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It’s been a busy few weeks for me. In between graduate school work at West Virginia University, my full-time gig, scouting, and running out to get dove and goose hunts in, I’ve hardly had time to break into my column writing. 

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There are many puzzle pieces to fit together if you’re to have a successful hunt or series of hunts. From gear to scent control, from practicing with your bow to patterning your shotgun; there’s a lot to do to prepare.  

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We all are guilty of putting our minds to something, following through, getting obsessed with it and then, either moving forward with it (less obsessed, of course) or giving up on it.  

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Growing up, I didn’t know much about public land hunting. Even through college, I strictly searched for quarry on private land – and typically in Doddridge or Ritchie counties. 

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I stood in the tailwaters of the North Bend Lake dam, tying my second fly of the morning in hopes to catch one of a few smallmouth bass that I had been working for the last 30 minutes.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As this season's West Virginia football home opener gets closer, the Mountaineer Ticket Office has announced that single-game tickets, including matchups with Virginia Tech and Texas, will go on sale to the public July 27 at 9 a.m.

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I think of myself as something of a history buff. I remember only enjoying a few classes in my time at Ritchie County High School, but all of my history classes top the list – especially Rick Haught and Bryan Daugherty’s U.S. History and Civics classes, respectively. 

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The 2021 Class A All-State Softball Team, was chosen recently by the West Virginia Sportswriters Association, and recognized from Ritchie County were the quartet of Chloe Elliott, Olivia Dodd, Alyvia Pittman and Marissa Jeffrey. 

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About a year ago, I wrote a column for the Dominion Post titled, ‘Is it waterfowl season yet?’ where I discussed my affinity for scouting ducks and geese from my Cheat Lake townhome balcony. Since then I’ve moved into Morgantown-proper and don’t have the luxury of stepping outside with my bi…

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I remember standing on the edge of a marsh at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md., walking around a set of trees. I imagined myself being 30 feet in the air, looking over the phragmites and calling in a sika deer – a small ungulate with a call that resembles an elk. 

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It’s mid-June, and if you haven’t started preparing for the upcoming hunting seasons, you’re behind. Whether you’re going after turkey, whitetails or waterfowl next, there’s plenty to be doing right now to make sure you’re ready for opening day.

ELLENBORO, WV - A day beyond from the original start of the Class A, Region I, Section 2 tournament due to a rain delay, the Lady Rebels started their journey to the state championships by routing visiting Williamstown, 7-0 on June 4.

WILLIAMSTOWN, WV - The Rebels finally succumbed in the Class A, Region I, Section 2 championship, after playing a four-day grueling baseball tournament, falling to winner Williamstown, 12-2, on June 4.

MIDDLEBOURNE, WV – Ritchie County and Tyler Consolidated were pitted against each other in their second showing of the Class A, Region I, Section 2 baseball tournament on June 3 – this time in the semi-final towards crowning a new champion.

ST. MARYS, W.Va. – The Class A, Region I track and field championships will be Wednesday in St. Marys. Field events start at 4 p.m., with running events beginning 30 minutes later.  This is a two-session meet.

ELLENBORO, W.Va. – The Little Kanawha Conference has seen a different boys’ team champion over the past four years – and the 2021 season will more than likely crown one of those same schools May 28 at Chuck Schofield Memorial Stadium in Ellenboro.

ELLENBORO, W.Va. - For the first time in program history, the Rebel boys’ basketball team has punched its ticket to the state tournament in Charleston, after winning the Class AA, Region I co-championship with a 59-33 victory over Wirt County on Thursday, April 29.

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. - In the first road trip of the 2021 season, Ritchie County visited Ravenswood and delivered a 6-1 LKC loss to the Lady Red Devils on Tuesday, April 27.

ELLENBORO, W.Va. - The Lady Rebels earned their first victory of 2021 – a 12-3 Little Kanawha Conference season-opening win against visiting Doddridge County on April 19.