Natural Resources Commission to meet October 28, 2018

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The West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will conduct its next quarterly meeting on Sunday, October 28, at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County.

The meeting will start at 1 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and make comments. Items on the agenda include:

  • Review, Correct and Approve the Minutes of the July 29, 2018, Meeting at Stonewall Resort State Park

  • Review Results of Deer Hunters Survey

  • Public Comments

  • Director Stephen McDaniel’s Comments

  • Wildlife Management Areas – 5-year Plan

‘Catch and Release’ Might Have a Problem

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Those who like to fish purely for the sport of it often abide by a “catch and release” policy: Reel in the fish, unhook it, and let it go free again to make sure stocks don’t get depleted. But a first-of-its kind study suggests that what seems like a happy ending for both fish and fishermen isn’t so great for the fish after all, reports BGR. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside found that fish caught with a hook in or near the mouth have a significantly tougher time feeding afterward, they report in the Journal of Experimental Biology. As in, the perch in the study sucked in food 34% slower than perch caught with a net, reports Discover.

“We were surprised with how dramatic the difference was,” says lead researcher Tim Higham. The finding suggests that catch-and-release poses a risk to a fish’s survival, but the researchers say more study is needed to determine whether this adds up to a “significant impact on survival.“ For example, they need to figure out if feeding improves as the injury heals. Still, if the results are confirmed, it could lead to changes such as smaller hooks or the rethinking of catch-and-release practices for rare fish, per Discover.

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, September 22-23, 2018

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Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day September 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.

Staff from the Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions they may have.

West Virginia native Frank Addington Jr. will perform hour-long shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Addington’s “bow and arrow razzle-dazzle” will feature shooting aspirin-sized objects out of the air. The entirety of the show is shot with a recurve bow behind his back.

For the first time, the Mountain State Kayak Anglers are hosting a bass fishing tournament. Up to 200 anglers will be competing Saturday on Stonewall, Stonecoal and Burnsville lakes. A cash prize of $10,000 will go to the top angler during the awards ceremony at noon Sunday.

The Outdoor Youth Challenge will take place Saturday and Sunday. Youth ages 6-18 may participate and will be eligible to win prizes such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and hunting- and fishing-related items. Youth who compete in the five scored events can win a scholarship to Conservation Camp and Jr. Conservation Camp.

Seminars on wild game cooking, snakes, coyote calling and hunting, waterfowl hunting with dogs, and recording your own hunts will be presented each day. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 14 and younger. Complete schedules are available at under the Special Opportunities heading. The event is co-sponsored by the DNR and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation.

DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for National Hunting and Fishing Day display

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for the big buck and trophy fish display at the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park on September 22-23.

Mounted trophy white-tailed bucks with a Pope and Young or Boone and Crockett score of 140 or greater that were legally harvested with a bow or gun may be entered in the display. The DNR also is seeking fish that meet the DNR’s trophy citation guidelines.

“This display is a tremendous draw at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day and attracts thousands of visitors each year,” said display organizers James Walker and Tyler Evans, DNR wildlife biologists. “This is a great opportunity to show off your big buck or trophy fish.”

The display is limited to the first 30 qualifying trophy bucks, and only 25 qualifying trophy fish, chosen by a selection committee, will be displayed. No more than five fish of any species will be accepted for the display. Each hunter and angler who displays their trophy deer or fish at the two-day event will be entered in a drawing for several valuable prizes.

For more information about entering a qualifying buck, email Tyler Evans at ‘’. For fish, email James Walker at ‘’. Hunters and anglers also may call 304.924.6211 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

In addition to the DNR, event sponsors include the West Virginia Wildlife Federation and Toyota.

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