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  1. October 24, 2014
    2014 Furbearer Trapping Seasons to Open Nov. 1

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s trapping...

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  2. October 24, 2014
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of Oct. 20-24, 2014

                ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of...

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  3. October 23, 2014
    Stonewall Jackson Lake Fishing Tournament Selection Meeting Oct. 27

    ROANOKE, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section will host the drawing for 2015...

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  4. October 23, 2014
    Babcock State Park’s Glade Creek Grist Mill featured on U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail® stamp

                 CLIFFTOP, West Virginia – The iconic Glade Creek Grist Mill at...

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  5. October 21, 2014
    Pipestem State Park’s fall 2014 Trout Wrangler registration extended; 2015 spring dates announced

                PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Due to high demand, registration for the...

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  6. October 21, 2014
    West Virginia drivers should take extra caution to avoid deer collisions during the fall months

                     ELKINS, W.Va. - The West Virginia...

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  7. October 21, 2014
    West Virginia’s 2014 wild boar firearms season opens Oct. 25

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wild boar firearms season in West...

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  8. October 20, 2014
    Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet Oct. 24-25 at Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. – The 2014 West Virginia Governor's One Shot Whitetail Hunt event will take place Oct. 24...

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  9. October 20, 2014
    Ride the Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Oct. 25

                 CASS, West Virginia – Tickets are still available for the annual...

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  10. October 17, 2014
    SPOOKY Night Tours at West Virginia Wildlife Center Oct. 24 and 25

                FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The name says it all: SPOOKY Night...

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  11. October 16, 2014
    Firearm antlerless deer hunting opportunity starts in October

                     SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deer hunters...

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  12. October 16, 2014
    National forest and wildlife management area roads in West Virginia open to hunters with disabilities

          SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may...

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  13. October 16, 2014
    Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend at North Bend State Park Oct. 22– 26

                 CAIRO, West Virginia – Enjoy the peaceful setting that North Bend...

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  14. October 16, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island State Park adds final fall dinner riverboat cruise Oct. 25, 2014

               PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A final fall dinner and cruise is scheduled...

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  15. October 16, 2014
    Waterfalls and Fall Foliage Photography Excursion at Pipestem Resort State Park Oct. 24-26, 2014

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Join Pipestem State Park Naturalist Julie...

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  16. October 10, 2014
    Are you a “trout wrangler?” You can be one at Pipestem State Park Oct. 28 - Nov. 23, 2014

    Registration Closes Oct. 15     PIPESTEM, West Virginia – “Trout Wrangler” is a fly fishing experience at...

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  17. October 10, 2014
    Canaan Valley Resort getting ready for winter recreation season; seasonal job fair scheduled Oct. 18

               DAVIS, West Virginia – It’s only the beginning of autumn, but that means it...

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  18. October 10, 2014
    2014 Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 14

    First daily stocking reports available on the WVDNR’s Facebook page          ...

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  19. October 9, 2014
    DNR acquires two new wildlife management areas in Preston County

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two new wildlife management areas...

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  20. October 9, 2014
    Big game harvests to be checked at an official game checking stations

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With a variety of hunting seasons...

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  21. October 8, 2014
    West Virginia’s fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 11

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The fall wild turkey hunting...

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  22. October 6, 2014
    Celebrate the heron at Beech Fork State Park during Heron Fest Oct. 11

                BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Heron Fest is a family fun day at West...

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  23. October 6, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island by Night… The Mansion by Candlelight Tour Oct. 10 and 11, 2014

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – What was it like to live on an island...

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  24. October 6, 2014
    Ten miles of fall foliage viewing at North Bend State Park Oct. 11

            CAIRO, West Virginia – Take a hike on the North Bend Rail Trail Oct. 11 and enjoy 10...

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  25. October 2, 2014
    “Life in the River” – a guided nature walk on Blennerhassett Island Oct. 4, 2014

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island...

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  26. October 2, 2014
    North Bend State Park fills October weekends with fun events

        CAIRO, West Virginia – October weekends at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County are a cornucopia of...

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  27. October 1, 2014
    Celebrate “Park-tober” in West Virginia State Parks with fall discounts and activities

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Fall kicks in during October, and West Virginia State Parks are celebrating...

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  28. September 26, 2014
    Bowhunters wanted! DNR needs volunteers for Bowhunter Survey

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of archery...

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  29. September 26, 2014
    West Virginia’s deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2014 archery...

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  30. September 25, 2014
    Get the latest information about West Virginia hunting, fishing and wildlife on Facebook and Twitter

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

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  31. September 25, 2014
    West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sept. 27-28

    Exhibition archer Byron Ferguson will perform four shows Sept. 27 and 28 during West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting...

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  32. September 25, 2014
    Colorful High Country Hotspots

    The majority of foliage in the Dolly Sods area was nearing peak Sept. 23, 2014. Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of...

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  33. September 24, 2014
    West Virginia Fall Foliage Reports Start Sept. 25, 2014

    Department of Commerce’s state foresters will provide leaf peepers with colorful routes and other information through...

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  34. September 24, 2014
    Final Walk Between the Parks event Oct. 4 at Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls state parks

                 DAVIS, West Virginia– The final Walk Between the Parks event of 2014...

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  35. September 23, 2014
    Fall channel catfish stocking at five West Virginia state parks provides great outdoor recreation for anglers and campers

    An extra stocking of channel catfish will occur at five West Virginia state park lakes in late September. Photo courtesy of the...

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  36. September 22, 2014
    West Virginia 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The 2014 “Mast Survey and...

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  37. September 19, 2014
    West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan out for public comment

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The draft “West Virginia Invasive...

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  38. September 19, 2014
    Golf professional fancies FootGolf at Pipestem Resort State Park

    Pipestem State Park Activities Coordinator Kim Hawkins and Golf Professional Bob Biroscak model classic apparel to draw...

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  39. September 18, 2014
    SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park mixes music, history and entertainment Sept. 22-25, 2014

    Blackwater Falls State Park will host SeptemberFest Sept. 22-25. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. ...

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  40. September 18, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island State Park fall dinner and river boat cruises Sept. 27 and Oct. 18, 2014

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Country-style dinners and sternwheeler...

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  41. September 17, 2014
    Cherokee leader Ostenaco presentation at Blackwater Falls State Park Sept. 23, 2014

    Doug Wood will portray Cherokee leader Ostenaco Sept. 23 at Blackwater Falls State Park. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  42. September 17, 2014
    WVDNR Law Enforcement officers seize illegally harvested ginseng in southern West Virginia

                BECKLEY, West Virginia – A year-long investigation by Natural...

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  43. September 16, 2014
    Electrical upgrades at Hawks Nest State Park scheduled Sept. 29, 2014

                 ANSTED, West Virginia – Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted in...

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  44. September 16, 2014
    Outdoor Youth Challenge – West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 and 28 at Stonewall SP

    Children ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge during West Virginia’s Celebration of...

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  45. September 10, 2014
    Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Still Available

    Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the...

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  46. September 10, 2014
    Small game hunting and trapping opportunities for 2014–2015 season

    Squirrel season opens statewide Sept. 13, the first of many small game hunting seasons opening in West Virginia through the...

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  47. September 10, 2014
    Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

    Early black bear hunting seasons begin in select counties in September and October. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  48. September 9, 2014
    Tu-Endie-Wei State Park site of archaeological dig Sept. 13-14

    Battle Days with “On the Drum” Native American demonstration Oct. 3-4 Tu-Endie-Wei State Park will host a public...

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  49. September 9, 2014
    Battle of Carnifex Ferry re-enactment Sept. 13-14, 2014

    The 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry will be re-enacted Sunday, Sept. 14, at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Living history...

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  50. September 8, 2014
    Hey Ranger! Greenbrier State Forest’s Jesse Anderson nominated for award; public vote Sept. 8-19 can make West Virginia a winner

             CALDWELL, West Virginia – Jesse Anderson is a park ranger at Greenbrier State Forest...

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  51. September 8, 2014
    FootGolf at Pipestem Resort State Park is first in West Virginia

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football,...

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  52. September 8, 2014
    FLASHBACK plays at Pipestem Amphitheater, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

               PIPESTEM, West Virginia – It's a classic rock evening with FLASHBACK at...

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  53. September 5, 2014
    Ostenaco at Beech Fork State Park during Mary Ingles 18th century encampment, Sept. 13, 2014

    Doug Wood will portray Cherokee leader Ostenaco Sept. 13 at Beech Fork State Park as part of the Mary Ingles 18th century...

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  54. September 5, 2014
    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources receives grant to address White-Nose Syndrome in bats

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced grant awards totaling $1...

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  55. September 5, 2014
    Ghost stories and local lore at Twin Falls State Park Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

               MULLENS, West Virginia – Wanna hear something really scary? David “Bugs”...

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  56. September 3, 2014
    Find, prepare and eat wild foods during Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 19-21, 2014, at North Bend State Park

    Wild foods expert Edelene Wood (right) has been teaching about, preparing and serving wild foods during Nature Wonder Weekends...

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  57. August 22, 2014
    Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

                 SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  58. August 22, 2014
    DNR fish health surveys to be conducted week of Aug. 25 on Kanawha and Elk rivers

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of...

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  59. August 20, 2014
    Social media creates dining-out interest at West Virginia State Parks

    Cacapon is one of three West Virginia state parks that post special theme nights and Sunday buffets on Facebook. Photo Courtesy...

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  60. August 19, 2014
    September openings of West Virginia’s youth and statewide squirrel seasons

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Summer is winding down and the...

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  61. August 19, 2014
    “The Frontier Table” is set at Blennerhassett Island State Park Aug. 24; Foodways Tours Aug. 30

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Local historians Martha and Richard ...

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  62. August 18, 2014
    West Virginia Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Fall Workshop Sept. 12-14, 2014, at Watoga State Park

    Registration is underway for the West Virginia Becoming and Outdoors-Woman fall workshop Sept. 12-14. Photo Courtesy of the...

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  63. August 18, 2014
    WANTED: West Virginia trophy fish and big bucks for display at Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 & 28

    WVDNR is looking for big bucks and trophy fish to display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at...

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  64. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s Mourning Dove Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Mourning dove season in West...

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  65. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s Canada Goose Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014–2015 waterfowl...

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  66. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s 2014 seasons set for dove, rail, snipe and woodcock

              SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014-2105 hunting season...

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  67. August 12, 2014
    Canaan Valley Resort State Park hosts author and artist “Porte Crayon” – History Alive! performance Aug. 20, 2014

    Self-portrait by David Hunter Strother – “Porte Crayon”. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  ...

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  68. August 11, 2014
    School calendars and swimming opportunities adjusted at Tygart Lake and other West Virginia state parks

    Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the...

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  69. August 8, 2014
    White-tailed deer “Wall of Shame” and nuisance black bear trapping and relocation program at Beech Fork State Park Aug. 16

                 BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Anyone interested in finding out how...

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  70. August 7, 2014
    Eyes to the Sky: Watch the Perseid meteor showers at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12, 2014

    Watch the Perseid meteor shower at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department...

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  71. August 7, 2014
    Learn watercolor painting technique with artist Alina Kurbiel at Lost River State Park Aug. 13, 2014

                MATHIAS, West Virginia – Alina Kurbiel likes to paint. Ever since she...

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  72. August 6, 2014
    Summer’s not over yet at Canaan Valley State Park: turtle slide tube ride, sporting clays and golf

    The “Turtle Slide Tube Ride” comes to Canaan Valley State Park this summer. Other warm-weather activities at Canaan include a...

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  73. August 6, 2014
    Joint undercover investigation results in game law violation convictions in Berkeley County

               HEDGESVILLE, West Virginia – Steven B. Tyson of 1198 Apple Harvest Drive,...

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  74. August 6, 2014
    Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History celebrates Art Appreciation Month: Lily Irene Jackson featured Aug. 10, 2014

    This portrait in oil of artist Lily Irene Jackson will be on display during a special presentation at the Blennerhasset Museum...

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  75. August 5, 2014
    Eastern bluebird is “Bird of the Month” at Kanawha State Forest Aug. 9, 2014, 2 p.m.

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. Male Eastern Bluebird     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West...

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  76. August 1, 2014
    Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off looking for chefs

    Butch’s Good Ol’ Boy Chili is a past participant in Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s Amateur Backyard Chili/BBQ Cook-off....

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  77. July 31, 2014
    Tygart Lake State Park’s 2014 swimming beach reopening is successfu;l Open water skills training event scheduled Aug. 2, 2014

    Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will host a water skills training event Aug. 2, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  78. July 31, 2014
    “Walk Between the Parks” at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks, August 2, 2014

    Walk Between the Parks is scheduled Aug. 2, 2014, at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  79. July 30, 2014
    Snakes of West Virginia program at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, August 2, 2014

              DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the West Virginia...

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  80. July 23, 2014
    Two state parks long-distance rail trails attract hikers and bikers

    The Greenbrier River Trail is popular with bikers and hikers. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. ...

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  81. July 21, 2014
    Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Now Available

    Applications for the limited bear firearms season in 17 counties must be submitted by Aug. 18, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  82. July 18, 2014
    Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is...

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  83. July 8, 2014
    Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course at Cacapon Resort a Great Golf Drive

                BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golfers at all levels enjoy the many great golf...

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  84. July 7, 2014
    Moth Night on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday July 27

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of...

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  85. July 3, 2014
    Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West...

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  86. July 2, 2014
    Blackwater Falls State Park features family activities, crafts and champion liar Bil Lepp to celebrate Independence Day Weekend

               DAVIS, West Virginia – Special Independence Day weekend events and...

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  87. July 1, 2014
    Hike to explore life along the Bluestone River July 5, 2014

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – National Park rangers and Pipestem Resort...

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  88. July 1, 2014
    Independence Day holiday weekend at Stonewall Resort features fireworks, music and family fun

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Nothing says summer fun like the Fourth of...

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  89. June 30, 2014
    Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

               SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  90. June 30, 2014
    Let’s Root for the Trees at Blennerhassett Island State Park July 5, 2014

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island is...

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  91. June 27, 2014
    DNR Investigates Black Bear Encounter in Monongalia County

                 MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  92. June 26, 2014
    Outdoor Adventure Weekends at North Bend State Park feature mountain biking and kayaking

                 CAIRO, West Virginia – North Bend State Park helps people get...

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  93. June 25, 2014
    Trains, night golf, and bluegrass at West Virginia’s state parks June 27-29, 2014

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will run a Double Header to Bald Knob June 27 and an Old Spruce Run June 29. Photo Courtesy of...

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  94. June 25, 2014
    Cabwaylingo State Forest “linger longer” rental rate encourages time outdoors with family and friends

    Cabin at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DUNLOW,...

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  95. June 24, 2014
    Stonewall State Park Foundation to host children’s nature camp July 14-17

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Stonewall State Park Foundation will host a...

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  96. June 24, 2014
    Campground electricity restored at Tomlinson Run State Park

                 NEW MANCHESTER, West Virginia – Tomlinson Run State Park campground...

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  97. June 23, 2014
    Got Talent? – Family Fun at Beech Fork State Park June 28

    Beech Fork State Park will host a talent show June 28. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  ...

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  98. June 19, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island’s Rendezvous on the River June 25-28, 2014

    Re-enactors will show what pioneer life of the early 1800s was like in West Virginia during Rendezvous on the River on...

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  99. June 19, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island Frolic and Picnic Meal - A different “out-to-eat” experience June 28, 2014

    The Island Belle sternwheeler will carry guests to Blennerhassett Island June 28 for the first of three “Island Frolic and...

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  100. June 19, 2014
    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers Preparing for Operation Dry Water June 27-29, 2014

    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will be checking for boaters who are abusing alcohol and drugs as part of...

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