Pat Dofka, for efforts promoting bowhunting inside Wheeling city limits.
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp.
Photo Contest, Game Taken
Affiliated Club of the Year
Elk River Bowhunters Association
Outdoor Writer of the Year
DNR Employee of the Year
Dr. Jim Crum
Landowner of the Year
Pocahontas Land Corporation
Manufacturer of the Year
Outfitter of the Year
Spring at Huntington Archery Club Seminars: Dick Clevenger
Summer at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon Seminars: Mike Dickess
Fall at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling Seminars: Fred Asbell
Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda
More crossbow legislation is introduced in the Legislature. Since past efforts to legalize crossbows for everyone have failed; the current efforts are now in the guise of helping the handicapped. At public hearings, the WVBA showed how bows could be modified to fit the handicap. Again, no crossbow legislation passes.
An urban deer management plan was instituted by the DNR. There are 64 cities in the state that could use this plan to control deer populations.
At the fourth quarter Game Commission meeting, Larry Lawson, DNR/Legislative Representative, addressed the deer baiting issue. Recent comments had suggested that bowhunters were using deer baiting as a way to kill bears that came to the bait. Larry pointed out that the WVBA had always been against deer baiting and had first suggested the ban in 1986.
Tri-County Bearhunters were again present to attack the bowhunting of bears. Their request (again) to the Commissioners was to move the bear bow season to December.
Other special EVENTS, AWARDS, HAPPENINGS
WVBA and its affiliated clubs make another donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry.
Jack Lambert wins IBO indoor “scramble” National Championship.
Joe Rieffenberger, DNR bear biologist, was presented with a check to purchase two bear radio collars.
Shooting rules change to allow shooting from anywhere between two stakes. You may shoot from wherever is within your effective range.
“Future Bowhunters Jamboree” held at Mountain State Sportsmen’s Club in Parkersburg.
WVBA supports WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE. This PAC was formed to promote the two Constitutional amendments.
Affiliated Club Shoot winners
1st Huntington Archery Club
2nd Elk River Bowhunters Association
3rd Pendleton County Bowhunters Association
W.Va. voters overwhelmingly approve two constitutional amendments; to preserve hunting license money for wildlife related use only, and to approve a wildlife license plate with proceeds from sale to fund non-game wildlife programs.