Paul Dickey Hurricane
Steve Frye Salt Rock
Randy Epling Ripley
Steve Casey French Creek
Jack Lambert Pineville
Randy Moore Huntington
Jack Whitmire Scott Depot


President Kenneth Wilson Chapmanville
Vice President John Slaughter Buckhannon
Secretary Eric Lingenfelter Barboursville
Treasurer Elmo Wiles Maidsville
Past President/Director Russ Lingenfelter Barboursville

Banquet at Cedar Lakes, Ripley

Speaker: E. Donnall Thomas

1997 Awards presented at Banquet

Bowhunter of the Year Larry Cooper
Master Bowhunter Clark Vickers, Ron Williams
Expert Bowhunter Tim Ross, Harry Croft
President’s Award Mark Timney, Larry Lawson
Regional Rep of the Year Chris Nowery
Affiliated Club of the Year Mountain State Sportsmen’s Association
Outdoor Writer of the Year Marc Timney
DNR Employee of the Year Janet Clayton
Manufacturer of the Year Don’s Archery and Browning Archery
Outfitter of the Year Bear Paw Camps, Marty Quinn


Awards J.R. Chambers
Media Bev Wiles
Merchandise Randy Epling
Records John Edman


Spring      at Huntington Archery Club

Summer    at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon
Seminars:  Mike Dickess

Fall            at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling

Treasure Mt.        at Sugar Grove at George Crider farm


Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda

House Bill 4053 passes the House but dies in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.  This “deer slaughter” bill would have forced the DNR to manage the deer herd at no more than 30 deer per square mile, regardless of habitat or environment.

Senators Love and Schoonover call for a deer gun season in the four southern bow hunting only counties.

A crossbow legalization amendment to House Bill 4500 (original bill to make it illegal to hunt while under the influence of alcohol or drugs) was defeated as Delegate Bill Proudfoot and House Majority Leader Joe Martin recommended to the full house that the crossbow amendment not be added to the bill.


  • WVBA and OBA announce BUCKEYE-MOUNTAINEER BOWHUNTER CLASSIC, to be held at Bob Evans Farms in August.

    • Affiliated Club Shoot winners

    1st        Huntington Archery

    2nd       Appalachian Bowhunters

    3rd        High Feather Archery

  • WVBA Youth Jamboree held in Morgantown

  • Second annual “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” held at Watoga State Park. Bev Wiles and Randy Moore are instructors for the archery segment.