Paul Dickey Hurricane
Ken Ickes Grafton
Randy Epling Ripley
Steve Casey French Creek
Bev Wiles Maidsville
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: Dwight Schuh

1998 Awards presented at Banquet

Bowhunter of the Year Tom Kruk, Tim Ross
Master Bowhunter Jason Cook, Donald Hoffman, Mike Parrish,
Paul Pichardo, Daniel Gillenwater
Expert Bowhunter Jason Cook, Robert Dale, Ray Farley,
Toby Hershey,  Tom Kruk, Bill Stevens
First Deer Award Dustin Denohew, Joel Green, Orville Shamblin
President’s Award Randy Epling, Jack Whitmire
Regional Rep of the Year Rusty Reed, Pam Slaughter
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp. Tom White
Photo Contest, Game Taken Al Smith
Affiliated Club of the Year Huntington Archery
Legislator of the Year Senator Robert Dittmar
Outdoor Media Award of the Year Chris Lawrence
DNR Employee of the Year Cliff Brown
Landowner of the Year Century Aluminum
Manufacturer of the Year Frank Addington, Sr, Marc Fox
Outfitter of the Year Ron Henry, Ron Henry Bear Camp, Quebec


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


Spring      at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling

Summer    at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon

Fall            at W.Va Interstate Fairgrounds, Mineral Wells

Mountain        at Sugar Grove at George Crider farm


Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda

House Legislation again introduced to legalize crossbow use by the handicapped.  Senator Schoonover introduces legislation to legalize crossbow use by Class Q license holders.  House Bill (2630) passes late in the session.  The bill would legalize the crossbow for use by Class Q license holders, and the bill would also make them start paying for the Class Q license, which is now FREE.  The bill does not gain approval in the Senate.

At the third quarter Game Commission meeting, the WVBA requests that bowhunters be allowed to take two deer in the four southern bow only counties.  If there is a need for does to be killed, then allow the bowhunters to do so.  No action was taken by the Commissioners on the request.


  • WVBA becomes a part of the BOWSITE

  • DNR Director Rader thanks WVBA for Hunters Helping the Hungry support.

  • WVBA attends Physically Challenged Advisory Board meeting, presenting information on bow modifications and other shooting aids for bowhunters.