Spring at Cedar Lakes, Ripley Seminars: Bill Krenz
Summer at Stephens Lake, Beckley Seminars: Frankie Addington, Bob Kirschner
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars: Ben Rodgers Lee, John “Maggie” McGee, Rev. Stacy Groscup, Roger Wyant, John Rook
Treasure Mountain at Franklin
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
The Winter DNR Commission meeting was held in Charleston. Larry Lawson spoke on behalf of the WVBA requesting (as had been done in 1988) the use of the Class R bow tag in the four counties closed to gun hunting. Lawson thanked the DNR for the change allowing bowhunting during the muzzleloader season in 1989. He also commended the DNR for forming the Trophy Review Committee to clean of the Big Game Records Book.
The WVBA speaks at Legislative hearings concerning two issues. Larry pointed out many reasons why the blaze orange paint posting bill should not be passed. The bill died in Committee. Larry also expressed the Association’s support for Sunday hunting. Lawson stated that many people work six days a week and hunting is not available to them. W.Va. is one of only four states that don’t allow some sort of Sunday hunting. Speaking against Sunday hunting were the bird watchers and hiking groups. This bill also died in Committee.
A March letter to Governor Caperton urges him to appoint the Rev. Stacy Groscup to DNR Game Commission.
At the Spring DNR Commission meeting, Gus Douglass was appointed to the Game Commission. The DNR was thanked for their lowering the minimum score for bowkilled deer in the Big Buck Club to 125. A minimum of 150 had been effect for all bucks previous to this. It was noted that the Class R license change had received an 85% approval rating of those responding at the Spring Sectional Meetings.
The spring meeting of the Game Commission was highlighted by WVBA representative Larry Lawson requesting a special archery bear season in the southern counties to help curb the increasing bear problem. Later in the meeting the DNR asked the Commissioners to approve a special 20-day archery bear season in Kanawha, Fayette, Boone, Raleigh, Nicholas, and Webster counties. The Commissioners approved unanimously. A vote was later taken on the Class R tag use in the four southern counties. This also passed; with the Class RB tag becoming legal in 1990 in Logan, Mingo, Wyoming, and McDowell counties. The Class RB tag can be used, provided that the first deer was taken in a county other than these four.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
“All WVBA Bear Hunt” with Foggy Mountain Guide Service (Wayne Bosowicz) for the fall of 1990 announced.
Reprint of Charleston Daily Mail article concerning the removal of Mike Barker’s deer from the W.Va. DNR Big Buck Club.