The fall trout anglers should like the cooler conditions and the more adequate stream flows they have wrought.
The archery, raccoon and bird hunters are also feeling the fever of their Starting out with the annual Oct. 1 fall forest fire season, the following outdoor burning laws are now in effect through Dec. 31:
All outdoor burning is prohibited between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
All outdoor fires must have a safety strip for a minimum distance of 10 feet around the materials being burned.
All fires must be totally extinguished and not left unattended for any period of time.
Next up is the limited but unique two weeks of fall trout stocking commencing Oct. 11 and 18. Folks can thus make for a little combo hunting and fishing action.
Call the hotline at 304-558-3399 or ring them up on the web at www.wvdnr.gov for daily stocking updates.
Since Oct. 11 is the Columbus Day state holiday, stocking will actually begin Tuesday Oct. 12.
R.D. Bailey Tailwaters, Pinnacle Creek and Pond Fork afford some local fall trout opportunities.
For a little of that camp country autumn trout action, there are Anthony and Knapps Creeks, the Blackwater, Elk, Cranberry and Williams Rivers for some famous starters.
The regulations pamphlets give the complete listing.
For the archery big game hunters, their special day arrives Saturday Oct. 16. when the bow seasons for deer, bear and wild boar kick in. And with the proper hunting tags you can hunt all three from the same tree stand.
However, this fall’s prevailing and widespread wild fruit and nut crops will spread these treasured big game animals amongst those food sources making them more difficult to pinpoint.
This in turn makes the archery big game hunting conditions particularly challenging since most arrows are slung up close and personal within 30 yards or so of the quarry. Last but certainly not least, the hunting seasons for raccoon and ruffed grouse also kick in Oct. 16.
Take a youngster, be safe and enjoy. It’s about that time of year again.