West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 October – The REAL Opening of the Hunting Season

10/1/2013
By Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Time surely does “fly by” the older you get. In years past I was ready, straining at the bit, in anticipation of October. Each cool morning in September would bring visions of falling, swirling multicolored leaves. It always reminded me of the vision you get when looking through one of the old kaleidoscopes. Each evening when I fed the dogs I could sense nervousness on their part. They don’t have a calendar but a built-in sense of coming events.

In the past few years the season seems to sneak up on me and I find myself scurrying around the last few days before the opening of the season. I squirrel hunted a morning in September but didn’t deer or bear hunt. Now, with October closing in, I was busy checking shotguns and shells for grouse, woodcock and turkey hunting. Making sure all equipment was ready is a part of the fun of waiting for the seasons of October.

There is no place in West Virginia that compares to the High Country of our North Central Mountains in October. There always seems to be a breeze stirring the color-splashed leaves, sending them turning and twisting toward the earth. A light vest feels good in the morning. Winding along the Cheat River on the way to Tucker County was a beautiful drive. The fog was lifting from the cool water and formed a white ceiling shutting out the morning sun. About half way up Cheat Mountain I broke through the fog and entered a brilliantly sun lit landscape.

Part of why I hunt is just being in this country. The solitude, serenity, lack of traffic and human activity are all a big part of the hunting experience. When I throw in the dogs, a great old classic American-made shotgun and the health to walk among God’s great Outdoors, I can ask or expect nothing more. Taking a bird or two will be great for sure and add to the day’s experience, but not taking any will not detract from the day. With the clicking off of each mile, the anticipation builds until I am finally at a familiar wide spot on the old logging road.

I am pleased to see that the hawthorn has done well and the thorn apples are hanging heavy. This particular old grown-up farm has both red and yellow haws. During the first part of the season you can bet that if there is a grouse in the country he will be close to the old hawthorn trees where he finds both food and shelter. I see that the dogwood and crab apples have also done well. These soft mast types will take the grouse, deer and turkey well into the winter. But it is the oak, the acorns, that add the nourishment and fat they need to make it through the harsh mountain winter.

It takes me a minute to stretch and straighten up completely after stepping out of the truck and the dogs show no patience. They know where we are and why we have come and delay is not part of the day. With the tiny sleigh bell around Snoopy’s neck and a few 20 gauge shells for the Ithaca double in my pocket, it is time to start another year’s adventure.

Each season is like a new chapter in the hunter’s book of life. Enjoy each and every outing to its fullest, for we never know how many chapters the Good Lord has written in our book! Be safe.

Note: Check the WVDNR Hunting Regulations Summary brochure for details of all the fall 2013 hunting seasons in West Virginia.

Contact Information

Frank Jezioro – Director, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
 
frankjezioro@wvdnr.gov