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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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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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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.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice kicked off the spring trout stocking season this week, ceremonially stocking the first of over 1,400 trout that were released at Buffalo Creek and announcing that, through his Spring Trout Stocking Initiative and other improvements to trout stocking efforts acr…

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This story originally published for The Appalachian Hunting Journal, a partner of The Ritchie Gazette. To read more Appalachian-centric stories about hunting, fishing, cooking and more, go to hillnholler.com or click the Appalachian Hunting Journal tag in the top navigation bar. 

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Another meal I like to cook (and order!) in the bitter, winter months is authentic Vietnamese pho. Typical with chicken, pork and beef, I wanted to try it out with one of the venison tenderloins I had sitting in my freezer.

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This recipe was originally published by The Appalachian Hunting Journal, a partner of The Ritchie Gazette. To read more Appalachian-centric stories, head over to https://hillnholler.com!

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Outdoor Life recently published an article by Durrell Smith about an old .410 shotgun being brought back to life. The title, “Granddaddy’s Gun,” is one that should rouse any traditional hunter or gun enthusiast’s curiosity. Many of our stories at camp or over a couple of drinks with hunting …

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Although the holidays are long gone, I’d like to share with you a staple recipe you can whip up in less than an hour and impress your guests as if you’ve been cooking it all day for any occasion. 

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Another deer season is almost over, and without fail, a flood of pictures of whitetail bucks on trail camera with the question, “How old is he?” has hit my social media feed. 

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There have been a lot of stories published about a surge in hunting and fishing license sales around the country, including an increase in first-time hunters, but overall hunting license sales are still declining at an uncomfortable rate. 

One of the easiest things to make for lunch – and something that can be very delicious if done correctly – are paninis. I love experimenting with paninis and typically make them with sliced turkey, but when you have some venison calling to you from the freezer it can make for a great protein…