Paul Dickey South Charleston
Steve Frye Salt Rock
Randy Epling Ripley
Steve Casey French Creek
Jack Lambert Pineville
Randy Moore Huntington
Kenneth Wilson Chapmanville


President Russ Lingenfelter Barboursville
Vice President John Slaughter Buckhannon
Secretary Bob Spencer Parkersburg
Treasurer Elmo Wiles Maidsville
Past President/Director John Edman Washington

Banquet at Cedar Lakes, Ripley

Speaker: Dave Holt
Seminars: Dave Holt  –  technical bow tuning
Tom Huhns  –  flint knapping
J.R. Chambers  –  Africa
Joe Keeslar  – knife making

1996 Awards presented at Banquet

Bowhunter of the Year John Edman
Master Bowhunter Ron Miller, Jeff Stephenson
Expert Bowhunter Paul Blowers, Larry Cooper, Randy Epling
President’s Award Kenneth Wilson
Regional Rep of the Year Mike Goff
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp. Scott Andrews
Photo Contest, Game Taken Larry Cooper
Affiliated Club of the Year Pendleton County Bowhunters
Legislator of the Year Senator Ed Bowman
DNR Employee of the Year Keith Krantz
Manufacturer of the Year Gene’s Turkey Calls, Gene Blackshire
Outfitter of the Year North Country Outfitters, Greg Bonecutter


Spring      at Huntington Archery Club

Summer    at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon
Seminars:    Mark Timney

Fall            at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling
Seminars:   Larry D. Jones

Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda

The first quarter Game Commission meeting again finds the Tri-County Bear Hunters attacking the bowhunting of bears.  He requests the closing of bow bear season in Clay, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Summers, Upshur, and Wyoming counties.  He also recommended that bow season not open until November 1.  (Numerous previous requests had been for a December season only.)

Senator Shirley Love introduces handicapped crossbow legalization legislation.  He then becomes confused when Larry sends him a letter expressing the opposition of the WVBA.

Senate concurrent resolution #37 (by Shirley Love) requests that a joint committee on government and finance to make a study on the need for legislative exceptions to the prohibition on crossbow hunting for certain individuals.

At the second quarter Game Commission meeting, the WVBA requests the Commissioners contact the Governor and request him to veto House Bill 2886 which was written by the Farm Bureau and places a farmer on the Game Commission.

The Interim Committee discusses crossbow legislation (Resolution #37) on September 15.  The WVBA had 25 minutes to present their position, as did the opposition.  Nothing was resolved.  No common ground was found.  It seems this crossbow issue will never go away.

At Senator Schoonover’s insistence the interim committee on crossbow study meets again on December 15.  The WVBA was invited to attend and participate, but were relegated to role of spectator.  The committee decided the best thing to do was create a two year trial season to be studied.  Details would be worked out later to decide who could hunt with a crossbow.


  • WVBA participates in Elkins Outdoor Youth Expo in February.

  • Future Bowhunters Jamboree held in Morgantown in June, sponsored by State Line Hunting Club and the WVBA.

  • WVBA receives the DNR “W.Va. Sportsmen’s Organization of the Year.”

    • Affiliated Club Shoot winners

    1st        Huntington Archery Club

    2nd       Elk River Bowhunters Association

    3rd      Appalachian Bowhunters Association

  • WVBA and affiliated club Appalachian Bowhunters Association participate in National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Jackson Latke State Park.

  • WVBA and its’ Affiliated Clubs make another donation to Hunters Helping the Hungry.

  • Becoming an Outdoors Women program starts in W.Va. Mark Timney represents the WVBA as archery instructor.