Bill Buxton, Don Cook, Roy Goodwin, Fred Richter, Kenneth Wilson, Jerry Woodrum
Big Buck Award
Willard Bromfield, 140-1/8
Big Groundhog Award
George Crider, 6-1/8
Regional Rep of the Year
1st Norman Farley, 2nd Randy Epling, 3rd Gene Petri
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp.
Photo Contest, Game Taken
Outdoor Writer of the Year
DNR Employee of the Year
G. Mike Willenburg
Manufacturer of the Year
Appalachian Archery (Dave Guthrie)
Spring at Wadcutters Sportsman Club, Summersville Seminars: Len Cardinale, Rev. Stacy Groscup
Summer at Stephens Lake, Beckley Seminars: Fred Asbell, Jack Brobst
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars: Jerry Peterson, Roy Goodwin, Sgt. Bobby Jones
Treasure Mountain at Sugar Grove, George Crider farm
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
At the first quarter DNR Commission, the WVBA requested that the “bear damage tag/license” cost be raised from four to five dollars; with extra dollar being used for relocation and research on problem bears. Larry Lawson, WVBA DNR/Legislative Representative also thanked the Commission for the 14 additional bowhunting only bear counties and the either sex designation for the Class RB tag in the antlerless counties.
Of special note was a statement by a representative of the Muzzleloaders Association informing the Commission they would not be taking up the Commissions valuable time with comments; but instead would go through the Legislature for any changes in their season.
During the Legislative session, a renewed effort was made to divert the DNR license money to the State General Fund. State law mandates that all hunting/fishing license dollars stay with the DNR. Some in the Legislature want to change the law and take your money.
The WVBA requests that handicapped hunters be allowed to modify their bows in any way needed to meet their handicap.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
Class R bow tag becomes either sex tag.
Larry Lawson named W.Va. DNR “Sportsman of the Year”.
John Edman, Secretary and Records Chairman of the WVBA, named to the DNR Trophy Review Committee.
WVBA members help DNR trap deer on Blennerhassett Island.