Kenny Browning, Donald Hoffman, Rusty Lane, Jim Pauley
First Deer Award
George Barrett, Josh Sandone, Cory Kruk,
Dustin Dowler, Brian Dale, David Miller,
Tim Clendenen, John Adkins,
Eddie McKinney, Ronald Dean
Big Buck Award
Big Groundhog Award
Regional Rep of the Year
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp.
Photo Contest, Game Taken
Affiliated Club of the Year
Outdoor Writer of the Year
DNR Employee of the Year
Landowner of the Year
Manufacturer of the Year
Outfitter of the Year
Spring at Huntington Archery Club Seminars: Mike Dickess
Summer at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon Seminars: Len Cardinal
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars: John Trout, Jr., Tom Allen, Jim Evans, Jim Casto, Dean Tortes, Marty Quinn, Dean Hupp, Mark Timmy
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
At the first quarter Game Commission meeting, the Muzzleloaders Association requested a week long season starting October 30. During the comment period by the WVBA, Larry Lawson pointed out that we were not against increased muzzleloader hunting days; and that the record would show that we had supported the increase from 3 days to 6 days in 1992. Larry also said the WVBA is against any muzzleloader season prior to buck gun season. Reason being this would destroy the bow season, create a tremendous increase in the number of muzzleloader hunters through a transfer of deer hunters from the traditional buck gun season, and result in a huge increase in bucks killed before the rut.
Crossbows are again introduced in the Legislature. Again, none pass.
At the second quarter Game Commission meeting, the WVBA states the position of keeping the four southern bowhunting only counties as is. It is felt this is one highest quality trophy deer areas in the eastern U.S. and a gun season will destroy this unique area.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
Bob Anderson teaches a BOWHUNTER EDUCATION “Instructor Class” during Banquet weekend.
Dave Samuel was presented an award by Bob Anderson, Executive Director of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation for Dave’s many years of service in the promotion of BOWHUNTER EDUCATION on a national and international level.
The WVBA and its Affiliated Clubs make another donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry.
First FUTURE BOWHUNTERS JAMBOREE held at Huntington Archery Club in June.
IBO World Championship held at Flatwoods, W.Va. again. Mid-State Archers is the host organization.
Summary of DEER MANAGEMENT MEETINGS IN SOUTHERN W.VA. Published in fall VOICE.
BOWHUNTER SURVEY started in 1995. Cooperative effort between WVBA and W.Va. DNR. Survey reports deer and other animal observations during the bow season.
A bow wounding study at the Camp Ripley bow hunt in Minnesota shows that wounding rates are low.