My family enjoys capturing images of wildlife with our trail cameras. We’ve gotten pictures of a number of wild critters on our farm, but one we haven’t seen is a fisher.
Nearly 300 representatives from across the hunting world attended the 2015 North American Deer Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, not bad for an organization just two years old. The event was sponsored by the National Deer Alliance, which is making progress toward its goal of becoming the voice of deer hunters.
The National Wild Turkey Federation has confirmed that a 37.6-pound wild turkey killed in Kentucky by Cody Guess of Lyon County is the heaviest on record.
Mike Ward isn’t just president of the Smith Mountain Striper Club, he is at the top of the club’s “Fishing Ladder,” which means he is the member who has registered the largest fish so far this year.
A 606-pound bluefin tuna caught early April off Virginia Beach by Chase Robinson has been certified as a state record. Robinson’s catch eclipses the 573-pound record that has stood since June of 2007. That bluefin was landed by Frederick Hycox of Virginia Beach.
If you can catch a 7-pound largemouth this weekend at Smith Mountain Lake, chances are you can tow home a sleek 2015 Nitro Z7 bass boat powered with a 150 Mercury.
Virginia’s spring gobbler season is on a record pace, thanks to hunters like 13-year old Tyler Drowne of Riner.
In the early 1970s, about this time of the year, TV show host Jerry McKinnis fished Smith Mountain Lake on several occasions and caught stringers of bass so heavy that you’d risk a hernia if you tried to lift them.
A potential state record bluefin tuna has given zest to the 2015 edition of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which is off to a sluggish start, with just 83 citations entered by early April. That number was 524 for the same time period in 2014.
You don’t see this very often: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has announced it will reduce the price of recreational saltwater fishing licenses starting Wednesday, and this is no April Fool’s Day joke.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has the go-ahead from its board to purchased 1,598 acres of mountain land in Roanoke County adjacent to its 7,000-acre Havens Wildlife Management Area in the Fort Lewis Mountain region. The funding for the purchase, known as the Dwelle Tract, will come from federal-state matching funds contributed by outdoor sportsmen.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been asking hunters not to use doe urine to mask their scent or attract a buck, because the commercially sold commodity has potential to spread the deadly chronic wasting disease.
The coast of Virginia and North Carolina has experienced one of the roughest winters on record, lots of snow and frigid temperatures, yet instances of winter mortality of speckled trout are fewer than for last year, according the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
The walleye population has been expanding across Virginia, and that makes many anglers happy for at least two reasons: Walleye are one of the first fish to become active late winter and early spring, and they are as good to eat as any fish in freshwater.
The 22 percent drop in Virginia’s deer kill, a figure that is worrisome to many sportsmen, might have been 30 percent were it not for Sunday hunting being legal on private land for the first time in modern history.
Several bills that would impact outdoor sportsmen have been making progress in the General Assembly. Here’s a look at five of them:
The much anticipated results of the 2014-15 deer, bear and turkey seasons were released by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries this week, and seldom have the figures had more radical swings.
It didn’t take long for the Virginia General Assembly to shoot down bills that would have gutted the right-to-retrieve law and liberalized regulations that govern the feeding of wildlife.
Virginia’s first Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt is scheduled for April 17 and 18, and there are four basic ways you can participate:
West Virginia’s 2014 deer kill of 104,223 represents a 31-percent drop from the previous season, and a 23-percent decline from the five-year average.
SNOWSHOE, W.Va. — Mike Miller was cold, but it was better than another alternative.
The Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary in Roanoke Friday through Sunday, with special guest George Thornton, CEO of the federation.
Of all the different kinds of hunters, those who pursue deer are the most numerous and least organized. The newly formed National Deer Alliance wants to change that. It wants to organize deer hunters and be their voice. It wants to be to deer hunters what the NRA is to gun owners.
A number of new fishing regulations arrived with the 2015 New Year. Here’s a quick look:
Almost two decades ago, Bob Fala, an avid grouse hunter, began keeping a diary of his days afield, most of them in the mountains of West Virginia.
In mid-December, Bill Chittenden caught a 30-inch striped bass, often called rockfish, in the salty water of the Chesapeake Bay. He had it for a meal and declared, “It was great.”
Patrick Coffey could tell the black bear was a big one as he watched it scrounge for acorns in the woods on a Virginia farm.
The worst thing about the social media, as far as outdoorsmen are concerned, is hunters attacking one another — as in hound hunters vs. still hunters, and muzzleloader hunters vs. modern-gun hunters.
West Virginia wildlife officials are blaming bad weather for a steep, 34-percent drop in the state’s deer kill during its two-week, buck’s-only season.
The phone has been ringing at Hunters for the Hungry headquarters in Big Island: “Where’s the venison?” is the cry coming from food banks, churches and rescue mission who feed the needy.
The deer kill in Virginia ran a stable course through the early muzzleloading season, then dropped significantly the two weeks of the general firearm’s season.
The deer kill in Virginia is down 16 percent, or 20,700 animals. The rut has been weak; the hunting pressure light; the acorn crop heavy; the quality of bucks so-so; the number of deer spotted disappointing.
A 12-point buck killed in West Virginia last week by bowhunter Chad Scyphers is a likely record for that state, although it still is too early to say for sure.
The first thing you notice about Robin Clark is his smile, next is his enthusiasm. Way down on the list is his wheelchair.
Move over L.L. Bean and Land’s End, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has its own e-store, www.shopdgif.com.
On opening day of the muzzleloading season, Cotton Witt watched an early morning parade of deer come down a hardwood ridge in Bedford County to stand near the base of the tree where he had positioned his elevated stand.
Voters in Maine upheld that state’s liberal bear hunting regulations by defeating a state referendum that would have made it illegal to bait, trap or use dogs in the pursuit of bears.
An early look at how Sunday hunting in Virginia is impacting the deer and turkey seasons has produced some muddled information.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries received nearly 500 comments from its constituents during an Aug. 1-Oct. 1 scoping period, when it requested recommendations for changes in hunting regulations. The input is scheduled to be considered by wildlife officials who will report back in March.
No doubt about it, this is a great time to be a black bear hunter in Virginia.
The next time you sprinkle deer urine onto the forest floor to mask your scent or attract a heavy racked buck, be aware you could be introducing a disease to the animals you love to hunt.
The mountains of Southwest Virginia, from the Roanoke Valley westward, will be a prime spot for turkey hunting when the season opens Saturday.
All fall, I have been receiving reports from hunters on how abundant the acorn crop is this year, which is highly important to the well-being of wildlife and dictates where hunters can expect to locate game.
This was Billy Leonard’s favorite time of the year, when nature begins to unfurl its palette of colors in brilliant streaks and splashes against the ridges and in the creek bottoms.
Youth/apprentice deer hunting day Saturday provides a glimpse of what kind of season hunters can expect this year. The estimated kill reported by phone and Internet was 1,804. That was down sharply from last season’s 2,682.
Matt Daniels won the 75th edition of the Virginia Big Game Show Sunday in Harrisonburg with an 18-point buck he killed on a Roanoke County farm on opening day of the bowhunting season last October.
Jacob Powroznik lives in the small village of Port Haywood overlooking the west side of the Chesapeake Bay in Matthews County, so when it comes to fishing you’d expect him to be involved in the saltwater kind — flounder, spot, bluefish.
Sherman Bailey works as a boiler maker in New Jersey, but come fall you are likely to find him hunting on family land in Virginia’s Surry County — and for good reason.
Hear that munching? It is the sound of deer chewing on acorns, something that wasn’t heard much last fall when the acorn crop was a failure across much of Virginia.
If you have a passion for deer hunting, then Jeff Phillips has designed a Web site just for you. He calls it Star City Whitetails www.starcitywhitetails.com.
Susie Frances (Boone) Bowman, 88, of Rocky Mount, went to her eternal home on Sunday, May 31, 2015. She was the daughter of the late I. C. and Maggie Boone. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ena Miller, Ruth Garber, Ruby Taylor, Robert Boone, Arthur Boone, Ezra Boone and Lydia Rutrough; one infant daughter, Gail Areda; another daughter, Janet Rose; and one grandson, Shaun Sisco.Surviving are her husband, Ezra Lee Bowman; five children and their spouses, Linda Bowman, Bill Bowman (Arlene), Ben Bowman (Kathy), Gladys Bowman, and Gloria Sisco; six siblings, Dorothy Layman, Samuel Boone, Joel Boone, Riley Boone, Dora Austin, and Roy Boone; several grandchildren, Beth Bowman, Chris Bowman (Liz), Daphne Sisco-Wertz (Evan), Aaron Bowman, Ethan Bowman, and Anna Bowman. Having been blessed to be part of a large family, she is also survived by many wonderful brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Oak Hill Old German Baptist Brethren Church at 101 Elam Lane in Boones Mill, with the Home Brethren officiating. The burial will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Oak Hill Church Treasurer, 664 Red Valley Road, Boones Mill, VA 24065. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
James Thomas Newton, 62, of Pulaski, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015. Graveside Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin. Arrangements by Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, Va., 540-626-7221.
Taylor June Ingram LaRose, 29, of Roanoke passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015. Taylor was always " Daddy's Little Girl".She loved skydiving and her "babies", Ra, Cyrus and Calypso. She will be dearly missed by her family and many longtime friends.Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Alvin Lee and Patricia Ingram; husband, Jordan; sister, Ashley Dawn Hoven (Rob); niece, Abigail; grandparents, Russ and June Hart, Shirley Ingram, and Roger Ingram (Marie); aunt, Karen Munsey (Brian); uncle, Rick Hart; cousins, Nicole and Ben Munsey, Zachary Hart; numerous other family members and friends.Visitation will be held at Valley Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held in the Ingram Family Cemetery, Ferrum, VA. at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015. Taylor is entrusted to Valley Funeral Home.
Margaret Kardos Grant, 91, of Roanoke went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 31, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; Steve and Julia Kardos, husband, Harold Grant; brothers, Steve and John Kardos; sisters, Julia Corse, Irene Childers and Gladys Thurman; and niece Angela Hughes.Margaret was a member of Roanoke Valley Baptist Temple.Surviving are her niece, Charlotte Taylor and husband, Jim; nephews, Johnny Kardos and wife, Joyce, Douglas Thurman and wife, Brenda, Jeff Thurman and wife, Diane; great nephews, Brent Thurman, Timothy Thurman and Steven Kardos; and great niece, Rebekah Thurman.The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff at Our Lady of the Valley, and to Gentle Shepherd Hospice for their many acts of kindness and support. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial gifts may be made to Roanoke Valley Baptist Temple 2611 10th Street Roanoke, Va. 24012.Funeral Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road by the Rev. Terry Mabry. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home, 540-366-0707.