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I enjoyed the outdoor articles in the Chronicle that were written by Maricia Mlynek and Robin Gordon. I liked that the articles were about Calhoun County. All to often, I pick up a publication only to be disappointed that it doesn’t relate to me. It is refreshing to hear about the outdoors of Calhoun County and West Virginia.

Knowing that the previous outdoor articles would be over after deer gun season, I contacted the editor about the possibility of continuing an outdoor column. I hope readers will be interested in what I have to write.

I would like to focus on the outdoors of West Virginia, with an emphasis on the woods and waters of Calhoun. I moved away from Calhoun in 1999 and currently live in Nicholas County. I travel back to the county to visit family and to experience the county’s outdoor activities.

Therefore, I am better suited to write about the outdoors of West Virginia, while trying to place emphasis upon Calhoun County.

My personal outdoor experiences consist of bowhunting from Calhoun to Colorado, fishing from Steer Creek to Canada, being a fishing guide for smallmouth bass on the New River, and having 10 years of experience as a guide on West Virginia’s premier whitewater rivers.

I hope to focus on current outdoor events and approaching seasons. One current event to bring to attention is that for the first time ever, Calhoun County has a firearm bear season. It began Dec. 8 and continues through Dec. 31. You may not use dogs and you must possess a bear damage stamp. The stamp is $10 and can be purchased anywhere that licenses are available.

Last year, Calhoun had two archery black bears harvested. Before I left the county, its bear population was in its infancy. Today, it has enough of a population to allow both archery and firearm hunting. I am sure that many residents have seen a bear, or know someone who has seen one in Calhoun.

Don’t let the presence of a season fool you--I am positive that harvesting a Calhoun County black bear would be one of the most difficult tasks a hunter could tackle. My recommendation would be to purchase your damage stamp and spend time in the woods doe and muzzleloader hunting. One never knows what could amble by or be pushed out during a deer drive.

If anyone is fortunate enough to harvest the first legal black bear ever in Calhoun’s firearm season, contact me. I would love to share the story with readers.

To offer ideas and suggestions, contact me at

(Editor’s Note: Cory is the son of Ronzel and Karen Boothe of Russett. He is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun County High School and is a teacher at Meadow Bridge Elementary, Fayette County. He resides near Summersville.)

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