Don Cady, Jim Davis, Tim Reed, Bob Rexroad, Dave Samuel
Big Buck Award
Pat Kearns – 113-2/8
DNR Employee of the Year
Manufacturer of the Year
Landowner of the Year
Wildlife League of Ohio County
Regional Rep of the Year
Bowhunter Education Award
Spring at Marion County Bowhunters Seminars: Doug Crabtree, Rev. Stacy Groscup, Gene Blackshire
Summer at Mountain State Bowhunters, Winfield Seminars: Merv Rinta
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars: John “Maggie” McGee, Glenn Helgeland, Mike Ondik, Rev. Stacy Groscup, Doug Crabtree, Gary Alt
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
At the Winter DNR Commission meeting, the WVBA asks for a clarification of bear baiting. It is understood that baiting is illegal; but the code may not be as well defined as could be. DNR to respond in the near future.
In July, Larry Lawson spoke at the Summer DNR Game Commission meeting. He expressed the opposition of the WVBA to the closing of bear season (bow) on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The DNR feels that some bears were being killed with guns in December, and then having arrows stuck in them.
At the Fall Commission meeting, Tim Reed and Larry Lawson again spoke to the Commission about the earlier closing of bear season (bow). Research had shown that NONE of the bowkilled bears taken with a bow from 1980 through 1984 had been taken later than November 14. So this was not a law enforcement issue at all. The Commission was asked to reconsider their July action. After discussion, it was apparent no favorable action on our request would be forthcoming from the Commission.
A two week Archery Boar Season will begin in 1986.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
At the first quarter Game Commission Meeting, W.Va. DNR/Commissioners unanimously reject the use of crossbows for hunting in W.Va.
WVBA’s Appalachian Series limited edition prints available. These sets of three prints (deer, bear, and turkey) are by artist Jeff D’Agostino.
WVBA sets up International Bowhunter Education Foundation booth at the Mountain Pride Exposition. Event was held in the Wheeling Civic Center in October.
W.Va. DNR sets up hot-line to report game violations. 1-800-NET-GAME