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, Big Fish .3 inch. 9 pound, Lar- Bass w+as caught in m a private pond by ess on September Killed Doss killed this rat- September 5, on Mountain as he for ginseng. This measured 3 Ieet and had 8 rattles. D,)ss t have killed it k at him. ! Calier- Strelec to at Stonewall State Park "Caller Jim Strelec, who With Knight &amp; Hale in Cadiz, Kentucky, e than 30 years, will be his deer grunting skills during semi- 2003 West Virginia of National Hunting Days at Stonewall State Park in Le- September 27 and -tailed deer. turkey, ou name it. he's it--and he that knowledge The public is invited to enjoy archery, youth competition, good toed. sport dogs. care and cooking of fish and game, shot- gun and black powder shooting, and many more activities and door prizes. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under age 15, and children 3 and under free. For more information call (304) 558-2771 or visit the WVDNR Web site at www.wvdnr.gov/huntinJnathun tfish.shtm. 'Roadsides in Bloom' WV Operation Wildflower 2004 Calendar Contest Entry Deadline October 1 The Division of Highways and Natural Resources invite the public to submit entries for the 2nd Annual WV Operation Wildflower 2004 "'Roadsides in Bloom'" calendar contest. The rules are: * Photographs must be taken in West Virginia. * Entries must be submitted as an 8" x 10" glossy color print. Photos must be landscape orien- tation. Vertical prints will not be accepted. Photographs be- come property of the state and cannot be returned. * Flowers appearing in the pho- tograph must be growing along a road which must appear in the picture. Wildflowers may be growing naturally along road- sides or in an Operation Wild- flower donated site along an in- terstate highway. Cultivated species planted in arranged beds such as marigolds, pansies, etc. are not acceptable. * A short description of the photo including location on an 8 1/2" x I1" sheet of paper must accompany the photo. * Name, address, phone number and e-mail (if applicable) must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. * No more than three entries per person. Only one winning pho- tographer will be selected from each photographer's entries. * Open to all ages. * Twelve winners will be se- lected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the He will be appear- calendar cover. celebration. * The state reserves the right Hunting and Fish- not to print the calendar if suffi- Celebration is spon---cient entries are not received. ,the West Virginia Di- For additional information ,'atu, LI Resources and please call 1-800-322-5530. qrginia Wildlife Fed- Mail entries to: Roadsides in than I00 vendors Bloom Calendar Contest, WV will be available. Division of Natural Resources, Groseclose & Windows Since 1979 your free consultation, Contact Dick or Jesse at 009-4118 All types ROOFING HOMES OR ADDITIONS Uarantee Vinyl Siding tte d 43 Windows -- Sweet BUILD DECKS CHAIN UNK FENCE 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Bldg 3-Room 732, Charleston, WV 25305. Employees of the DNR and DOH are not eligible to enter this contest. Preseason Scouting by Hunters Important in 2003 West Virginia wildlife offi- cials are encouraging hunters to visit their favorite hunting sites prior to season opening dates. Spotty mast (wild foods) pro- duction has occurred throughout most of West Virginia, accord- ing to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in Charge of Game Man- agement for the Division of Natural Resources' Wildlife Re- sources Section. Severe freezes experienced in most of the state in May, 2002, adversely affected red oak pro- duction in 2003 and constant rain this pm spring had a nega- tive affect cn the flowering of species like white and chestnut oak. However. it appears some locales escaped the adverse envi- ronmental conditions. "Our field cooperators in most of the state are reporting that hickory, beech, and walnut produced much better this year," Johansen said. "In addition, many of the soft mast species produced better in 2003 than last fall." The DNR's Wildlife Resourc- es Section compiles an annual "'Mast Survey and Hunting Out- look'" report each fall. This pub- lication documents the status of the most common mast foods used by wildlife on a regional and county basis. Johansen en- courages hunters to review a copy of this report at the DNR web site www.wvdnr.gov. However, this outlook is not a substitute for hunters scouting their particular hot spots. "'Getting out in the woods a few days or a week prior to hunting can make the difference between success and failure," stated Johansen. Special Antlerless Deer Hunts for Physically Challenged Hunters December 10, lI, at Snowshoe Resort Snowshoe Mountain Resort, the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Vir- ginia Division of Tourism, and the West Virginia Hunters Edu- cation Instructors Assocation are announcing the fourth annual special antlerless deer hunts for the physically challenged at Snowshoe Resort in Pvc',dmntas County. It is named in honor of Wallace "Frank": Hall, Jr., one of the first participants. Sepa- rate day hunts will be conducted on December 10 and ! 1. Only one deer per participant may be harvested. These are day hunts, but lodging is available on a limited basis at discounted rates. ELIGIBILITY: Persons with substantial permanent limi- tations in the areas of vision (blind), hearing ,profound deaf). and limb Impairments. Illll be ocabontaa linte--Ser)tember 25, 2003--Page REQUIREMENTS: * Must have successfully completed an approved Hunter Education Course (show proof) * Must complete a shooting qualification done by a certified firearms instructor using Snowshoe Resort targets. (3 shots 40 yards, 6 inch group). There is no charge for this reqmrement. *Must provide own adaptive equipment, including clothing, firearm, ammunition, shcx)ting rig, etc. *Hunting sites and assis- tants will be provided at no charge. However, each partici- pant must pay lot any meals, lodging, transportation, licens- es, and any other costs. *All participants must comply with all applicable hunting laws and regulations 5 such as but not limited to: wear- ing ble orange, field tagging and checking deer, and have an unfilled Pocahontas Class N license. To receive an application, contact George Skinner, WVHEA at 304-684-4444, Randy Chapman at 304-269- 731 1, or e-mail wvrchapmanC;aol.c,,m or Lt. Tim Coleman, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Section, State Capitol, Building 3, R<m 832, Charleston, WV 25305, phone 304-558-2784 or e-mail tcoleman (q;dnr.state.wv.us The number el participants is limited. Applications must be post- marked by November 1. _1farm .f2 et.00 Farm Service Agency News Dividing Farmland Farmland purchased or sold that has base acres can be divided by the "landowner designation:" Base acres on a farm are acres that have a history of having had crops such as corn, oats, wheat, barley or grain sorghum planted. The "landowner designation method" divides the base acres in the manner agreed to by the par- ent farm owner and purchaser or transferee. This method may be used when part of a farm or an entire farm is sold or ownership is transferred. All the following requirements must be met to use the designation by landowner method: * the land sold or transferred must have been owned for at least three years * the owner of the parent farm and the purchaser shall file a signed written memorandum of understanding designating con- tract acres * if the land is subject to a lien, mortgage, or deed of trust, the holder must agree to the crop designation in writing For more information on di- viding farmland contact the Po- cahontas County Farm Service Agency, located in the USDA Service Center, 799-4317. Rural Development Grants Available LJSDA-Rural Development announces the availability of $27,7 million through the Val- ue Added Agricultural Product Market Development Grant VADG) Program. "'We.t Vir- ginia's agricultural producers who want to develop or increase their "value-added" agricultural products need to take a look at this program," said Jenny N. Phillips, Rural Development State Director for Wes! Vir- ginia. The Value-Added Agricultur- al Product Market Development Grant (VADG) Program is to help eligible independent pro- ducers of agricultural commodi- ties, agricultural producer groups, farmer and rancher co- operatives, and majority-con- trolled producer-based business ventures to fund one of two ac- tivities: (I) develop business plans or feasibility studies for viable marketing opportunities or (2) acquire working capital to operate a value-added business venture or an alliance that will allow the producers to better compete in domestic and inter- national markets. Applications can only be for one or the other of these two activities, but not both. Grant funds may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the costs for carrying out relevant projects. Other Federal Grants cannot be used as matching funds. The maximum grant award is $500,(X)0. Priority is given to projects under $5(X),000. proJects producing energy from biomass or demon- strafing profitable use of inno- vative technoh)gies. Applications must be com- pleted and submitted to Mr. John Comerci, USDA Rural Development, 481 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801. as soon as possible, but no later than 4:00 pm on October 20. Applications received after Oc- tober 20 will not be considered. For additional information, please refer to the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), published in the September 4, 2003 Federal Register and the Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) home page at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/ vadg.htm. You may also con- tact USDA-Rural Business-Co- operative Service at 304/284- 4883 or the VADG contact per- son for West Virginia, Mr. John Comerci, 304/252-8644, exten- sion 165. I I Connecting to the Best Cellular Network in West Virginia ... Has Never Been Easier/ If top quality wireless phone coverage and service are important to you, then you need to get on board with CellularOne. 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