Willard Bromfield, Jim Casto, Pat Kerns, Gene Petri
Big Buck Award
Willard Bromfield, 135-7/8
Big Groundhog Award
Regional Rep of the Year
1st Norman Farley, 2nd Randy Epling, 3rd Gene Petri
Legislator of the Year
Nick J. Rayhall II
Outdoor Writer of the Year
DNR Employee of the Year
Sgt. Wayne Styers
Landowner of the Year
Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation
Manufacturer of the Year
Spring at Elk River Bowhunters Association, Elkview Seminars: Ronnie Spurgeon, Joe Rieffenberger, Doug Crabtree
Summer at Stephens Lake, Beckley Seminars: Dave Canfield, Bill Phillips
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars:
Treasure Mountain at Sugar Grove, George Crider farm
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
At the first quarter DNR Game Commission meeting, the W.Va. Muzzleloaders Association requested a special season on deer in the antlerless counties. WVBA president Larry Lawson pointed out that October is bow season. And just because this is a muzzleloader season, 250,000 deer gun hunters would not “sit on the porch” while another gun group got the first shot at that big buck. Lawson stated this would destroy bow season as it exists today. The DNR stated they wanted to watch the 1990 deer harvest before any changes were made.
Past president Larry Lawson appointed as WVBA DNR/Legislative Representative. At the second quarter Commission meeting, the WVBA requests that the Class RB tag become an either sex tag. This was approved at the third quarter Commission meeting. Also approved was the opening of 14 additional counties to Archery Bear hunting only. Both measures would take affect in 1991.
At the fourth quarter Commission meeting, the WVBA requests that bowhunters be allowed to substitute a bow for the muzzleloader during that season. Reason being that this would allow more bowhunting opportunities. The DNR stated that since this muzzleloader season was set by the Legislature and the law reads the season will be for muzzleloaders “only”. This points out the problem with the Legislature setting seasons. There is no flexibility to improve or change the season without changing the law.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
Membership questionnaire results in winter VOICE.
WVBA receives the W.Va. Wildlife Federation (WVWF) Affiliated Club of the Year
WVWF presents past President Larry Lawson with its’ Presidential Award for his many years of unselfish efforts on behalf of sportsmen in W.Va.
W.Va. DNR gives the Rev. Stacy Groscup the first annual W.Va. Sportsmen of the Year award.