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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 West Virginia WILD for January 2013 - A column by WVDNR Director Frank Jezioro

West Virginia WILD – Stories by WVDNR Director Frank Jezioro.

January – The Month for “The Dogs”

Saturday finally arrived. The day promised to be about perfect for the little hounds. Sunshine, spotty snow to see tracks, and damp ground to provide good scenting conditions for the beagles to run the rabbits. The two little hounds were eager to go and dancing around in their boxes. Soon we had a few shells stuffed in our vests and the dogs were let out and started around the hill. We were hunting grown up pasture land in Gilmer County.

The land had long ago been abandoned as far as its use for grazing cattle. The pasture land was basically being taken over by briers, multiflora rose bushes and little islands of brush. We could see the marks on the small saplings where rabbits had chewed when the snow was too deep for them to reach the grass. We were walking along on ancient cattle trails, now being used by deer, while the dogs were busily investigating every nook and cranny, every old log and every thick patch of grass.

All of a sudden the dog opened with a series of short chops and bawls and even a squeal or two as the excitement of running right into a rabbit struck its nose. We saw the rabbit squirt out of the cover and dash across the open ground, headed for the next hollow with the dogs in hot pursuit. We then separated about 50-60 yards and took up a position where we had some visibility of the hillside. Rick was up the hill and I was lower where I could see the edge of the hollow where the dogs disappeared. We could hear them as their voices came from deeper in the hollow. Now it sounded like they were heading up the other side of the hollow.

The next time we heard them it was obvious they were coming back in our direction.

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