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Experiencing the Outdoors;
Times Are Great
by Cory Boothe


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In continuation of my last column, I want to flash back to 1952. Remember the good old days? In 1952, the hunters of Calhoun County harvested 26 deer. Previous to 1952, we did not have a deer season in the county. In 1952, the state had a whitetail harvest of 17,140.

In contrast, Calhoun County hunters took home 2,653 deer in 2009. As a state, 154,524 deer were checked in by hunters.

In 1968, our spring turkey season was five days long, beginning on May 5. Today, I often hear complaints about how turkey season comes in too late, and it starts during April.

What about the fishing? Let’s compare the weights of some state record fish from 1964 compared to now:

                                    Weight In Pounds

    Species                        1964            2010

    Brown Trout                 10.5             16.0

    Rainbow Trout              10.0             15.7

    Largemouth Bass            8.6             12.3

    Smallmouth Bass            7.5               9.8

    Bluegill                           1.6               2.8

    Walleye                        14.8             18.9

In 1964, the Little Kanawha River had produced four state record size fish. Today, the Little Kanawha claims three. Of note, two of those, the flathead and the freshwater drum, were also records in 1964.

Any way about it, let’s just enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forget to keep hoping for spring. Information was collected out of West Virginia conservation magazines. Comments can be sent to

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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