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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Small Game Seasons
& Winter Fishing
by Cory Boothe


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Weather conditions kept me from writing last week’s article. My section of Nicholas County was blanketed in 24 inches of snow, resulting in most of Southern West Virginia not having power.

Hopefully, everyone had an enjoyable Christmas. If you got any outdoor gifts, please put them to good use. The winter doldrums is quickly approaching. Big game seasons are coming to a close. Old man winter is getting a steady grip on us.

Fortunately, we still have small game seasons. It is a great time to go out after rabbits or grouse. Watching a working dog on the trail of a bunny brings a joyous smile to the face of a hunter.

Predator season is heating up as winter is cooling us down. Night time coon lights, calls, and decoys are the name of the game here. Be cautious of wind direction as predators circle downwind. The best times are right before dark and on into the night.

Pay close attention to water levels on the Little Kanawha River. As the main river rises, backwaters ebb into the tributaries and create an excellent hide out for the elusive muskie. Braving cold temperatures while drifting live chubs might reward you with a quality fish for your endeavors.

Don’t forget, with the new year comes the need for a new license. Enjoy 2010 and make it your best year outdoors ever.

If you harvested a large buck or had an extraordinary hunt, please email 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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