The goal of the WVBA involvement with the AIS program is to promote the sport of archery to the students in West Virginia, thereby preserving, promoting and protecting the bowhunting heritage.

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I hope you were able to attend our Banquet March 17, 2018 at the Days Hotel and Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV.  Our guest speaker, Jim Burnworth of Western Extreme gave two excellent lectures, one on improving the mechanics of your form and one on success and failure as a bowhunter.  Go ahead and mark your calendars for our 2019 banquet weekend, March 22-24, 2019 at the Days Hotel and Conference center in Flatwoods.  I will have exciting news about our featured guest in the coming weeks.

The spring legislative session was one for the books.  We had some great successes, including the passage of a bill to legalize Sunday hunting statewide in West Virginia, on both public and private land.  This is a long, hard-fought victory to allow hunters to take advantage of the lands that we pay for seven days a week!  A second issue that your Association was in the thick of the fight against was the initiative to open all state wildlife management areas to ATV traffic.  This misguided notion, which came from good intentions to open backcountry areas to those with disabilities, would come with disastrous unintended consequences:  noise pollution, trail damage and litter, not to mention potential harassment of the fledgling elk herd on the Tomblin WMA in Logan County.  The WVBA supports enabling disabled hunters to access remote areas, but only under the existing guidance of the class Q/QQ program as established by WV DNR. For more information on Class Q/QQ click here.  The class Q/QQ program opens up tens of thousands of acres of WMA and National Forest lands to disabled hunters.  Hunters have long abided by the general principle that the hunter that is willing to work a little harder, get up a little earlier and hike a little further should reap the rewards of that effort.  ATV access on our hunting areas would destroy that ethic, allowing someone with an ATV to motor past the hunter that got up early and hiked in several miles to access a remote area.  Sportsmen across the state recognized this to be true, and the outcry against this bill was loud and ultimately led to its withdrawal.  However, we must be vigilant against this threat as it is likely to rear its ugly head again in some future legislative session.