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  1. July 2, 2015
    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources challenges public to take the Operation Life Jacket Pledge

    Share the pledge on social media to increase awareness     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia...

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  2. July 1, 2015
    West Virginia State Parks encourage life jackets for all water recreation

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks is encouraging the use of life jackets as part of...

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  3. July 1, 2015
    32nd annual Bear Hole Road Race at Twin Falls Resort State Park July 11, 2015

        MULLENS, West Virginia – For the 32nd year, Twin Falls State Park near Mullens in Wyoming County will...

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  4. June 29, 2015
    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources promotes water safety with Operation Life Jacket

    Effort to increase use and awareness in advance of July Fourth weekend     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The...

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  5. June 18, 2015
    CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS WEST VIRGINIA TO SIGN SERIES OF AGREEMENTS

    Business, education and state representatives attend CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A delegation from Shanxi province in China traveled...

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  6. June 18, 2015
    New West Virginia State Parks campaign reminds visitors that “Memories Happen Here”

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – No place is better for making lifelong memories than at West Virginia’s...

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  7. June 17, 2015
    Three Historic Portrayals scheduled at Watoga State Park in 2015: Ostenaco, Porte Crayon and Sacagawea

        MARLINTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! Programs are popular and...

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  8. June 17, 2015
    “Wings of Wonder” – A live birds of prey program offered at West Virginia’s state parks

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – “Wings of Wonder” – A Birds of Prey program series at West Virginia...

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  9. June 17, 2015
    West Virginia Day, June 20, Celebration on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

        PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – West Virginia turns 152 years old June 20, 2015, and Blennerhassett Island...

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  10. June 16, 2015
    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers preparing for Operation Dry Water 2015

    Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating scheduled for June 26-28, 2015     The Law...

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  11. June 16, 2015
    A Lookout! Thorny Mountain Fire Tower history days at Seneca State Forest June 21 and 22, 2015

        DUNMORE, West Virginia – Old is new again at the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. The lofty and recently...

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  12. June 15, 2015
    Sacagawea portrayal at four West Virginia state parks, summer of 2015

    First show at North Bend State Park June 20     CAIRO, West Virginia – Sacagawea (c.1790 – 1812?) will be...

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  13. June 12, 2015
    Municipal Home Rule Board accepting applications for 14 additional cities

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Municipal Home Rule Board is now accepting applications for 14 new cities, towns and villages to join...

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  14. June 12, 2015
    Still time to enter contest to be the first to spend the night in the Seneca State Forest fire tower

    Entry deadline is Sunday, June 14, for West Virginia State Parks contest     DUNMORE, West Virginia –...

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  15. June 12, 2015
    Summersville Lake Tailwater Trout Stocking

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the West Virginia...

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  16. June 9, 2015
    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources schedules public meetings on proposed State Wildlife Action Plan June 15 and 16

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of...

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  17. June 9, 2015
    “Brunch with Margaret” on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park beginning June 11, 2015

        PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Margaret Blennerhassett was famous for entertaining guests at her mansion on...

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  18. June 8, 2015
    Correction requested: West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of June 1-5, 2015

    ELKINS, W.Va. – The wrong list of trout stocking locations was accidentally sent out Friday, June 5, 2015. Here is the correct...

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  19. June 8, 2015
    “Mamie” and “The Addams Family” amphitheater shows at Chief Logan State Park in 2015

        LOGAN, West Virginia – Two summer theater shows will be presented at Chief Logan State Park’s Liz Spurlock...

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  20. June 2, 2015
    Be the first to spend the night in the Seneca State Forest fire tower

    West Virginia State Parks announces contest for West Virginia Day     DUNMORE, West Virginia – The winner of...

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  21. June 1, 2015
    West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 13-14, 2015

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Fishing and Boating Week...

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  22. May 29, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 25-29, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 25, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear...

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  23. May 28, 2015
    West Virginia State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day June 6, 2015

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state parks extend an invitation to take a hike to help...

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  24. May 28, 2015
    West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,038 Spring Turkeys in 2015

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring Gobbler hunters...

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  25. May 28, 2015
    Family outdoor activities at Kanawha State Forest May 29-31, 2015

        CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Kyle Wallace, the summer naturalist at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston,...

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  26. May 22, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 18-22, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 18, 2015   Anawalt Lake Anthony...

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  27. May 21, 2015
    Join the “Nature Nuts” for Blennerhassett Island summer Saturday nature walks

        PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – One Saturday each month through October will be an opportunity to join the ...

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  28. May 20, 2015
    Tagged catfish program underway at West Virginia State Parks

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The popular Tagged Catfish in the Parks Program is underway again in West...

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  29. May 19, 2015
    Bobby Cales promoted to DNR District 6 captain, based in Parkersburg

                PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Bobby Cales was promoted to the rank...

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  30. May 19, 2015
    Not a TV Show. Wilderness Survival Experience scheduled at Seneca State Forest June 22-27, 2015

        DUNMORE, West Virginia – “Everyone should have a ‘survival file’ stored in their minds to draw from should...

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  31. May 18, 2015
    “Veterans Salute” discount at West Virginia State Parks

        CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the West Virginia...

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  32. May 17, 2015
    East River Mountain Town Band at Pipestem State Park, May 23, 2015

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – The East River Mountain Town Band will perform an evening of music in the...

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  33. May 15, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 11-15, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 11, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear...

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  34. May 14, 2015
    Paul Johansen Named DNR Wildlife Resources Section Chief

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  35. May 14, 2015
    WVDNR to stock catchable channel catfish in May

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of...

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  36. May 12, 2015
    Get the latest law enforcement information about West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers on Facebook

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Outdoors enthusiasts now can learn...

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  37. May 12, 2015
    Division of Natural Resources Warns: Don’t Feed the Bears!

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West...

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  38. May 11, 2015
    North Bend Rail Trail receives $1 million in grants

        CAIRO, West Virginia – The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) that crosses four counties in north-central West...

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  39. May 8, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 4 - 8, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 4, 2015   Anthony Creek ...

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  40. May 7, 2015
    Find your Murbles at Pipestem Resort State Park; Tournament May 24

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – You can find your Murbles during a tournament scheduled Sunday, May 24 at the...

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  41. May 6, 2015
    Do some bird watching at a West Virginia State Park in May

                  SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – May is one of the...

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  42. May 5, 2015
    Lifeguard Training Class at Pipestem Resort State Park May 15-17

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Looking for a summer lifeguarding job but need to get the proper certification?...

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  43. May 5, 2015
    “Unreconstructed Rebels” event at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park May 22-24, 2015

        SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – "Unreconstructed Rebels" is an event at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park,...

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  44. May 4, 2015
    WVDNR advises: Leave young wildlife alone

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of...

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  45. May 1, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 27 – May 1, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 27, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear...

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  46. April 30, 2015
    “Old Friends,” veterans of armed forces and barbershop music, perform at Blackwater Falls State Park May 23, 2015

                DAVIS, West Virginia – Four men wearing red, white and blue...

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  47. April 29, 2015
    Saw-whet Owls and Warblers Weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park, May 29-31, 2015

        DAVIS, West Virginia – Hearing the diminutive “toot” of a saw-whet owl or the sighting of a returning...

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  48. April 28, 2015
    Fly fishing clinic and train ride at Cass Scenic Railroad May 29-31, 2015

        CASS, West Virginia – An introduction to fly fishing, equipment and materials used in fly tying and common...

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  49. April 27, 2015
    Cathedral State Park recognized as part of Old Growth Forest Network

        AURORA, West Virginia –On Earth Day, April 22, 2015, Cathedral State Park was recognized as part of the...

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  50. April 24, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 20-24, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 20, 2015   Anawalt Lake ...

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  51. April 23, 2015
    Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting, 1 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, Wheeling     WHEELING, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the...

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  52. April 21, 2015
    Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park dedicated as Old Growth Forest site

        SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park has been recognized as part of the Old...

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  53. April 20, 2015
    An outdoor office: lifeguarding opportunities at West Virginia State Parks

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state parks operate and maintain 22 swimming pools for...

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  54. April 16, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 13-17, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 13, 2015   Anthony Creek Back...

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  55. April 16, 2015
    Wi-Fi at Beech Fork State Park increases popularity as a vacation destination

        BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Beech Fork State Park is now offering free Wi-Fi service to overnight...

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  56. April 16, 2015
    Tygart Lake State Park Cleanup Day, April 25, 2015

        GRAFTON, West Virginia – Tygart Lake State Park, in conjunction with Tygart Lake U.S. Army Corp of...

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  57. April 15, 2015
    West Virginia State Parks ready for camping

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Camping is trending and West Virginia’s state parks are ready for the...

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  58. April 14, 2015
    West Virginia Master Naturalists State Conference June 12-14, 2015

                ELKINS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Master Naturalist program...

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  59. April 14, 2015
    Lifeguard certification class at Pipestem State Park April 24-26, 2015

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Individuals who want to become certified as lifeguards Is invited to take a...

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  60. April 13, 2015
    Anglers who catch tagged trout stocked at five West Virginia State Parks are eligible for rewards

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Anglers who catch a special tagged trout at one of five West Virginia...

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  61. April 13, 2015
    West Virginia’s spring gobbler season opens April 27, 2015

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring gobbler season opens in...

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  62. April 10, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of April 6-10, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of April 6, 2015   Anthony Creek Beech...

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  63. April 9, 2015
    Public Employees Golf Tournament May 18 at Twin Falls State Park

    Registration due by May 14     MULLENS, West Virginia – The 24th annual West Virginia Public Employees Golf...

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  64. April 8, 2015
    West Virginia has contributed $500,000 to waterfowl conservation

    Ducks Unlimited recognizes WVDNR for Canadian habitat support             OMAHA,...

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  65. April 8, 2015
    It’s Electric! Audra State Park moves into 2015 with 30-amp service camping sites

        BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Audra State Park has installed 30-amp electrical service to some of its camp...

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  66. April 7, 2015
    2015 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend includes area West Virginia State Parks, April 25, 26

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to...

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  67. April 6, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 30 – April 3, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 16, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear...

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  68. April 3, 2015
    Cabins still available for West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage at Blackwater Falls State Park May 7-10, 2015

        DAVIS, West Virginia – Cabin spaces are still available for lodging during the 54th Annual West Virginia...

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  69. April 2, 2015
    Fishy happenings in West Virginia’s state parks

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Division of Natural Resources trout stockings are fully underway in April...

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  70. April 1, 2015
    WVDNR names three district law enforcement captains

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  71. March 31, 2015
    Electronic game check comes to West Virginia ahead of the spring gobbler season

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Beginning in April, for the first...

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  72. March 23, 2015
    Babcock State Park increasing reservable campsites in 2015

        CLIFFTOP, West Virginia – Responding to numerous visitor requests, Babcock State Park in Fayette County is...

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  73. March 20, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 16-20, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 16, 2015   Anawalt Lake ...

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  74. March 19, 2015
    Mark Clarke Named Wildlife Manager of the Year, DNR Cpl. Michael Sibole presented Sharp Spur Award by WV NWTF

                FLATWOODS, W.Va. - Mark Clarke, wildlife manager on the...

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  75. March 19, 2015
    “Today’s catch” photo on social media results in WVDNR citations issued for nearly 50 poached trout in Greenbrier County

                BECKLEY, W.Va. – Following up complaints in person and by...

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  76. March 18, 2015
    Spring Cleanup at Beech Fork State Park April 4

        BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Volunteer assistance is welcomed at the 7th annual Spring Cleanup at Beech...

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  77. March 17, 2015
    11th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show continues through March 22 at Blennerhassett Museum; Quilt Appraisals March 21

        PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History’s 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley...

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  78. March 17, 2015
    “Pickin' in the Park” Guitar Weekend at Twin Falls Resort State Park March 20-22, 2015

        MULLENS, West Virginia – Who wants to learn to play the guitar, or learn to play it better?    ...

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  79. March 13, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 9-13, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 9, 2015   Anthony Creek Back...

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  80. March 6, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of March 2-6, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of March 2, 2015   Barboursville Lake ...

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  81. February 27, 2015
    WV Division of Natural Resources Announces Public Meetings to Discuss Proposed Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Regulations

         SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12...

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  82. February 26, 2015
    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presents $50,000 donation for West Virginia Elk Restoration Project

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - At the regular quarterly meeting...

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  83. February 24, 2015
    West Virginia State Park golf courses are calling! Where are you playing in 2015?

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Even though snow covers the ground and the temperatures are still low, now...

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  84. February 23, 2015
    West Virginia seasons end for furbearer trapping and hunting Feb. 28

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West...

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  85. February 13, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 9-13, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 9, 2015   Deer Creek (Nicholas)...

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  86. February 13, 2015
    Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

    Division of Natural Resources Headquarters, South Charleston     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The next...

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  87. February 9, 2015
    West Virginia mid-winter waterfowl survey shows decrease in duck and goose observations

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fewer ducks...

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  88. February 6, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Feb. 2-6, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Feb. 2, 2015   Anthony Creek Bear...

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  89. February 5, 2015
    11th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show set March 14-22, 2015 at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

    Exhibitor registrations due by Feb. 23     PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Quilters and fans of quilts are...

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  90. February 5, 2015
    Senior Lifetime Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping License designation on driver's licenses and ID Cards now available

    West Virginia DMV and DNR working together to provide opportunity           ...

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  91. January 30, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 26-30, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 29, 2015 Anderson Lake ...

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  92. January 30, 2015
    West Virginia State Parks are for Sweethearts in February

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Valentine’s Day, Feb, 14, falls on a Saturday in 2015, and West Virginia...

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  93. January 28, 2015
    Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center

    37th Anniversary Celebration Planned      FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - For the 37th year, French Creek Freddie...

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  94. January 28, 2015
    What’s new for 2015? Take a look during the Gift Buyers Marketplace at Pipestem Resort State Park Feb 2-4, 2015

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Business and gift shop retailers looking for new and trending resale items...

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  95. January 23, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 19-23, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 19, 2015 Barboursville Lake ...

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  96. January 22, 2015
    West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,016 Fall Turkeys in 2014

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary figures for the 2014 fall turkey hunting season reveal that 1,016...

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  97. January 16, 2015
    West Virginia Hunters Harvest 104,223 Deer in 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game...

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  98. January 16, 2015
    Winter weekends at Hawks Nest State Park are for entertainment

        ANSTED, West Virginia – From music to murder mysteries to magic, Hawks Nest State Park has...

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  99. January 16, 2015
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Jan. 12-16, 2015

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of Jan. 12, 2015: Bullskin Run ...

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  100. January 15, 2015
    Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming returns; West Virginia’s New River Gorge featured in premiere episode

                 CHARLESTON, W.Va. - What’s it like to fish the rapids of...

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