If you’re the type whose heart races with excitement at the sound of a gobble at daybreak, or the sight of a large fan of feathers in a distant field, you’re just weeks away from an annual rite of spring.

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CHARLESTON — In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the number of anglers gathering at public lakes, we are postponing the West Virginia Gold Rush and will stop announcing locations for daily trout stockings.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thirty-five years ago, a tall, skinny teenager stepped in front of a crowd at Milton’s inaugural West Virginia Pumpkin Festival and, with bow and arrow, shot targets tossed into the air.

More than 4,000 children and young adults will have the opportunity to catch their first taste of fishing thanks to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partner organizations throughout the state.

ANNAPOLS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on proposed changes to the 2020-2022 hunting and trapping seasons. Included in the proposals are concepts related to the 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Department of Natural Resources said anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken earlier in January by two West Virginia anglers, the Division of Natural Resources said.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the opening of the winter turkey season, which runs statewide from January 23-25 for hunters who did not harvest a turkey during the 2019 fall season.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported taking 27,088 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearms season. The total harvest was 14% lower than last year’s official count of 31,631.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters harvested 21,073 deer during the early portion of the archery and muzzleloader seasons.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the second segment of the muzzleloader deer hunting season will open Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 4.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host an online information session from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to solicit public input regarding the development of a work plan for the second phase of the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund. The fund is providing $1 mi…

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Army veteran Kyle Chanitz spent two and a half years deployed in Afghanistan, where he saw intense fighting and suffered concussions that led to seizures. When he returned to the U.S., he started taking college classes, but then dropped out to follow the jam band Phish ar…

When Maryland wildlife specialists set the Canada goose season they have two things to think about. They have the migratory Canada geese and the resident Canada geese.

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If you’re the type whose heart races with excitement at the sound of a gobble at daybreak, or the sight of a large fan of feathers in a distant field, you’re just weeks away from an annual rite of spring.

breaking

CHARLESTON — In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the number of anglers gathering at public lakes, we are postponing the West Virginia Gold Rush and will stop announcing locations for daily trout stockings.

More than 4,000 children and young adults will have the opportunity to catch their first taste of fishing thanks to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partner organizations throughout the state.

ANNAPOLS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comment on proposed changes to the 2020-2022 hunting and trapping seasons. Included in the proposals are concepts related to the 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Seasons.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Department of Natural Resources said anglers should expect trout stocked in state waterways during the winter months to be smaller than usual.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken earlier in January by two West Virginia anglers, the Division of Natural Resources said.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the opening of the winter turkey season, which runs statewide from January 23-25 for hunters who did not harvest a turkey during the 2019 fall season.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported taking 27,088 deer during the state’s most popular hunt, the two-week firearms season. The total harvest was 14% lower than last year’s official count of 31,631.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters harvested 21,073 deer during the early portion of the archery and muzzleloader seasons.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the second segment of the muzzleloader deer hunting season will open Dec. 21 and run through Jan. 4.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host an online information session from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to solicit public input regarding the development of a work plan for the second phase of the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund. The fund is providing $1 mi…

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Army veteran Kyle Chanitz spent two and a half years deployed in Afghanistan, where he saw intense fighting and suffered concussions that led to seizures. When he returned to the U.S., he started taking college classes, but then dropped out to follow the jam band Phish ar…

When Maryland wildlife specialists set the Canada goose season they have two things to think about. They have the migratory Canada geese and the resident Canada geese.

CUMBERLAND — The number of bears to have died on Maryland roads, or because of mange, this year has risen to 69, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Stephen McDaniel says the state’s 2019 archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear and wild boar will open Sept. 28 and run through Dec. 31.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden, and rainbow trout in several creeks, lakes, and rivers starting in early October. The majority of this year’s trout stocking come from the department’s Albert Powell Hatchery near Hagerstown. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces that the September teal-only hunting season will be open from Sept. 16 through 30. Shooting hours are one half-hour before sunrise to sunset, the daily bag limit is six teal (blue or green-winged), and the possession limit for teal is th…

September is an exciting month for those who love the outdoors and fishing is usually at the top of the list. Mild late summer weather is providing exciting fishing opportunities across the Maryland landscape from the western mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. In the Chesapeake Bay, we have re…

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that archery hunting for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide Sept. 6, and continues through Jan. 31, 2020. 

Now that Labor Day activities are behind us, anglers can focus on fishing more with family and friends. Cooler weather will begin to show its face and Maryland waters will begin to shake off the summer heat. Fishing for Spanish mackerel has been very popular in the bay.On Sept. 5, there will…

HARRISBURG, Pa. — September’s arrival ended the Pennsylvania Game Commission survey on wild turkey sightings, but participants can report their July and August sightings through Sept. 6.

Ashlie Brill, Ridgeley, West Virginia, landed this smallmouth bass in mid-August while fishing in the South Branch of the Potomac River near Milleson's Mill. The fish, which Brill estimated to be about 3 pounds, struck a minnow swim bait.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2019-2020 migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2019 black bear hunt lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season, taking place Oct. 21-25 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. The department…

FROSTBURG — A Youth Claybird Shooting Clinic, sponsored by Big Savage Sportsmen’s Club and the Western Maryland Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be held at the Frostburg Rifle Range on July 27. 

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WILEY FORD, W.Va. - Richard Eugene "Mayor of Wiley Ford" Rummer, 65, of Wiley Ford, passed away Friday, April3, 2020, at home. He will be cremated, services at a later date. Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., is assisting.

OAKLAND - Esther V. Beachy, 91, of Oakland, died April 3, 2020, at her home. Services will be private. Interment will be in Gortner Amish Cemetery. Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., Oakland, is in charge of her arrangements