEBACK ISSUES FROM 2006 ON ARE THERE TOOMARSTILLER’SGUN SHOP & HEATED INDOOR RANGEOver 29 Years Of Service!Always On “Target”HomeOf The“Gun Guys”NRAFirearmsSafetyClasses3647 Collins Ferry RoadMorgantown, WV304-599-1556Ronnie Huffman landed a whopper catfish. Photo courtesy of PC Bait & Tacklein Hinton.Chris Hatfield will not be sharingthis rainbow with any McCoy’s.Stay with us while you enjoy the Stonewall Jackson Lake area. Minutesfrom the state park which offers the Arnold Palmer Golf Courseand boat rentals. Also, 1 1/2 milesfrom Stonecoal Lake Wildlife Area(public hunting & fishing). Only 6 miles fromI-79 exit 96 or 4.5 miles from Rt. 33 - Corridor H - near Weston, WV• A/C• TV - DVD• Barbecue Grill• Large Porch AreaLAKE VIEW CABINSOverlooking Stonewall Jackson Lake~ 100 Yards From The Boat Ramp ~• Easy Access• Great View Of Lake• Fully Equipped KitchenIncluding DishwasherJune 2012 ~ Page 20NOW BOOKINGFOR SPRING & SUMMERSEASON RENTALSEasy Access To PublicHunting Areas. 15,000 AcresOn Stonewall Jackson & 3,000Acres On StonecoalFor More Info & Reservations304-269-5813


Proof Quality.Not suitable for printing.PONTOON BOAT HEADQUARTERS304-473-0752BOATS POWERED BY Honda OUTBOARDSPRICES BELOW INCLUDE: Honda 50 4-STROKE, TRAILER,STORAGE COVER, FREIGHT, PREP, AND MUCH MORE!18’ 20’Make Those OutdoorMemories Last A Lifetime23 Years ExperienceOff Hall Rd. OnBlack Ford RoadBuckhannon, WVAccepting Major Credit CardsFull Time/Award Winning MasterTaxidermist Rick Dunlap$ 17,485$ $199/MO.* 17,985#1 PONTOON DEALER IN WV$194/MO.*22’24’$233/MO.*$ 20,999*Payments include WV tax & title fees.120 Months, 6.99%, 10% down, W.A.C.www.thegreatoutdoorsmarine.com(304)525-4556$255/MO.*$ 22,999Always wear a personal flotation device whileboating, and read your owner’s manual.I-64 Exit 8, then 4.5 miles southLavalette, West Virginia(Prices are subject to change.)Maddy Birchfield landed an OhioRiver hybrid bass.Kim Birchfield likes to go to the New Martinsville dam to catch big OhioRiver hybrid bass. This was a very large one.June 2012 ~ Page 22Ben Thaxton went to Salt CreekPreserve in Ohio for a boar.


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Wheeler’sFamily AffairBy Jim WilsonIn the mid-fifties Jim Wheelermet Marlea Miller while attendingLost Creek High School in HarrisonCounty. Jim graduated in 1958and married Marlea after she graduatedin 1959. “Jim was my oneand only suitor in life.” she sayswith a twinkle in her eye.They set up housekeeping in Mt.Clare, in Harrison County. Jimdrove a truck for National Auto forJosh Compton went to MarshallCounty for a big gobbler.SPENCER'STAXIDERMY304-824-3745OVER 39 YEARSEXPERIENCEBIRDS, FISH, ANTLERSLIFE-SIZE MOUNTS, GAMEHEADSWEST HAMLIN,WVACCROSS FROM THE POST OFFICEFULL TIME TAXIDERMY SERVICEsome 11 years. One day a friend ofJim’s named Buck Fulks said thathe knew of a small business thatmight be for sale in Elkins. Fulksknew that Wheeler hungered to gointo business for himself.It turned out the business was asmall sporting goods shop locatedacross the street from the FederalBuilding in downtown Elkins. Itwas, in fact, for sale. Wheeler andthe owner, Buck Currence, workedout a deal. Currence agreed to stayfor 30 days and teach Wheeler the“ropes.”While he was learning the business,the Wheelers put their HarrisonCounty home on the market.“Buck was a wonderful mentor toJim. And Jim was so enthused andexcited he ‘ate, slept and drank’ the30 days that Buck stayed on.” saysMarlea.ATV’sMotorcyclesRt. 33 EastBuckhannon, WV304-472-4824www.supersmittys.comTheir home in Mt. Clare sold andthe Wheelers moved to Elkins. Anapartment above the store was partof the deal between Wheeler andCurrence. So Jim, Marlea and theirtwo young sons, David and Brian,took up residence in the apartment.In reflection, Jim muses, “At thispoint we didn’t have two penniescontinue to the next pageMatt Romine landed a 26” drum inthe Little Kanawha. Photo courtesyof Jarrett’s Bait in Elizabeeth.Revelle’s Family& Shavers ForkCampgroundsU.S. Rt 33 9 Miles East OfELKINS, WVPool At Shavers Fork CampgroundStocked Trout Fishing StreamCottages & CabinsFor Reservations:304-636-00231-877-988-2267P.O. Box 96Bowden, WV26254350 CampSitesIT’S BOAT SEASON AT MID-STATE MARINAG3AluminumMID - STATE MARINARoute 19 NorthSutton,wvPhone: (304) 765-7325 (800) 640-7329SuzukiHondaYamahaCan-AmJune 2012 ~ Page 24


CHEAT TROUT TRIPSGuide Trips From Rowlesburgh Up& Including The 5 Forks Of TheCheat River Through TheMonongalia National Forest• Catfish Trips3751 Cladesville RdIndependence, WV26374For Info Call:304-864-3390RIVERVIEW DOGSUPPLIES & FEED• BLAZER• NITE LITE• COMPETITION• DOG BOXES & HOUSES• ABOVE GROUND KENNELS• DC 30 & 40 GARMIN“Anything for the Houndsman”BAGS OF CORNDOG FEEDDOG SUPPLIESTRAIL CAMERASAMMUNITIONFEED FOR ALL ANIMALS1 Mile West ofGrantsville, WV304-532-2174304-354-7014to rub together. Every penny wehad was put into the business. Wedidn’t know a soul in Elkins. It waseither succeed or starve. But I wasexcited - - having my own businesswas a lifelong dream. I wasn’t goingto fail!”Marlea worked side-by-side withJim for the next 12 years. MarleaBrad Fortner hooked a big catfishat this pay lake. Photo courtesy of CatfishParadise near Marietta, Ohio.made her schedule bend aroundthe boys schooling and parentalneeds. She and Jim would take theboys to the river every chance theyhad. And the boys enjoyed beingaround the store during businesshours. This especially pleased Jimas he wanted to pass the businesson to them at some point in time.Wheeler proved to be a true visionaryin the retail business. Herealized that Elkins was the hub ofjust about everything that had todo with the “outdoors world.” Heforesaw a market to sell hunting andfishing supplies on a large scale tothe public. He received a commitmentfrom his youngest son, Brian,to strive towards this goal.Through the 1970’s and 80’sWheeler’s was a very successfulenterprise. Jim had learned thatto succeed in the retail businessrequired long hours, wise buying,competitive pricing and a completeknowledge of your products.By the early 90’s Wheeler’s SportingGoods had outgrown its location.Jim bought property on Route33 East in Elkins. The Wheelerssold the store including the apartment.They bought a home and in1995 Wheeler built a new 8000 sq.ft., two story building.The new facility opened in October,1995. The 4000 sq. ft. mailfloor showroom was chock full ofbrand name hunting and fishingsupplies.First time shoppers at the newcontinue to the next pageJunior Golden went to Florida forthis big bass. Photo courtesy of MiddleMountain Sporting Goods in Elkins.Parker’s Safe Sales80 to 90In StockIn Home Delivery - Up or DownTri-States Largest Safe DistributorS & G Certified LocksmithSince 1958 - New WVU Safes740-484-4572Exit 208 I-70 S. on SR 149-2.7 MilesBelmont, OhioMurray’sLures & Trapping SuppliesJune 2012 ~ Page 25304-275-TRAPwww.murrayslures.comUPS Service AvailableTrapping • Lure Scents • Oils • Urine • Traps • TriggersBaseplates • T-bar Springs • Links • Trapline SuppliesTrap Holders • Trap Bedder • Trap Tags • Snaring BooksFleshing Tool • Push Pins • Sure Locks • Boots & ClothingGame Calling Supplies • Assorted Books • Videos and Much MoreHawbaker • Carman’s • Burkhart’s • Sleepy Creek • Duke • BridgerCall or Visit Our Website - Shipments Will Be Sent UPS


store were dazzled when theycame through the doors. Beforethem were aisle after aisle of wellstocked merchandise. Some wouldbrowse for an hour or more. Jimsays with a wry smile, “Customerswould tell me they felt like kids ina candy store.”In that era one of Wheeler’s bestselling merchandise was blackpowder products. Pistols, longrifles, black powder and powderhorns. Wheeler says, “We werethe largest Tradition brand distributorin the state. We stocked over400 muzzleloaders and in excess of300 powder horns. We also had 87numbers of reloading powder onhand. We were ready for the seriousblack powder enthusiast.”The upstairs 4000 sq. ft. was usedfor inventory.Let’s get back to Marlea (we’dbest not let the Big Boss linger toolong in the background!). Afterworking next to her husband from1972 to 1984, Marlea had a secretyearning of her own. She desiredto have her own retail business - -more specifically, a ladies apparelstore.Hillbilly Hunting BeaglesAKC Pups & Hunting DogsGarmin GPS • Diamond Deluxe • Tri-TronicsKing • Easy Loader • Vinyl Flooring Wire For KennelsDavid Dewees (304) 545-3820 Curt Casto (304) 988-0482GROVE MARINEFinancing Available~ Your Full Service Dealer ~2178 Fishers Ridge, Kenna, WV 25248“The boys were old enough to helpJim. I had $12,000 seed moneysaved up. To be completely honest,it was just going to be a hobby. Wewere pretty much financially secureby then. So I had Jim’s blessing togive it a go.”It would turn out Marlea was a visionaryin her own right. She foresawa need for a “moderate to better”quality apparel store in Elkins.She found a small empty buildingin a strip mall just off Elkins’busy north-south five-lane. Shesigned a lease and named her store:Marlea’s. She stocked her storewith brand name clothing such asColumbia, Woolrich and Tribal.It was a success almost from thestart. “I had absorbed so much retailknowledge working with Jimthat it was easy - - no breaking instress, just fun. Elkins did indeedhave a demand for a cut above apparel.”Marlea soon outgrew this buildingand leased the one right nextdoor that had two stories and morethan triple square footage as herold store.The new store was too much tohandle for one person, so Marleahired what would prove to be herGirl Friday, Lynda Stottlemeyer.“Lynda has now been with me for16 years. She knows the businessupside-down and sideways, andshe’s a worrier. I tease her for worrying,but I couldn’t do withoutcontinue to the next page9am to 5pm M-FSat 10am to NoonCole Braskey, 8 years old, shot hi1st bird. Photo courtesy of CardinalPawnbrokers in Beckley.June 2012 ~ Page 26OMCmerCruiserVolvo PentaMinn KotaEvinrudeMercuryTohatsu304-547-50447 MILES EAST OF WHEELING TUNNELSMIDDLE CREEK ROADTriadelphia, WV


her.”Back to Jim and Brian. Wheeler’swas also finding more successas time went on. In the early2000’s Jim leased out his 8000 sq.ft. building and built a new 12,200sq. ft. structure on his own propertyright next door to the old store.Since moving into the new locationWheeler’s has flourished,mainly with the addition of a couplenew lines of products.Jim says, “Eight years ago, Wal-Mart made a corporate decision tostop selling hand guns in its locationsnationwide. A light bulb wentoff in my head.”Wheeler was not required to have afederal firearms permit to sell blackpowder muzzleloaders, but wouldneed one in order to sell firearms.So he acquired a firearms licenseand promptly ordered 87 pistolsand rifles. Since that initial orderhe bought 8000 pistols, shotgunsand rifles - - and sold over 7000.Presently they keep 1400 firearmsin stock at all times.Around the same time as the firearmstransition, Brian had been dabblingin automobile sound systems.This was on a personal basis as hehad trouble finding equipment forJerrad Terral hooked a smallmouthbass. Photo courtesy of PC Bait & Tacklein Hinton.NEW 17 Pitch - 4 BladeMichigan BrandStainless PropellerAnd Hubs• Ideal 70 to 135 HPCALL 304-482-7217WILL DELIVER $275his own use. Soon after, the retailmantra of supply and demand tookover. At first Brian ran his sidelinebusiness out of his home. FatherJim was so impressed with Brian’ssuccess that he ask him to moveeverything into the new store.Presently 1800 sq. ft. of the mainstore showroom of 6100 sq. ft. isWheeler’s Audio. Brian carries topline sound systems which includeRockford, Fosgate and MemphisCar Radio.In 2004, Jim told Marlea, “I’mtired of you paying rent. I’m goingto build you a new two-story storeconiinue to the page 33REELSRODSPC BAIT & TACKLEHUGE SELECTION OF LIVE BAITMinnows- Hellgramites - Lizards - WormsGoldfish - Shiners - Meal & Wax Worms - MoreTackle By: Warden • Super Duper • Strike KingBerkley • Mepps • Owner • Zoom • Yum • GamakatsuTru-Turn • Zoom • Trout Magnet • Eagle Claw • DaiwaCabin Creek • Shakespeare • St. Croix • Zebco • CaseUgly Stik • Gitzit • Rebel • Heddon • Rapala & More!Archery Bows & Supplies • Musky Tackle • Marine Products250 Greenbrier Drive - HINTON, WVGreenbrier ChaletsOn The Greenbrier Riverwww.greenbriercabins.com304-466-3536Pipestem Country CampgoundsOn Rt. 20www.pipestemcamping.com304-466-9121PC Bait & Tackle 304-466-1444June 2012 ~ Page 27New Building Tin3’ x 8’ - $12 per Sheet263’ x 10’ - $14.25 per Sheet3’ x 12’ - $16.75 per Sheet Ga.All Types of New & Used SteelSquare Tubing & PipesPlywood O.S.B. T-1113/4 - $23 3/4 - $22 5/8 - $261/2 Rubber - $16 Roofing 5/8 - $19Cut To SizeLuan - $9.2512’ - $17 10’- $14 8’ - $122x4 2x6 2x8 2x10 All SizesWe Buy GinsengCopper • Brass • Iron& Other MetalsRRHAMCORt. 2 Box 484Grafton, WV 304-265-0026Stocking Treated LumberPrices Subject To ChangeWE BUY SCRAP METALReese Bonnett, from Mt. Nebo,hooked 2 nice smallmouth bass.LIVEBAIT


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cattycorner to us.”In 2005, the new 3500 sq. ft.building was ready for business.Marlea’s cash register looks rightout at Wheeler’s parking lot. “Hedid that so I can tell when he’s reallybusy so I can come over to help.The only problem is he doesn’treciprocate.” Marlea laughs. Jimconfirms, “I know nothing aboutwomen’s clothes.”When asked about the secret ofWheeler’s success, Jim reflects andfinally says, “Well, besides longhours and hard work and attentionto detail, I do have a little secret.For the last several years wheneverwe receive a shipment - - nomatter whether it’s big or small, Icut a check to the supplier the nextday. This keeps our suppliers veryYoung Jordan Bender hooked severaltrout. Photo courtesy of Sure CatchFish Farm in Elkins.Catfish/Trout304-636-1278Open Fri/Sat 9am to DarkSat to 12am CatfishingSun 12:30pm to DarkSure CatchFish Farm5 Miles North OfELKINS,WVOld Rt. 219Stalnaker Rd.2 PONDSOpen WeekdaysBy AppointmentHOLMES MARKET 304-845-0502Complete Convenience Store • Beer • BeveragesHot Dogs • Snacks & More“Where You Get Great In-Town Service...Out Of Town”ROBERTS RIDGE RD. OFF RT. 2MOUNDSVILLE, WVGAME CHECKINGhappy and allows us to take advantageof bulk deals, price breaksand when anything new comesalong our suppliers will contact usfirst about the feasibility of a particularproduct being a big seller- - ground floor stuff. Also, a fullybacked up inventory is a must inour business. No one likes to specialorder a product if we’re out ofstock. The Wal-Mart proven way- - keep those shelves stocked fulland up high.”Marlea has a niche not too manycontinue to the next pageJune 2012 ~ 33Fred Dennison, from Canvas, killeda 345 pound black bear - his 1st.Elza’s Cycle & ATVSales & ServiceFor All Makes and Models:Honda - Suzuki - Arctic CatPolaris - Yamaha - KawasakiCan-Am & MoreSales Of:SuperMachATV • UTVYouth ModelsFishing TackleLIVE BAIT• Minnows • Wax Worms• Green & Regular Nightcrawlers• Meal Worms & MoreTrout MagnetsLeland Lures& MoreAmerican RacerDirt TrackRenegade FuelWPS • MSREBC • HJCMaxxis • Dunlopand More1023 Beverly PikeELKINS, WV304-617-2100www.supermach.com


people in Elkins are aware. Shecarries a full line of quality men’sclothing. She says, “It doesn’tmuch matter if men in the area areunawares - - their wives and girlfriendsbuy their clothing anyhow.Men just don’t shop.” Having beenmarried over 50 years and fallingwell into the category of “seniorcitizens” has not steered either ofthem into thoughts of retirement.Jim sums it up, “We both lovewhat we’re doing. If and when itever gets to the point we don’t, thenthat’s the time to consider hangingit up. I love this business so much Iam up at 5 am every morning. I goto the store shortly afterwards andwork on the books. Then I roam theisles and make gut decisions aboutwhat to order. I am energized everyday of my working life.”Wheeler’s and Marlea’s are undoubtedlytwo of the most successfulretail businesses in the bustlingElkins area, called the Gateway tothe Potomac Highlands.And yet neither businesses - -wait please - - don’t tell me - - yes,neither one uses a computer in theirbusiness! They do it the old fashionway, and do it very well, thankyou! They don’t even have one athome.TYGART LAKEPOROPERTY464 Acres2 1/2 Miles WaterfrontCity Water TimberGreat LocationBarbour County$1,300,000304-457-1869CRISS SALES & SERVICEJune 2012 ~ Page 34(304)472-1474HusqvarnaShindaiwa & MoreLawn & GardenSaws & TrimmersOLD WESTON ROADBUCKHANNON,WVGLADY FORK ARCHERYElite • Bowtech • Diamond • Hoyt • AlpineBowtuning - Custom Arrows – Accessories30 Years ExperienceCarharttClothingGuns • Ammo – Scopes – Targets2539 Glady Fork Road3.8 Miles Off I-79 Exit 96 - Turn LeftWESTON, WV 304-269-6292Yes, this family affair has comefull-circle, or at least full-cattycorner.Margeret Byers hooked a 34” carpPhoto courtesy of Three Rivers Edge inHinton..PSE ARCHERY• Live Bait • Licenses • Game Check • Guns & AmmoRod and Reel Repair Service Joy Dog FoodHours: 9 to 9 Daily 304-445-2551Just a few minutes off I-64 in Alderson, WVPawnServiceWaterfrontSporting GoodsRiverview MotelOverlooking The Beautiful Greenbrier River304-445-2550Mon-Fri-Sat10-5Tue-Wed-Thur3-9VisaMastercardDiscoverAcceptedEli Prehoda, from Beverly, shot abig gobbler.ROCKYBOOTSBassProShop


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T&T GUN SHOPGUNS • AMMO • ACCESSORIESSWAROVSKIScopesReloading Supplies - Powder - Primers - Bullets - Dies & More304-472-AMMOJolynne AdditionBUCKHANNON, WVtube can be greatly affected by theposition of the jig head inside thebody. With the jig head pushed allthe way forward, tubes tend to fallfaster with less spiral. To slow thefall and increase the amount of spiral,position the jig head back fromthe “nose” of the tube.While tubes appeal greatly tolargemouth bass, they may be evenmore preferred by smallmouth andspotted bass. Virtually all smallmouthenthusiasts consider tubesto be a primary lure in their tacklebox.For added attraction, anglers inserta variety of items into the bodyof a tube. Alka Seltzer tablets arebroken into pieces and inserted inorder to create bubbles and a fizzingeffect when exposed to the water.It’s also popular to soak a cottonball in fish attractant to enablethe attractant to slowly ooze outof the tube’s body. Styrofoam canbe added to make a tube float highwhen Carolina rigged or fished onthe surface. And of course, rattlesare commonly inserted, especiallywhen fishing stained water orKOWAOptimed Spotting Scopesheavy cover.A casting spoon can be greatly enhancedby inserting it into the bodyof a tube, then adding a swivel byrunning the snap through the wallsof the tube and the line tie at thetop of the spoon. This increases theaction, adds buoyancy and createsa soft textured lure that can be casta great distance. The same can bedone to improve the performanceof a jigging spoon.Bass anglers have, at times, beenknown to remove the silicone orChris Newell shot a gobbler. Photocourtesy of Crooked Creek Archery in Williamstown.UNCLE TOM’S LOANSBUY • SELL • TRADE • PAWNAchery SpecialistsMatthews • Parker • PSENew & Used GunsRt. 10 - Cook ParkwayOCEANA, WV304-682-5002GAME CHECKINGrubber skirt from a spinnerbait andreplace it with a tube.Tubes can also be rigged weightlessand worked across the top ofweed beds or fished just below thecontinue to the next pageThe Leather Shop- Booth 132 -Alligator Jack’s Flea Market• WIll Custom FitFull-Grain Leather Belts(Cut to Size)• Leather Chain Wallets• Leather Fanny Pouches• Nylon Gun Holsters• talian Charms• 8.5 oz Cofee 25 cents16 oz. 50 cents• Diabetic SocksFRI - SAT & SUNDAYwww.afleamarketstore.com41300 Laurel Cliff Rd.POMEROY, OHIOConvenience Store • Movie RentalsBoat & RV Supplies • SouveniersGame Checking Station • HardwareLazy Acres Mart1/2 Mile fromAudra State Park in WV304-472-4279 LIVE BAITJune 2012~ Page 36We Buy, Selland Trade19 East Main St.White Sulphur Springs, WVOpen: 10-5 Tues.-Fri. 9-1 Sat.Closed on Sunday & MondayLarge SelectionNew & Used GunsRt. 60 E. Main St.Mtn. GunPhone304-536-36061st TrafficLightWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVEffeciciency • 1 & 2 Bedroom Apts. • Commercial RentalsBank


surface buck with in a the bow same and arrow manner during as asoft the jerkbait. archery season, which beganOct. The 1. latest When craze confronted in tubes involves with thepitching evidence and of the flipping bullet, the the youth larger allegedly5-inch admitted versions to in have heavy been cover. par-4-andSeveral ticipating manufacturers in Youth Hunting offer large Day,flippin’ Oct. 29, tubes when with he took a solid the plastic buckhead with to his accommodate 30/30 rifle from Texas a tree andCarolina stand. Only rigging antlerless or for deer threading mayonto be taken a jig legally head. with a rifle duringYouth While Hunting very effective Day. He also at attractinedlystrikes, admitted many to checking anglers complain the deeralleg-about in as a missing bow kill bites before and taking losing it fish toon Texas-rigged tubes. The largeamount of plastic tends to “ball up”in the bend of the hook, preventingthe hook point from fully penetratingthe plastic. To address thisproblem, Oldham Lures recentlydesigned a heavy-duty tube lurejig head that features a fiber weedguard and a Gamakatsu flippin’hook. When rigged, the jig headis concealed inside the body of thetube. The quality hook enables anglersto use heavy line in combinationwith their jig rod when flippingtubes to heavy cover. Oldham’snew flippin’ jig head is fitted withthe screwlock attachment and isperfectChip Grovesfor flippingusedtubesa bowandforotherthisWood Co. buck. Photo courtesy oftypes of soft plastics in grass.Crooked Creek Archery in Williamstown.The fiber weed guard on these jigheads can be customized for everysituation. When flipping heavy coversuch as brush or standing timber,the fibers of the weed guard can bespread out in a fan or V-shape. Agood bit of the weed guard can beremoved when fishing weed bedsor sparse cover.Tubes have an application to fitalmost any fishing situation. Withvirtually unlimited rigging andpresentation options, they deservea top shelf location in every bassangler’s tackle box.Keith Lawrence arrowed this wideracked buck. Photo courtesy of Bow-Listic www.wvasportsman.netArchery in Chelyan.the taxidermist for mounting. of 15 inches. The replacementThe juvenile was cited ADVERTISE for the fee IN for THE a trophy buck of this sizefollowing violations: killing deer is $1,000. The case is pending inW. VA. SPORTSMANduring closed season, illegal possessionof wildlife, and improper where he may face additional finesHarrison County Magistrate Court,• DISTRIBUTED TO OVER 200 LOCATIONS• 21 YEARS IN BUSINESSchecking of game. Examination of and court costs.• TARGET MARKET TO OUTDOOR PEOPLEthe deer head/neck determined it to All suspects are innocent untilDETAILS ON PAGE 3be a 10-point with an antler spread proven guilty in a court of law.MOUNTAIN STATE LOG HOMES“Your Path To Affordable Log Home Living”Why Choose Mountain State Log Homes? Providing Quality Log Home Materials since 1978 FREE House Package Delivery in WV and BorderingStates FREE Unloading at Your Site FREE Quotes and Custom Designing MILL Detail Construction Manual, with Purchase DIRECT Kiln Dried White Pine Log Choices PRICES! Milled Locally, in Jane Lew, WVD-Logs 6”x 6”,6”x 8”,8”x 8”Log Siding 6”, 8” , 12”Douglas Fir BeamsJANE LEW MODELS OPEN DAILY 9am-5pm800.553.3006 Other Hours by Apt. 304.884.6646Located in the Industrial Park, 1-79 exit 105EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE!June Hunting 2012~ 2011 Page ~ Page 37 37Dove Tail Log 6”x 12”T/G 1”x 6”, 2”x 6”Cedar Posts and RailingPO BOX 679, 208 Display Drive, Jane Lew, WV 26378Visit us on the web at www.mountainstateloghomes.comor Email us at info@mountainstateloghomes.netOPEN


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