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Vol. 1 Issue 162 September 2006FallFishingFLWNewsOutdoor PhotosDNRUpdates

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Rt. 33 EastElkins, WV 26241636-7878LIVE BAITDOUBLE AA ROUNDUPOpen 24 HoursLegal BeveragesSnacks • Deli SandwichesHunting & Fishing SuppliesAmmunition • Game CheckWV Hats - Shirts - SouvenirsBrown - Itʼs DownOnce the state of West Virginiaopened the first two weeks of buckseason into a season of harvestingeither a buck or doe, the seasonbecame known as “Brown ItʼsDown” season by many hunters.Unfortunately, with the first twoweeks of hunting season now beingthe “Brown Itʼs Down” season, toomany deer are being harvested andtoo many of those deer are youngbucks being checked in as anterlessdeer, which undoubtedly is a largereason why the buck harvest is downduring the season.The preliminary data that theDepartment of Natural Resourceshas collected shows that the 2005harvest was down twelve percentfrom the 2004 harvest. The 2004buck season produced 63,873 deeras opposed to the 56,347 deer thatwere harvested during 2005. Hunterswith the proper stamps andlicenses could also participate in theconcurrent antlerless deer huntingopportunities during the two-weekbuck hunting season in 4l counties,MOUNTAIN BOYTURKEY CALLSChevronGasBy Todd Zickafooseor portions thereof. In this earlyportion of the 2005 antlerless deerhunting season, 27,790 deer wereharvested as opposed to the 2004season harvest of 44,297 deer. Thisrepresented a 37 percent declineduring the early antlerless deer huntingseason.This decline in the number ofbucks harvested during the twoweekbuck season has been creditedto a number of things, such aspoor mast in the woods and a largenumber of winter kill, whereas thedecline in the number of antlerlessdeer harvested was reported to be adirect result of more conservativedeer hunting regulations, along withthere being fewer counties that wereopen to antleress deer huntingThe Department of Natural Resourcesalso credits the fact thatthere was a reduced bag limit inmany areas. The DNR claims thatthe decline in this yearʼs buck killis a result of their efforts to reducecontinue to the next page Gun & PawnStony Run RoadBuckhannon, WV304-472-1588We Accept Major Credit CardsBut • Sell • TradeMarty Spurlock, from Ashton,bagged this big 8 point last year.ZZʼs TruckAccessoriesPickup, Van & SUVAccessoriesRt. 33 East OfBuckhannon, WVAt Childers Run RoadAccessory PaintingAnd Installation304-472-6445White’s NarcoticAnd Detector DogsSchool For Dogs870 DIVIDE RIDGEKENNA,WVWV’s Finest304-372-5988Pro Dog Trainers CourseDog TrainingSeminars -"Business Goes Where Invited -Stays Where Appreciated"Colonial Hotel - MotelHunters & FishermenWelcomeTV & ACFree Parking304-472-3000 Center of City24 N. Kanawha St.Buckhannon, WV 26201Sept.. 2006 ~ Page 4Dalton Cutright, ownerConvenience Store • Movie RentalsBoat & RV Supplies • SouveniersGame Checking Station • HardwareLazy Acres Mart1/2 Mile fromAudra State Park in WV304-472-4279 LIVE BAIT

27 Yrs. ExperienceCustom Made ArrowsBow Tuning•Morell TargetsStands • AccessoriesGlady Fork ArcheryHoyt - McPherson - BowTech - Bear JenningsPearson In Stock RecurvesWe Accept Major Credit CardsI-79 to Exit 96, Left 3.7 MilesWESTON, WV 269-6292Mon.- Fri.-Sat 10-5 Tues. Wed. Thu. 3-9Near Stonewall Jackson Lake304-884-6561“Quality WorkAt AReasonableRate”of deer in regions of the state thatare considered to be over-populated,according to their White-TailedDeer Operational Plan.In this hunterʼs opinion, it is plainto see that the real reason the numberof deer harvested statewide isdecreasing is that we do not havethe deer. The reason we do not havethe deer is that people are killingtoo many, along with some of thereasons that the DNR states. Evenwith this yearʼs “reduced” bag limit,a hunter could kill approximatelyeight deer. With this early seasonantlerless hunt coinciding with thebuck season, a lot of young bucksand button bucks are getting shotbecause they are being mistakenfor antlerless deer. Therefore, at thecurrent rate, the stateʼs deer populationcould very well be down tonothing in just a number of years.It is apparent to this hunter thatwe need to go back to separatingantlerless and antlered hunting season,as well as reduce the amount ofantlerless deer a hunter may harvest.Antlerless season might even besuspended for a year or two, in orderto give the population a chanceto rebuild in some areas; however,it has been apparent to me that the4 PondsOPEN7 Days A WeekCabin & CamperRentalschances for separating antlerlessand antlered season during the firsttwo-weeks of hunting season are notvery good, according to a DNR officer.One of the main reasons is therevenue the state collects from outof-statehunters who come to WestVirginia to hunt. The main reasonthe state runs these seasons togetheris that if an out-of-state hunter doesnot kill a buck at first, he can at leastkill a doe before having to leave.As long as the out-of-state hunter isable to obtain meat for his freezer,that hunter will continue to return toWest Virginia to hunt, which meansmore money for the state.Another reason, according to theDNR preliminary data for the 2005season, is that deer populations exceededmanagement objectives inseven counties.According to Frank Jezioro, thedirector of the Division of NaturalResources, the stateʼs deer managementprogram is designed to beresponsive to the changing populationconditions and can be adjustedannually to regulate the number ofdeer harvested. Henceforth, theBrown Itʼs Down” season will remainin effect until the DNR feelsthat the state has the proper numberFamily Fishing & CampingCatfish - Bass - Trout - BluegillCamping Daily or Year Round~ We Now Have Hybrid Striped Bass ~Rt. 50 Between Bridgeport & Grafton304-265-1000 Rt. 2 Box 290 Grafton, WV 26354Sept.. 2006 ~ Page 5Game HeadsRugsTurkeysLife Size MountsNoveltiesEuropean MountsJANE LEW,WVeMail toms_ taxidermy@msn.comof deer.Editors Note: High gasoline pricesmay also have had an adverse effecton hunting hours last season.This 6 point was shot by MikeMueller . Photo courtesy of Ridge RunnerProductions in Wood County.FLINTLOCK'SSporting GoodsGuns • Ammo • Knives • Kids CamoBerkley Power Bait • Casto FliesSuper Dupers • Trout MagnetsOVER 400 GUNS IN STOCK• Muzzleloaders • Parker Bows• Archery Supplies• Used BowsKingwood PlazaKingwood, WV304-329-2377WV GiftsLive Plants

Tri - LakesRt. 19 Walkersville, WVEasy Access to Stonewall JacksonStonecoal & Burnsville Lake304-452-8870AMMOCamp Sites - Full Hook-UpsGasLIVE BAITChalets - Call For ReservationsGAME CHECKINGEat-In or Carry Out Food - PizzaFISHING SUPPLIES Hoagies-Subs-Burgers-Beverages - MoreBLACKPOWDER SUPPLIES eMail: trilakesbp@yahoo.comTwin Lakes Camper SalesRt. 33 East of WestonTurn Left Exit 99 - I-79WESTON,WV 304-269-335712,000 Lb. HitchesAs Low As $99Sept. 2006 ~ Page 66am to 10pm M-Thur6am to 11pm Sat9am to 10pm SunKeeping Game Birds HealthyBy Ralph RussellFEDERAL VALLEYPHEASANT FARM16171 E. KASLER CR. ROADAmesville, Ohio 45711HUNTING PRESERVESeason OpenSept. 1For Questions andReservationsCall: 740-448-6747Gene and Roseanna HinesWe hear through the news mediaabout Avian Influenza (AI), or“bird flu “, and how it is spreadingthroughout the world. AI spreadsquickly from bird-to-bird contact,and migratory birds can spread thecontagious disease over hundredsof miles as they travel. There is notmuch a bird farmer can do about migratorybirds, but you can try to keepyour birds away from other birds,such as other bird farmerʼs flocks.Be sure to have any new birds testedfor Avian influenza before addingthem to your flock.It is a law in the State of WestVirginia that all birds imported intothe state must have an official healthcertificate, signed by a licensedveterinarian in the state from whichthey came. Also, a wildlife importationpermit, from the Division ofNatural Resources, is required beforebirds or eggs are to be shipped.If importing eggs or game birds, aNational Poultry Improvement Plancertificate and an Avian influenza(AI) health certificate must also accompanythis form.Whom do you contact if youhave sick birds in your flock, andthey start dying? The main personyou need to talk to is the state vet,Dr. Bill Casto, who can be reachedthrough the Department of Agriculture,in Charleston, W. Va, or at theWVDA Poultry Health laboratory inMoorefield, W. Va. After you havecontacted him, he will usually cometo your location and take samples ofyour birds for testing. The sampleswill be tested for Avian influenzaand Exotic Newcastle disease at theWVDA Animal Health Diagnosticlaboratory in Charleston, or at thelaboratory in Moorefield.In most cases, it takes from a fewdays to a week or more to get the resultsback. After you have obtainedthe test results and the state vet hasBRUSHY FORK MARTBrushy Fork RoadBuckhannon, WV(1.3 Miles From US Rt. 33)Gasoline LiveGas DieselBaitKeroseneWV Lottery & PowerballFishing SuppliesKnives - Novelty ItemsM-S 6am-12pm Sun 8am-10pm304-472-5132determined your birds do not haveanything contagious, that will beabout all the help you get.You will then need to find a gamebird vet or a laboratory that specializesin game birds. It has been myexperience that finding a game birdvet in West Virginia is difficult, althoughmost vets will look at yourbirds and take your case. Findingthe cause of your birds being sickcan result in a lot of time and money;therefore, the faster you can getyour birds well, the better off youcontinue to the next pageAn unusual big head carp wascaught at the Hannibal Dam. Photocourtesy of J & R Sporting Goods inShinnston.CenturyToppersNew Campers In StockSandpiperWildwoodRockwood

will be. The best place to find helpis at a laboratory that specializes ingame birds. The State of West Virginiahas a poultry laboratory thatcan diagnosis your game birds, butthey donʼt specialize in them.Probably one of the best gamebird laboratories in the country isat Penn State University. If youwant to get quick results, this is thelaboratory you need to use. Theperson you need to contact is Dr.Eva Wallner-Pendleton, and she canbe reached at Penn State by calling(8l4) 863-0837 and asking for theAnimal Diagnostic Lab.I have sent samples to this laboratoryand received the results the nextday. They also advised me of whatmedicines I should use to treat thebirds. This lab will give you quickresults at a low cost, with the highestcost being in shipping the samplesby overnight express. I hope thisinformation will help you keephealthy game birds and get your sickbirds better.White Oak Game Farm, Ellamore,W. Va.On The Internet George, from Walker,caught this trout at Seneca Rocks.Are you passionateabout Hunting & Fishing?Turn your passion into a Part-TIme businessor Full-Time home based business.For Information Call:Call Alan Shreves at(304) 669-1234Taylor Foley caught a 29” carp.Photo courtesy of Richmondʼs Store inSandstone.www.wvasportsman.netNow On The InternetGrowler Jacket - Weatherproof/Breathable. Extremely quietoutershell that is lightweightElastic cuff & bottom hem.Streets Ace HardwareRoute 7DEALER LOGOAND TEXT HERE.MASONTOWN, WV304-864-5231HUNTING - FISHING - HARDWAREGROCERIES - LUMBERKevin Taber (left) harvested thisPope and Young archery bear inQuebec with Team Buckhorn. Photocourtesy of Team Buckhorn in Princeton.See us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2006 ~ Page 7

Largemouth Bass Stocked In Woodrum LakeThe Division of Natural Resourcesstocked more than 5,000 largemouthbass fingerlings into WoodrumLake during the last weekof July, according to Bret Preston,Assistant Chief of the WildlifeResources Section. The bass thatWoodrum Lake received ranged insize from two to six inches.The Jackson County lake wasdrained completely in 2005 as theresult of damage done to a lowergate during a routine inspection.During the following winter theU.S. Department of Agriculture repairedthe gate and the lake beganto fill in late March. It currentlyneeds about four additional feet ofwater to be completely full.“So far this year Woodrum has receivedbluegill, fat head minnowsand largemouth bass,” Prestonsaid. “Other species that will be introducedinclude muskie and channelcatfish, which may be stockedthis fall.”While the lake was dry the DNR,with assistance from Muskies Inc.and B.A.S.S. members, took severalsteps to jump-start the developingfishery. “Last fall, approximately6,000 pounds of winter wheatseed, purchased by the NRCS, wasplanted along several sites withinthe dry lakebed,” Preston said.“During March, aquatic vegetationwas also planted.”Hundreds of soft stem bulrush,sago pondweed, and arrowheadplants were introduce in two areas.06 QuadFair ad slick B&W 7/27/06 3:32 PM Page 1To minimize loss of the developingplants, fences were constructedaround the planted areas. “Thesesites are located in two upper areasof Woodrum Lake and it is hopedthat these plants will supply seedsources for other areas within thelake. Anglers should note that becauseof the low water, only smallboats can be launched at the boatramp. Woodrum Lake is located insouthern Jackson County approximatelyfive miles east of Kenna.Send In Your BigFish Photos For2006.Details & Form AreOn Page 18 OfThis IssueQuadFair 2006 is the perfect time to get thatSuzuki ATV you have had your eye on! ComeQuadFair 2006 is the perfect time to get thatdown to your Suzuki dealer and check outSuzuki ATV their you award-winning have had line your of Sports eye on! 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State State Record GarBowfin CaughtA West Virginia state record longnosegar was caught by Mr. ShelbyA state record bowfin was caughtSearls of Henderson , according toby Matt Stender of Barboursville,the Division of Natural Resources.according to Frank Jezioro, Directorof the Division of Natural Re-Searls caught the 52.25-inch, 16.42-pound fish from the Kanawha Rivsources.Stender caught the 28.43-er in Mason County on August 20,inch, 9-pound, 4-ounce fish from2006 , using a creek chub for bait.the backwater areas of the Ohio atSearlsʼ catch establishes a new WestGreen Bottom Wildlife ManagementArea in Cabell County onVirginia record for length. The previouslength record for longnoseJuly 5, 2006 using fresh shad forgar was a 50.63-inch fish caughtbait. Stenderʼs catch establishesby Brian Klug from Fish Creek ina new West Virginia record for2003. The current weight recordweight. The previous weight recordfor longnose gar still stands atfor bowfin was a 7.66-pound fish19.08-pounds (50.5-inch), caughtcaught by Carl A. Jaegar, III from aby Michael Shan Casey. Caseyʼspond in Berkeley County. The previouslength record of 32.25 inchescaught by Donald E. Newcomb,III still stands as the West Virginiabowfin length record.“The backwater areas of the fish was caught in 1993, also fromOhioLooking For Hard To Find Guns & Ammo?Come To Wheelers!WHEELER’S SPORTSElkins, WV - (304) 636-3430Areaʼs Largest StockOf Guns & AmmoLarge Selection Of Thompsonʼs Center Arms EncoreRifles, Muzzleloaders & PistolsOver1,200 GunsIn Stockthe at Green Kanawha Bottom, River .major embayments,“Most and large major waterbodies tributaries in of thestate Ohio contain are all good longnose spots gar to try popu-forlations. bowfin during The Kanawha, the late spring the Ohioandand summer,” the backwater according areas to Jeff associatedHansbarger,these Assistant large District rivers are Fisheries greatwith places Biologist. to start when attemptingto Anglers catch a large who gar,” believe according that they toZack Brown , District Fisheries Biologist.Anglers who believe that theyOver 200Extra BarrelsIn Stockhave caught a state record fishshould check the record listing inthe 2006 Fishing Regulations brochure.The brochure also outlinesthe procedure to follow for reportingtheir catch. This informationis also available online at 24 pound flathead catfish wasBud caught and by Alex Josh Kocher, Murray. from Belpre,PhotoOhio, courtesy had of recent Starcherʼs success Sport with Shop twoinnice Lubeck. black bear taken in Ontario.CUSTOM ARROWSGold Tip CarbonAluminumJ & R SPORTINGGOODS & PAWNOne Block Off Main Street34 Rebecca StreetSHINNSTON,WV304-592-1302HUNTING - FISHING - ARCHERYBIG BUCK CONTESTNew Stevestate House,record fromgar Elkins,caught caughtbyShelby a 6 pound,Searls 2 oz.of Henderson.largemouth bass. NewRoss BowsFull Selection Of Hunting AccessoriesAll Forms OfOff Of 460 Halls Ridge Road1/4 Mile East Of WalMartPRINCETON, WV304-431-2825Aug. Sept. 2006 2006 ~ Page ~ Page 9 9TROPHY HUNTSTexas - Nebraska - Wyoming - CanadaVery High Success RateDeer - Exotics - Bear - Moose - ElkTurkey - Hogs - Antelope - Varmintswww.goldenruleoutfitters.comHunt Now Pay LaterMajor Credit Cards AcceptedTAXIDERMYWe Book HuntsSpring Black Bear-Deer-Elk-Caribou

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my little Bass Tracker to be returnedno worse for the wear. I thought,“Maybe I can teach this “TV fisherman”a thing or two about thisgame!”We started the day early right inthe middle of Charleston which inmy way of thinking is some of thebest fishing on the river. I tied on myfavorite grub for smallies and Clarencestarted with a tube so big thatit resembled a shredded inner tube.I thought, “Well, it looks like I mayhave been right. No self-respectingsmallmouth bass would ever considereating that wad of plastic!”One of the worst tasting substanceson the face of the Earth is Crow!And I ate a lot of it that day. Theman was a magician with a rodand reel. He caught bass, all threespecies on baits that I would havenever used for carp. When we experienceda short lull in the action,he slid a chunk of plastic on his hookthat looked like a wad of bad bubblegum that had been stuck under thetable for a year. I thought, “This isit! Heʼs finally cracked!” This unholyconglomeration was cast nextto a willow that I had been poundingwith my grubs and “Wham”here he comes with a good keeperlargemouth!The only dish that goes with crowis humble pie and on that day Ioverate! Still, it was one of the bestdays I had ever had on the water.You see, Clarence is probably thebiggest-hearted guy Iʼve ever fishedwith. He is a big man, one that youwouldnʼt want to make angry, butYoung Patrick Gordon caught his1st catfish. Photo courtesy of JarrettʼsBait in Elizabeth.his personality spells “Teddy Bear”.There isnʼt a selfish bone in his bodyand would probably give you hisshirt if you asked him.I have several good tales of myother adventures with Clarence notto mention his Boone county jokes,where I hail from and kind of proudcontinue to the next pageDanny Frazier hooked a 5 pound, 2oz. smallmoouth bass. Photo courtesyof Three Riverʼs Edge in Hinton.WVʼS Oldest TRACKER MARINE DealerIs Now A New RANGER BOAT DealerMID - STATE MARINARoute 19 NorthSutton,wvPhone: (304) 765-7325 (800) 640-7329Sept. 2006 ~ Page 14SuzukiHondaYamahaATVʼs

"Get ready forfall hunting &trout season"KILE'S GROCERYGUNS - AMMO - CLOTHINGFISHING TACKLE - GROCERIESof it. Clarence is an ex-coal minerfrom McDowell County so the barbsfly from one end of the boat to theother. Good-natured kidding is aprerequisite for fishing with Clarenceso one must be ready for a lotof laughing as well as a good timewith the fishing.Clarence once told me after Irefused to unpack one of his nicerain ponchos during a downpourthat he had known chickens smarterthan me. I laughed so hard that therain didnʼt even matter. Anyway,those darn ponchos are harder thanroad maps to get folded back right.Maybe he does know some smartchickens!Located on Rt. 220UPPER TRACT, WV304-358-7321TROUTFISHINGSUPPLIESGoose Season OpenWest Virginiaʼs 2006-07 waterfowlseasons will begin September1 with the opening of the earlyCanada goose season, according toCurtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Divisionof Natural Resourcesʼ WildlifeResources Section.The 2006 September Canadagoose season will be open statewideSeptember 1 through September16. The daily bag limit is fiveCanada geese and the possessionlimit is 10. Shooting hours are 1/2hour before sunrise until sunset. Allother general waterfowl huntingregulations apply to the Septemberseason. Hunters must possessa federal waterfowl stamp and afree Harvest Information Program(HIP) registration card in additionto their regular hunting license.“Canada goose populations remainhigh and production wasgood this year so plenty of birdscontinue to the next page• 18 Fully Equipped Log Cabins• 2 Motels - Indoor Heated Pool• Log Cabins With Fireplace• Horseback Ride To Senaca Rocks• Indian Village With Tee Pees• General Store With Food & More• Campgrounds With Hook-Ups• Restaurant - Great Meals800-772-8342304-567-2352Seneca Rocks, WVhttp:/ Neff, from Mt. Nebo,caught a 19ʼ” catfish.Amos Hicks hooked a nice smallmouth.Photo courtesy of RichmondʼsStore in Sandstone.T&T Gun ShopJolynne Addition(off the Tallmansville Road)Buckhannon, WVGuns • Ammo •AccessoriesTURKEY HUNTING SUPPLIES4-8 Tu&Th12-6 Sat472-AMMOHUNTERʼS HAVENWhose Got Your Next Bow?NOW STOCKINGON THE 5 - LANEELKINS, WVSept. 2006 ~ Page 15.HOYTBOWTECHPARKER• Bow Repair• 70ʼ Practice Range• Complete Archery Shop• Custom Made Arrows & Repair• Fishing/Trapping Supplies - Live Bait304-636-9001

should be available,” Taylor advised.“However, even with largenumbers of geese, hunting can bedifficult. Canada geese are verywary and will quickly changetheir habits and feeding areas inresponse to hunting pressureor crop harvesting. Successfulhunters scout regularly, maintaingood relations with numerouslandowners and adjust their tactics.”Finally, waterfowl hunters are remindedof two important toll freenumbers. Federal waterfowl stampsmay be purchased with a creditcard by calling 1-800-Stamp24(782-6724). Hunters who harvesta banded bird may call 1-800-327-Band (2263) to report the bird andfind out when and where it wasbanded. Banded birds may also bereported online at (select bird banding lab)Youth Waterfowl & Squirrel HuntsYoung hunters will have two opportunitiesto get an early start onthe fall hunting seasons in WestVirginia this September. WestVirginiaʼs youth waterfowl hunthas been set for Saturday, September23, 2006, and the youth squirrelhunt is scheduled for Saturday,September 30, 2006, according toCurtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Divisionof Natural Resourcesʼ WildlifeResources Section.“These special youth hunts providean excellent opportunity to introduceyoungsters to the huntingheritage of West Virginians,” saidTaylor. “The mild days of early fallare a great time to be afield withyoung hunters and to pass on tothem the traditions of safe huntingand wildlife conservation.”Youth squirrel hunters must beless than 15 years of age on the dayof the hunt. Youth hunters do notcontinue to the next pageA 25 3/4” trout was caught by JeffKelly. Photo courtesy of Christyʼs TradingPost in Mt. Nebo.Advertise in theW. Va. SportsmanDetails on page 3Growler JacketWeatherproof/BreathableElastic Cuffs & BottomSports UnlimitedDEALER LOGO Great Value PlazaAND TEXTFRANKLIN, HERE. WV304-358-3265HUNTING - FISHINGCLOTHING - TROUT FLIESAn Ohio River 30 pound flatheadwas landed by John Murray. Photocourtesy of Starcherʼs Sport Shop in Lubeck.See us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2006 ~ Page 16

need hunting licenses; however,they must be accompanied by alicensed adult 21 years of age orolder. The supervising adult maynot hunt or carry a firearm or bowand must remain near enough tothe youth to render advice and assistance.The daily bag limit for thesquirrel hunt is the same as duringthe regular season (six).Youth who are less than 16 yearsof age on September 23, 2006 mayparticipate in the youth waterfowlhunt. Youth hunters, age 14 andunder, are not required to have ahunting license. Those who havereached their 15th birthday mustpossess a valid state hunting license(A, XJ, XXJ or A-L) and HIP registrationcard, or be a qualified residentlandowner. The youth must beaccompanied by a licensed adult atleast 21 years of age. Landownersover 15 years of age are required tocarry a valid federal duck stamp.For additional information, huntersshould check the 2006-2007West Virginia Hunting and TrappingRegulations and the 2006-2007 Migratory Bird HuntingRegulations. These publicationsare available at all license agents,DNR offices and the DNRʼs Website at .These youth hunts have been verysuccessful over the past years.West VirginiaHunting PropertiesWooded Hunting LandFOR SALEFor Info Call:330-359-5210www.wvhuntingland.com62 Acres - 3BR Home$89,000RV Sales of Crossroads RV - Zingers - Sunset TrailsLivin Lite All Aluminum Pop-Ups❋ RV & CAMPER RENTALS ❋Motor Homes & Travel TrailersCamping TripsFamily VacationsMake Your Reservation TODAYRon Midkiff bagged a coyote. Photocourtesy of Justinʼs Hunting & Fishingin Huntington.Growler PantsRain JacketWeatherproof/BreathableDEALER LOGO Route 119AND TEXT HERE.See us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comKANAWHA VALLEY RV3230 PENNSYLVANIA AV.CHARLESTON, WV304-546 -8975www.kanawhavalleyrv.comwww.KVRVrentals.comCarpenter’s General StoreSpencer, WV304-927-6024Hunting • Fishing • ConvenienceTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2006 ~ Page 17Danny VanMeter caught a 7 pound,6 oz. rainbow. Photo courtesy of KileʼsGrocery in Upper Tract.

GZLIARANOOYOTARGIMTBTOWRKLIAUQRCREKOMSNLMUOETFSNALUGACRAFWDAOWOSRLATNOSPREYMZARNLODKEAGLEOWNNOWQFLAIIRCUEOAACNTAARUORLZDACOKCYMTWOORCGLSLOZRTKCENKDYNBNLINGLEWUANWKARREWCASLWGILNPBCIBSMATONAWSFEOONDKLEPLKLTRABLMAEINEETALWSALRCEEOIREEHENVWUEINABKEDUHCNIFAPBAERANMEBVWTYAYIRGNILRATSGWORD SEARCHCardinal • Blackbird • Eggs • Feather • Drake • Nest • SwallowEagle • Pintail • Mallard • Falcon • Osprey • Migratory • DuckLoon • Woodcock • Bluejay • Hawk • Crow • Buzzard • TreeSSNLJNHFNACZSFEATHERENNEAMGOBBLEARKESONGNSULRUFFEDEEBEAKALTYKLBULWEYEKRUTERUTLUVSwan • Beak • Raven • Turkey • Gobble • Caw • Starling • FinchClip OutTRTINAREKODRIBKCALBAWren • Grouse • Hummingbird • Rail • Vulture • Song • GooseLook Up - Down - Across - DiagonallyBCHUMMINGBIRDODPMAHCIt's AlwaysHunting Season✫✫✫ At ✫✫✫DALE RAYHUNTING PRESERVEWILD BOARExotic Sheep • GoatsSika Deer • Fallow DeerWhitetail Hunts InSeason With Bow Or GunTom Belville2228 Co Rd 66Proctorville, OH45669(740) 886-7060Large Fish Pictures WantedName_______________________________________Address_____________________________________City________________________________________State_____________________ Zip_______________Fish______________________ Pound______ Oz____Photos Will Be ReturnedSept. 2006 ~ Page 18GASFOODAMMOReese'sCountryStoreBreakfast - Lunch - Deli ItemsHUNTING SUPPLIESGAME CHECKINGMUSKY PLUGS304-679-3502Just Off U.S. Rt. 50Near Mountwood ParkDeerwalk, WVWe are looking for large fishpictures caught in 2006.Send Photo To:WVSP.O. Box 5521Vienna, WV26105E-mail

Late SummerCabin DiscountsAs fall colors begin peekingthrough the lush green of summer,West Virginia State Parks offerslate summer travel discounts incabins and cottages, according toGroup Sales Coordinator Sis Summers.Seventeen state parks and forestsoffer discounts ranging from 10percent to 40 percent off standardnightly rentals depending upon thearea for mid-week rentals fromSeptember 5-30, 2006. The discountamounts vary by park.This special is only available atBeech Fork, Blackwater Falls,Bluestone, Cacapon Resort, CanaanValley Resort, Cass ScenicRail Road, Holly River, Lost River,JOHNSON’SSPORTINGGOODS3003 WEBSTER RD.SUMMERSVILLE, WVNow Selling Guns304-872-4141North Bend, Pipestem Resort, TwinFalls Resort, Tygart Lake and Watogastate parks and Cabwaylingo,Greenbrier, Kumbrabow and Senecastate forests when requestingthe mid-week special.A minimum two-day rental is requiredand reservations are recommended.Discounts at specificLIVE BAIT• MINNOWS - WORMS - MORE• RODS & REELS - TACKLEBASS - CATFISH - TROUT• PAINTBALL SUPPLIES• CAMPING EQUIPMENT• SPORTING GOODS• HUNTING SUPPLIES8AM TO 8PM MON-SAT.1PM TO 6PM SUNparks or forests are posted onlineat, clickon Packages/Cabin Discounts fordetails or call 1-800-CALL WVAand ask for the participating areaand discount details. For other statepark and forest discounts and packagesgo online at backwater Ohio River 4 pound,5 oz. largemouth was reeled in byKeith Davis, from Parkersburg.GAME BIRDS FOR SALE• RING-NECKEDPHEASANTS• CHUKARS• QUAILN.T.I.P. ApprovedWHITE OAK FARMELLAMORE, WV(304) 472-6207Growler PantsWaterproof/Breathable$49.99DEALER LOGOHOLBERT’S STOREAND TEXT HERE.Rt. 5Big Bend, WV304-354-6476HuntingFishingSee us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comGroceriesGame CheckTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2005 ~ Page 19

Log HomesWade Huffman caught a 5 poundsmallmouoth at Sandstone Falls.Photo courtesy of Richmondʼs Store inSandstone.Specializing in Northern White CedarPlease visit our Regional Sales Office and Model Home located on US19, 3 miles north ofSummersville, WV. Model Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday—Saturday(304) 872-5299Timbers T&G Paneling 2x6 Spruce deckingRandom Length Logs Log Screws Stains & SealantsLog Home SuppliesCall Mountaineer Log Homes, Mill and Engineering for pricing(304) 438-5686Contractor Discounts will be applied with copy of Contractor Licensewww.mountaineerloghomeswv.wvsportsmansadNow page 1 On The Internet www.wvasportsman.netMonday, March 13, 2006 12:22MagentaYellowBlackCyanTim Terry and Mike McGuirecaught a 5 1/2 pound smallmouthand a 15 pound catfish. Photo courtesyof Granpaʼs General Store in Hinton.Broken Wheel CampgroundI-79 Exit 96Weston, WVPast The Stonewall Jackson Dam Entrance1 1/2 Miles On The Right304-269-6097FishingSuppliesand Country StoreCall For Our SummerSchedule Of EventsLIVE BAITStay 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 - VCR• 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 DishwasherSept. 2006 ~ Page 20NOW BOOKINGFOR SPRING & SUMMERSEASON RENTALSEasy Access To PublicHunting Areas. 15,000 AcresOn Stonewall Jackson & 3,000Acres On StonecoalFor More Info & Reservations304-269-5813

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This Magazine Is Now On The Internet Each Monthwww.wvasportsman.netA 2.61 pound white bass was reeledin by Nick Arthur. Photo courtesy ofAmish COuntry Store in MArmet..Alyssa Flach caught a 6 pound rainbowtrout. Photo courtesy of ChristyʼsTrading Post in Mt. Nebo.A 15 pound carp was landed at byTyler Lucas. Photo courtesy of ThreeRivers Edge in Hinton.USEDBOATSRVsWE’RE HERE TO GET YOU THERE98 Starlite Drive, RT. 7 Marietta OH 45750Rentals• Campers• Pop-UpsAuthorized DealerPT 175PONTOON BOATSHUGE SELECTION OF RVs & BOATS IN STOCK888-CAMP-RV-1Mid-Ohio Valley’s Largest Boat & RV Dealerwww.mariettarv.comAug. 2006 ~ Page 22

Mourning DoveSeason OpenThe September 1 st opening ofmourning dove season marks thebeginning of traditional fall huntingfor many West Virginia hunters,according to Curtis Taylor,Chief of the Division of NaturalResources Wildlife Resources Section.The 2006 season will open at12:00 noon on September 1 andthe first of three segments willcontinue through October 7. Thetwo remaining segments are October23 through November 4 andDecember 18 through January 6,2007. Shooting hours, after the firstday, are from one-half hour beforesunrise until sunset. The daily baglimit is 12 with a possession limitof 24.“Mourning dove seasons are setto maximize hunting opportunityin relation to other hunting seasons,”Taylor said. “The bulk ofthe season is in September whenGUNSMITHHot Bluing • Creakote • Trigger Jobs • Muzzle BreaksGeneral Repair • Custom Guns Built • Full Machine ShopObsolete Parts Made - 28 Years ExperienceFirearms & Bows Ordered 10% Over CostCustomers Needing Repairs - Call For Shipping Instructionsfew other hunting seasons are openand the second and third segmentstarget late crop harvests and theChristmas/New Year holiday periodrespectively.”“A recently-harvested grain fieldwith a dead snag for perching and awater source nearby is an ideal settingfor a good hunt,” according toTaylor. Scouting and obtaining permissionfrom landowners beforeopening day increases the odds ofa successful hunt.MOUNTAINSTATE MACHINE & GUN5173 Moore Rd. - Lavalette, WV - 304-523-5455continue to the next pageBubby and Matt Stoddard areshown with a 6 pound, 4 oz. smallie.Photo courtesy of Three Rivers Edgein Hinton.TRADING POSTMacCorkle DEALER Ave. LOGOAND TEXT HERE.MARMET, WV304-949-5741Hunting • Fishing • ClothingGrowler JacketWeatherproof/BreathableElastic Cuffs & BottomDrawstring HoodA 37 pound flathead was reeled inat Bluestone Lake. Photo courtesy ofBluestone Marina on the lake.See us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2006 ~ Page 23

Federal regulations require all licenseddove hunters (includinglifetime and senior citizens) to registerwith the National MigratoryBird Harvest Information Program(HIP) and carry proof of registrationwhile hunting. HIP registrationis free and available from DNR officesand all hunting license outlets.Hunters may not hunt migratorybirds with a shotgun capable ofholding more than three shells unlessthe shotgun is “plugged” witha one-piece filler which cannot beremoved without disassemblingthe gun.Several hundred doves are bandedwith leg bands each year for monitoringand research. If you harvesta banded bird you can report itby calling1-800-327-band (2263)or online at bird banding lab). Huntersmay keep the band and will receivea certificate of appreciation that includesthe banding information forthe bird.More complete information willbe available in the 2006-2007 WestVirginia Migratory Bird HuntingRegulations. The regulations willbe available from DNR offices, licenseagents and the DNR in late August.The tailwaters at SummersvilleDam were recently stocked withbrood trout. Ben Treadway caughta 7 pounder. Photo courtesy of ChristyʼsTrading Post in Mt. Nebo.WANTED: OLD FISHING LURESMADEBEFORE1960#2 Walnut St.Belpre, Ohio740-423-6541Factory AuthorizedFull Line DealerAs Low AsSept.. 2006 ~ Page 24• FOR LARGE PERSONAL COLLECTIONContact: Galen “Grumpy” AshRt. 2 Box 353 Salem, WV 26426304-782-2324Fall FishingAluminum Boats With Stretch Technology9.9HPFactory WarrantyTo April 200715HP Kit (converts 9.9)$307.50 Installed2005 Sylvan Sport Troller 14’Merc 9.9 4ST. Elect. StartTrailer & Cover$7,5292005 Sylvan Explorer$659. 00 Merc 9.9 El. 4STTrolling Mtr. - Trailer - Cover - Finder$10,4902005 Sylvan Avenger 17’Merc 75 4StCover - Trailer - Finder - Trolling Mtr$16,900$1,549Yacht Club B169 TrailerAdjustable To 16ʼ - Galvanized - 12” Tires1-877-HEY-DAVEAutumn is approaching. Soon,the leaves will be turning and thebucks will be preparing themselvesfor the rut and most West Virginianswill be putting away their fishingrods for the winter.They donʼt know what theyʼremissing.Itʼs been a grueling summer andthere is no reason to stop fishingnow because the best is yet tocome.Autumn offers the same ideal wa-By David Payneter temperatures that makes springfishing so rewarding, but with voraciously-eatingfish that are fatteningthemselves for winter, not withfat stores drained by winter andspent by the rigors of the spawn.Something as simple as a streamthermometer can give an angler agood idea of what to expect andwhat species to target as the watercools. Smaller streams, suchcontinue to the next page

as Middle Island Creek, will coolfaster than medium-volume riverssuch as the Elk River, which itselfcools more quickly than big waterslike the Ohio and Potomac rivers.The rate at which water cools ismuch less drastic and more uniformthan the ever-cooling fluctuationsin the air. Water temperatureis affected less by how cold the airis than how long it is cool.As summer fades and autumn waxes,fish become more active andas the water nears a species optimumtemperature, the same temperatureat which they spawned inthe spring, the fish begin an eatingbinge that gets them ready for winterholding.Black bass are among the first toprepare, as their optimum temperatureis around 70 degrees. Duringlate summer, they feed mostlyat night or in the evenings, but aswater temperature cools, they fillMarine & Tackle Sales4231 Hughes Branch RoadHuntington, WV(304) 736-4276~ Now Ordering Guns ~Rocky BootsHuge SelectionOf Fishing Tacklethemselves with forage fish earlierin the day.Musky tend to like water around60 degrees and walleye fishing reallypicks up when the water approaches50 degrees.Typically, the water will remainrelatively warm for several weeksafter the first wintry weather andmy experience has been that fishingdoesnʼt begin to deteriorate untilDecember. Last November, infact, I caught my largest white bassever, a 2.35-pound fish caught duringthe first severe cold snap of theyear. Air temperature was a blistery16 degrees.While Jack Frost was nipping atmy nose, the fish was quite comfortablein the warm water andlikely felt rejuvenated. The waterwas around 40 degrees warmerthan the air and that offered anotheradvantage to us both, oxygen-richwater. Cold air cools the surface ofthe water and as that water cools, itsinks and warm water rises to takeits place.The down current of cool waterdelivers oxygen-charged water tothe fish, which makes them moreactive and is one of Godʼs ways ofhelping them fatten up for a hardwinter.Many anglers switch to smallerbaits as the water cools and fish willfollow forage fish and mouths ofcreeks and backwater areas can beexcellent locations. Fishing belowdams or other obstructions can alsobe hot spots as predator fish oftenschool there as they “pin” foragefish against the obstructions.While the fish are comfortable inthe cooler temperatures so are we.Catching fish on a 70-degree daywith a crisp wind blowing at yourback is always better than vainlypounding the water with a lure insweltering heat.Rt. 10Huntington, WV736-4276SAVEBOONEʼS BOW SHOP3-D RANGE - PRACTICE RANGEINDOOR ARCHERY RANGELocated On Larkmead RdParkersburg, WV 304-863-6962ParkerSept. 2006 ~ Page 25Game CheckingStation•Archery Shoots•Leagues•GroupDiscounts

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I was very afraid. When it startedgetting daylight, I could see movement,but I sat very still. I could seea deer but couldnʼt tell what kind.I cocked my gun and waited to seewhat kind it was. After seeing thatit was a doe, I sat with my gun buttbetween my legs, with the barrelpointing skyward. I watched thedoe feed out of sight and waited, butnothing followed.The sun came out, hitting me allover, and it felt so good that I soondrifted off to sleep. I was awakenedby the loud thunder of a gunshot. Isat very still, looking and listening,but there was nothing. After sittingfor a while, I got tired and decidedto leave. I broke my single shotgundown and got scared, because I wasOnly 5, Kenneth Satterfield caughta bass. Photo courtesy of BackwaterBait in Newport, Ohio.Parker's Rifle ShopLiberty Vault Distributor35/40 In Stock - Lay-away AvailableTri- States Largest SupplyCustomRiflesNewFirearmsHandEngravingSince1958740-484-4572Exit 208 I-70 S. on S.R. 149 - 2.7 MilesBelmont, OhioNorth Mountain Vacation Rentalsthe one who had fired the shot. Ididnʼt know what to do. What wasI going to tell my dad? Was I goingto make up a story and tell himthat I had shot at a deer? Then Ithought about the little doe. WouldDad have known that the little doewas all I had seen, and I shot at it?It was illegal to kill does. I was ina pickle! I decided to tell the truth,even if it meant getting a whippingor having hunting privileges takenfrom me.I went toward the truck and metmy dad standing there. With tears inmy eyes - and afraid - I told my dadwhat had happened. He looked atme, smiling, and said, “I guess youwill have to hunt with me a littlewhile longer.”304-855-6288RodsReelsSept. 2006 ~ Page 27Located Off Rt.28/55 on Smokehole Rd.Hunters and Near CABINS, WVFishermen Welcome. 304-257-5411Three Cabins. 866-999-2862www.northmountainrentals.comBUY • SELL • TRADETurkey Hunting SuppliesGUNS & AMMOLARGE SELECTION OF BASSCATCHING LURES & TACKLE• Storm• Bandits• Rapala• Rebel• ZoomPhotographyWorkshopAt Twin FallsCapture the beauty of nature atTwin Falls Resort State Park, locatedsouthwest of Beckley, duringthe Fall Photography WorkshopSeptember 22 - 24, 2006.“Those who enjoy digital or filmcameras will find this weekendevent to be exactly what they arelooking for,” says Randy Murphy,activities coordinator at Twin FallsResort State Park. “The workshopagenda will cover an array of topicsfrom equipment and compositionto photography, natural light,people, action photography, digitalDAVEʼS GUN & PAWNcontinue to the next page• Gamakatsu• Venom• Gambler• Slider Worms• Power BaitLarge Selection Of Cabin Creek3203 STH. HILLS MINI MALLCHAPMANVILLE, WV

Capture the beauty of nature atTwin Falls Resort State Park, locatedsouthwest of Beckley, duringthe Fall Photography WorkshopSeptember 22 - 24, 2006.“Those who enjoy digital or filmcameras will find this weekendevent to be exactly what they arelooking for,” says Randy Murphy,activities coordinator at Twin FallsResort State Park. “The workshopagenda will cover an array of topicsfrom equipment and compositionto photography, natural light,people, action photography, digitalimaging and computer softwareuse.”David Fattaleh, photographymanager for the Department ofCommerce Communications Division,will lecture and conduct fieldtrips. Andy Ferguson, informationsystems coordinator for the WestVirginia Division of Tourism, willshare his extensive knowledge ofvisual production for this fun andeducational workshop. All participantsare encouraged to bring theirown cameras and equipment.The Fall Photography Workshoppackage includes a variety of accommodationchoices. The packageprice of $158 for one personincludes two nights of lodging,workshop fee, full lunch on Saturdayand Sunday and break refreshments.The workshop only priceof $70 includes workshop fee, fullSPENCER'STAXIDERMY304-824-3745OVER 46 39 YEARSEXPERIENCEBIRDS, FISH, ANTLERSLIFE-SIZE MOUNTS, GAMEHEADSWEST HAMLIN,WVACCROSS FROM THE POST OFFICEFULL TIME TAXIDERMY SERVICElunch on Saturday and Sunday andbreak refreshments. Cabin ratesand other package prices are available.Advanced reservations are required.“The Fall Photography Workshopis the perfect time to learn newskills and hone old ones,” Murphysays. “With 4,000 acres, Twin Fallsprovides the perfect backgroundfor these skills.”For more information or reservations,please call Twin Falls ResortState Park at (304) 294-4000 or 1-800-CALL WVA and ask for TwinFalls.Support The DNRReport Game ViolatorsSteve Hoffman, from SouthCharleston, caught two nice trout.All Types Of Outboard Motor ServiceSterndrive • Volvo Penta ServiceRepairs & Accessories 304-949-6522Odyssey Winterize Pontoon Your BoatSept. 2006 ~ Page 2821 Country MarketLive Bait & Tackle* Minnows ~ Crawlers*Mealworms ~ Shiners* GAME CHECKING* HUNTING & FISHING LIC.Everything you need fora day on the water!372-9697Rt. 21 North Ripley, WVPlace Your Ad ForHunting Season.Details On Page 3Josh Smith, from Alum Creek,caught a 24 pound flathead.J & S MarineDealer Of Evinrude & Johnson

This Magazine Is Now On The Internet Each MonthLog On The Webw w w. w v a s p o r t s m a n . n e tCoyote Seminar To Be Held At CelebrationNationally-recognized predatorhunter Tom Bechdel of CambridgeSprings, Pennsylvania, will returnfor the ninth year to present hispopular coyote hunting seminarsduring the 2006 West VirginiaCelebration of National Huntingand Fishing Days, to be held atStonewall Jackson Lake State Parkin Lewis County (Interstate 79 exit91) September 23 and 24.“There is a lot of interest in coyotehunting in West Virginia,” Bechdelsaid. “Iʼll typically have more than500 people in attendance at myseminars to learn what it takes tobecome successful. However, myseminars are a little different; I tryto educate hunters on the life of acoyote, how to find them, how andwhen to call them, how to use electricand mouth calls, and how touse decoys. I cover all 12 monthsof the coyoteʼs life, what he does,how he does it, and why. I will explainthe different color phases ofthe Eastern coyote as compared toa Western coyote. This will be timewell spent to learn of your newneighbor.”National Hunting and FishingDays is sponsored by the WestVirginia Division of Natural Resourcesand the West VirginiaWildlife Federation and is like noother event, with hands-on learningopportunities for youngstersand families in the area of wildlifeand outdoor recreation. Nearly20,000 wildlife enthusiasts will be7-In-1 ParkaMultiple Use CoatFREE Hat WithDEALER 4901 LOGO MacCorkle Ave.Purchase On Select AND TEXT HERE.Mad Dog ProductsSouth Charlestron, WV304-768-2090See us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comin attendance to try their hand ateverything from archery, shooting,fly-fishing, and kids fishing derby,to list only a few. In addition, attendeeswill also have opportunitiesto sit in on several other wildlifedemonstrations or visit one ofthe hundred-plus vendors on hand.Admission is $3 for adults, $1 forchildren under age 15, and children3 and under free. For more informationcall (304) 558-2771, or visitthe DNRʼs website at .Springhill Rod & GunGuns • Ammo • Safes • Archery • Live Bait • TackleYoung Austin Rudisill caught anice catfish. Photo courtesy of WaterfrontSporting Goods in Alderson.THIS DOG CAN HUNT. Sept. 2006 ~ Page 29

Big Buck Contest Begins With Archery SeasonThe West Virginia Division of NaturalResources, the West VirginiaIzaak Walton League and the WestVirginia Bowhunters Associationare again sponsoring the Big BuckContest for deer taken between October14 and December 31, 2006.During this time, any hunter whobags a deer in West Virginia withantlers having eight or more points,a 26-inch beam length, and pointsthat are more than eight inches longmay have a winning buck. Antlerswill be measured according to theofficial scoring system for NorthAmerican big game animals, establishedby the Boone and CrockettClub for gun hunters and the Popeand Young Club for bowhunters.Plaques will be awarded to fouroverall first place winners in guntypical and non-typical and bowtypical and non-typical classes atthe National Hunting and FishingDay Celebration held at StonewallJackson State Park in Lewis CountySeptember 23-24, 2007. Gun hunterswhose bucks score more than140 points typical or 165 non-typicalwill receive certificates commemoratingthe entry of their buckinto the WV Big Buck Contest RecordKeeping Program. Bowhunterswhose bucks score more than125 points typical or 155 non-typicalwill also receive certificates.There were 51 new entries into theBig Buck Records last year thatwere taken during the 2004 season.The season total showed 10 takenby gun hunters and 41 by bowhunters.Bucks taken in previous yearsmay still be scored for a certificate(if it meets the minimum score) andentry into the records.Hunters wishing to have theirdeer scored for this contest shouldcontact the closest Official Measurerthrough any DNR WildlifeDistrict Office; phone numbers andaddresses are listed in the “2006-2007 West Virginia Hunting andTrapping Regulations Summary.”Appointments must be made forscoring trophies. Many huntershave their deer scored by Official2006 Boats Now In StockGreat Selection Of Used Bass BoatsJon Boats For 9.9 Lakes AvailableG3 ALUMINUMBASS BOATSSept. 2006 ~ Page 30Measurers during the WV Huntingand Fishing Show, held at theCharleston Civic Center in lateJanuary. Hunters will be requiredto read and sign a Fair Chase Affidavit.The hunter must bring theofficial Game Check Tag with theantlers to be measured.Wrightʼs Riverside MarineRt. 2 South of St. Marys, WV304-684-2850

Dannie Warden landed a nice hybridstriped bass at Kanawha Falls.Danny Gill hooked a 5 pound. 2 oz.largemouth. Photo courtesy of ThreeRivers Edge in Hinton.David Hobbs reeled in a 5 1/4pound rainbow trout. Photo courtesyof Kileʼs Grocery in Upper Tract.Advertise In TheW. Va SportsmanDetails On Page 3www.hawgmastercharters.comTROUT SALMONBASS MUSKYSTEELHEADNiagara RiverWinter & SpringSteelhead • Brown Trout • Lake TroutSummerSmallmouth BassFallSalmon • Steelhead • Bass • Musky$270 - 2 person $370 - 3 Person 7/hrs.Lake OntarioSummerTrout • SalmonFully Equipped 30’ Sportfisherman$500 4 person/8 hours$600 6 person/8 hoursFishing 12 Months A Year“We Clean Your Catch”Call For Info:800-464-0103All TackleAnd BaitSuppliedHawg-Master Charters10183 Millers Road • Lyndonville, NY 14098Fully Licensed and InsuredELKINSWESTONBUCKHANNONWELCHThereʼs Fast Food,Then Thereʼs KFCCROSSROADS GENERAL STOREGUNSIn StockOr Ordered636-1110269-2712472-4288436-6722Discover-Master Card-Visa-American Express-Debit CardsSept. 2006 ~ Page 31LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OFROUTE 47 & NEWARK RD.newark, wv304-275-4619Open At 5am-9pm M-Th5am-10pm Fr7am-10pm Sat7am-9pm Sun• 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 Cash

Frank Jezioro, Director of theWest Virginia Division of NaturalResources, will host a bird doghunting demonstration at the 2006West Virginia Celebration of NationalHunting and Fishing Days,to be held at Stonewall JacksonLake State Park in Lewis County(Interstate 79 exit 91) September23 and 24.“Anyone who knows me or hasread my books knows that there isnothing I enjoy more than hunting,especially bird hunting with mydogs,” Jezioro said. “How seriousdo I take bird hunting? Letʼs justsay that I have been very fortunateto have been able to pursue my passionby bird hunting with my dogsfrom the Southern Appalachians toCanada. There is nothing I enjoymore than watching my dogs worka bird, but they didnʼt get thereovernight. To become successfulin raising a bird dog takes a lot ofwork and making the right decisionsearly in the puppyʼs life goesa long way toward assuring you avery successful hunting partner.During my seminar I will providetips and some insight as to what ittakes to have a good bird dog. Asa hunter, I would encourage everyonewho has ever been interestedin getting started in bird hunting,or one who just enjoy dogs, to attend.”DNR Director Will Host Bird Dog DemonstrationCARDINALPAWNBROKERS • SPORTING GOODS“Get Ready For Hunting Season With Our Large Selections”A r c h e r y P r o S h o pMathews BowtechParker DiamondBow Tuning • Custom Arrows • AccessoriesMORRELL TargetsGeorgia Boots - Hunting & Work• Guns • Ammo • Scopes• Fishing Tackle • Coyote Supplies“We Trade Guns”National Hunting and FishingDays, sponsored by the West VirginiaDivision of Natural Resourcesand the West Virginia WildlifeFederation, is like no other eventheld with hands-on learning opportunitiesfor youngsters and familiesin the areas of wildlife and outdoorrecreation. The objective of theevent is to educate the non-hunting/fishingpublic on the benefitsof hunting and fishing, as well asto how these activities support theDNRʼs efforts in wildlife conservation.Nearly 20,000 wildlife enthusiastswill be in attendance totry their hand at everything fromarchery, shooting, fly-fishing, andkids fishing derby, to list only afew. In addition, attendees will alsohave the opportunity to sit-in onseveral other wildlife demonstrations,or visit one of the hundredplusvendors on hand.Admission is $3 for adults, $1 forchildren under the age of 15, andchildren ages 3 and under are free.For more information call (304)558-2771, or visit the DNRʼs websiteat nice musky was hooked by youngAustin Lockhart. Photo courtesy ofJarrettʼs Bait in Elizabeth.A 6.29 pound golden trout wascaught by Jim Perkins. Photo courtesyof Kileʼs Grocery in Upper Tract.AREAS LARGESTDEALERSept 2006 ~ Page 32PAWN1221 S. EISENHOWER DRIVEBECKLEY, WV304-253-7357

stJARRETT'S• Large Selection Of Muskyand Catfish Baits• Cold Beer • Ice • Snacks• Hunting Supplies • AmmoParsonsOne Stop3-D Archery - 32 TargetIndoor Archery RangeHunting SuppliesBeverages - Food - GroceriesBuckeye FeedRt. 16 North OfGRANTSVILLE, WV304-354-6941GameCheckBait andCarry OutLIVE BAITCorner of Rt. 5 & 53Elizabeth, WV304-275-3574Catching River WalleyesTournament schedules force someof the best anglers in the world tofish throughout the season, regardlessof conditions. With the actualdates for the tournaments setmonths in advance, anglers mustdeal with extremes in temperature,water clarity and fish activity. Formany anglers, river systems are afavorite destination to begin eachnew season. Wherever walleyesmay roam, river systems offer apredictable pattern as fish traveland concentrate to spawn. Whatarenâ€TMt predictable, however,are weather and river conditions.Nothing will shut down a hotriver bite like high runoff and novisibility. Four inches of snow orrain can muddy the water and literallyshut down the bite for weeks.For many river rats, the best wayto catch walleyes under such conditionsis to pack up and fish somewhereelse. For the professionalanglers that follow the tournamenttrail, however, packing up andtraveling to a better bite isnʼt anoption. Closeouts These On anglers are forced tomake 1999 adjustments Models and alter theirapproach. Catching walleyes whenvisibility is reduced to an inch isdifficult, but certainly not impossible.Richard LaCourse of Port Clinton,Ohio, has years of experiencefishing rivers, including muddyones. Regarding muddy-watertechniques, LaCourse treats themjust like any other tough fishingsituation when the walleyes turnfinicky, such as a cold front. Hebegins by downsizing his presentation,and then slows everythingdown.In a muddy river combined withswift current, such as the DetroitRiver at times, LaCourse advocateshandlining and polelining. “Pullingmy handline into the current allowsme to stall a bait while the currentkeeps it working right in front of afish” LaCourse said. “A walleyeʼssight is very limited in dirty water,so theyʼre not going to chase a bait5 feet. But theyʼll feel the vibrationof it and bite it out of reaction if iʼsright in front of them”The more current there is to workthe lure, then, the more effectivehandlining can be. “Not rocket science,LaCourse said” Itʼs just ancontinue to the next pageSept. 2006 ~ Page 33BOWTECHDIAMONDBOSSBROWNINGBOW-LISTICARCHERY SHOPCOMPLETE BOW SERVICEBOW & HUNTING ACCESSORIESYOUTH BOWS•CUSTOM ARROWS15105 MacCorkle Av. SECHELYAN, WV304-595-2699MON-FRI 11AM TO 8PMSATURDAY 3-8OUTDOOR 3-D RANGENew Building Tin3ʼ x 8ʼ - $12 per Sheet263ʼ x 10ʼ - $14.25 per Sheet3ʼ x 12ʼ - $16.75 per Sheet Ga.All Types of New & Used SteelSquare Tubing & PipesPlywood3/4 - $231/2 - $16www.bowlisticarchery.comMike Campbell caught a nice smallmouthin the Buckhannon River..A rock bass was caught by NathanSpencer. Photo courtesy of Rickʼs Taxidermyin Buckhannon.O.S.B.3/4 - $225/8 - $19T-1115/8 - $26Luan - $9.252x4 2x6 2x8 2x10 All SizesRRHAMCORt. 2 Box 484We Buy GinsengCopper • Brass • Iron& Other MetalsGrafton, WV 304-265-0026Stocking Treated LumberPrices Subject To Change

effective way of presenting a bait inmuddy water and heavy current.”When it comes to choosing justthe right offering to twitch andpulse at the end of a handline, experimentingwith various crankbaitsonce youʼve settled on handliningas your technique is thekey. Most of the time, in muddywater, the brighter colors, such asorange, chartreuse and firetiger,will produce the best.The tight wobble of a classic RapalaFloating Minnow is often thelure of choice for a handlining presentation,but diving plugs, particularlyshallow-running Shad Raps,are also useful for this technique.LaCourse progressively downsizeshis offerings as conditions worsenand walleye lips seal a little tighter.Fish that were hitting a No. 9 ShadRap might open up more willinglyfor a No. 5 Shad Rap as the watergets colder, faster and muddier.Tommy Skarlis of Dorchester,Iowa, has spent a considerableamount of time slipping the currenton walleye runs across thecontinent. A seasoned professionalangler who is one of the most consistentanglers on the Wal-MartFLW Walleye Tour, Skarlis has anuncanny ability to scratch out walleyesregardless of conditions.Skarlis approaches any river systemvery observantly. His questfor finding clean water in a flowUNCLE TOMʼS LOANSBUY • SELL • TRADE • PAWNAchery SpecialistsMatthews • Parker • PSENew & Used GunsRt. 10 - Cook ParkwayOCEANA, WV304-682-5002GAME CHECKINGCarharttClothingPSE 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, WVPawnServiceOverlooking The Beautiful Greenbrier River304-445-2550100 Count Bags Of Berkley Power Worms 4" & 7"BACKWATER BAITJust South ofNewport, Ohio on Rt. 7Numerous Tube ColorsCatfish Rods & SuppliesHobieSunglassesIn StockYear-RoundLIVEBAITMinnows - ShinersMeal & Wax WormsNightcrawlersGoldfish• Off the Ohio River• Dock Your Boat While You Shop• In The Dana Backwater740-473-BAITSept.. 2006 ~ Page 34WaterfrontSporting GoodsRiverview MotelROCKYBOOTSBassProShopof chocolate milk even takes placeon the Internet, in some instancesright up until he leaves for the destination.“On some river systems, like theDetroit River for example,”Skarlisexplained, “I can go on the Internetand look at recent aerial photos totry and distinguish if there are poolsor pockets of cleaner water. Sometimes,one side of the channel mightbe better.” What Skarlis tries toestablish immediately is where thedirty water is coming from. “If themain channel is high from runoff,for example, and visibility is poor,I look for feeder creeks or someother source that might be dumpingcleaner water into the channel. Thiscontinue to the next pageSt. Croix RodsYo-ZuriSmallie BeaversVenomSenko - KinamiGarrett Magnum TubesSpro Crankbaits & More!Zoom - YumQuantum - OkumaBoogerman - BanditsCatch 'Em SpinnerbaitsOwner - GamakatsuRods & ReelsCustom PlasticsJigs & TrailersDipping DyeDo-It MoldsSplash-itsSnacks & BeveragesBrowning Rods & Reels

pocket of clean water might affordme a small area with better visibility.If the stained water is cominginto the main channel from a tributaryor from immediate runoff, Ioften try and get above the source,upstream where the water is oftenclearer” Skarlis spends much of hisprefishing time narrowing downsmall pockets of water that offerthe best visibility when conditionsget bad.Water visibility can often be determinedby how soon your jig disappearsin the water. In some cases,bad visibility might make a 1/2-ounce jig vanish when lowered acouple of inches. Skarlis is actuallyplanning on marking the shaft andlower unit of his Minn Kota 101with a chartreuse ruler for monitoringwater clarity more precisely forthe 2006 season.While popular in bass circles, dippingplastics in fish attractant formulasisnʼt as common amongstthe walleye crowd. Skarlis, however,insists added scent can make adifference under tough river condi-MurrayʼsLures & Trapping Supplies304-275-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 • Carmanʼs • Burkhartʼs • Sleepy Creek • Duke • BridgerCall or Visit Our Website - Shipments Will Be Sent UPStions. Skarlis often dips his jig intoBerkley Walleye Attractant everycouple of minutes.“Bait, however, isnʼt as crucial”Skarlis added,”when you are usingscented plastics”The beauty ofplastics is that they donʼt tear offafter a bite as easy and come in theshapes and colors needed to catchwalleyes in dirty water.When bulking up with longer profiles,Skarlis also attaches a stingerhook to the rear of his bait. Dirtywater means fishing slow, and toslow down in the current, anglersare forced to go heavier. But heavierjigs with bulked-up bodies canmean short hits so a stinger hookcan be important.“One extreme or the other is howSkarlis described his preferredcolor options. Fluorescent, glowand chartreuse are popular choices,but many river anglers, Skarlis included,experiment with dark coloroptions, like purple or black.Under such conditions, anglersseldom have to worry about walleyesspooking from under the boat,and the presentation is kept verticaleven when targeting shallow fish.Some anglers choose to anchorand pound the jig in one spot, pickingoff fish as they move through.Other anglers slip slightly slowerthan the current. Whether you anchoror slip, pounding the bottomis extremely important. “You donʼtwant the jig to move horizontallyvery much, but you need to poundthe jig on the bottom vertically sothat fish can find you,” Skarlis explained.Another accomplished river angler,Nick Johnson of Elmwood,Wis., echoes many of Skarlisʼ opinionsregarding river walleyes duringhigh-water/reduced-visibilityconditions. Johnson, who won thecontinue to the next pageA nice catfish was reeled in byShawn Ramme. Photo courtesy ofJarrettʼs Bait in Elizabeth.ELK RIVEROUTPOSTMink ShoalsExit Off I-79Charleston, WVArchery - New & Used GunsAmmo - LIVE BAIT - LicenseGame Check - Gun PawnFishing SuppliesOpen 9am to 6pm Mon - Sat(304) 343-2755Sept. 2006 ~ Page 35Doddʼs Sporting GoodsBowTech - Reflex - Archery SuppliesKimber - Cooper Arms - Safes - AmmoFishing Tackle - Scopes - KnivesLarge Selection of Guns • Pistols12PM to 8PM M-S1PM to 8PM SunBUY-SELLTRADE-PAWN103 North Maple St.ELLENBORO, WV304-869-3200

coveted FLW Walleye Tour Anglerof the Year Title during the 2005season, is very proficient on movingwater.Like Skarlis, Johnson has fallenin favor of jig and soft-bait combinationsfor most of his river fishing.Both anglers prefer the BerkleyGulp! and Powerbait bodies foradded color, scent and profile whenthe visibility is reduced. Both anglersalso choose color extremes aswell. Johnson often favors black orpurple but also experiments withbrighter colors in glow, chartreuseor white, especially when fishingshallow.Johnson stresses that he focuseshis attention on the edges more duringstrong flows that often coincidewith dirty water. “Usually, reallystrong current will blow the walleyesout of the main channels, butyou can still usually find saugersholding right in the main flow,”Johnson explained.When targeting walleyes, especiallybigger fish, Johnson focuseson the edges away from the mainchannel and fishes shallow. Oftentimes, Johnson will find walleyesholding to backwater areasthat were nothing more than duckmarshes before the high water.Other structural elements Johnsonlooks for are flooded willow standsor riprap areas that lead to backwater.He notes these shallow areasaway from the main channel oftenBlacksville D MartDelicious Pizza, Hoagies, SubsBurgers & Fries - BeveragesCALL IN ORDERS - 432-8216OPEN: 5:30 AM TO 1:00 AMSEVEN DAYS A WEEKOn Rt. 7Blacksville, WVBP Gasoline PropaneSee us for all yourMad Dog Gear ® hunting needs.www.maddoggear.comTHIS DOG CAN HUNT. “The BoyWithAll The Toyz”Arctic Cat & Kawasaki ATV’s & MotorcyclesSteve & Deuce BurnsideOwners1521 DuPont RoadParkersburg, WV 26102304-861-0449866-266-6855SalesServiceServicing All Brands of ATVʼs - Motorcycles - TractorsSept. 2006 ~ Page 36Spark’s Sport CenterDEALER LOGO400 Wheatland St.AND TEXT HERE.Martinsburg, WVGrowler Jacket & Pants 304-263-2562Buy Growler Gear & Receivea FREE HatHunting - Fishingoffer better visibility and hold aggressivefish feeding on shad, shinersand other baitfish, whether thefish are in prespawn or postspawn.When targeting river fish in lessthan 6 feet of water, Johnson spendsa lot of time casting and working thejig back to the boat. “Many times,fish arenʼt chasing the bait so youhave to work the bait slowly or youwonʼt get bit,” Johnson said.Johnson prefers to cast becausehe believes he can come into con-continue to the next page

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