Steve Frye Salt Rock
John Drangmeister Hurricane
Tom Kruk Ravenswood
Anna Sowards Culloden
Jamie Withrow South Charleston
Brian Lingenfelter Salt Rock
Randy Epling Ripley


President Elmo Wiles Maidsville
Vice President Tim Ross Gay
Secretary Ed McMinn South Charleston
Treasurer John Adkins Millwood
Past President/Director Russ Lingenfelter Barboursville (Milford, OH)

Banquet at Cedar Lakes, Ripley

Speaker: MR James
Seminars: MR James, Roger Rothhaar, Mike Dickess, Marty Quinn

2004 Awards presented at Banquet

Bowhunter of the Year Tommy White
Jr. Bowhunter of the Year Shea Marsh and Ben Ross
Master Bowhunter Al Smith
Big Buck Award Dan Suttle
Big Bear Award Kirby Eskew
Big Carp Award Lonnie Sneed
President’s Award John Drangmeister and Ed Hamrick
Regional Rep of the Year Corey Kruk
Appreciation Award Bob Errett
Photo Contest, Bowhunter Exp. Lonnie Sneed
Photo Contest, Game Taken Al Smith
Affiliated Club of the Year Wildlife League of Ohio County
DNR Employee of the Year Dave McClung and Scott Warner
Outdoor Media of the Year Patrick McMurtry
Legislator of the Year Richard Thompson, Delegate
Manufacturer of the Year Dusty Nutter c/o PSE
Outfitter of the Year Ben Arsenault – ACI Expeditions


Awards Tim Ross
Media Ed McMinn
Merchandise Randy Epling
Records John Edman
Banquet Steve Frye


Cabin Fever Shoot      at Huntington Archery Club

Spring      at Wildlife League of Ohio County, Wheeling

Summer    at Appalachian Bowhunters Association, Buckhannon

Fall Bowhunting Expo     at Poca River Hunting & Fishing Club, Cross Lanes

Fall        at Gary’s Sporting Goods, Spencer


Division of Natural Resources/Legislative Agenda

Legislature passes flawed crossbow bill.  Officers, Directors and WVBA Legislative/DNR Rep met with Director Jezioro and other members of his staff after the game commission meeting and informed them of the flaws – urged them to have Governor Manchin veto the bill.  Governor signs bill into law despite flaws creating the potential for WV to be in violation of American Disability Association (ADA) laws.


  • WVBA celebrates 25 year milestone as an Association (formed in 1980)

  • WVBA instructs over 2,500 youth during 2005 year in shooting of archery equipment at various NWTF Jakes Day events, Youth Camps, Boy Scout events and DNR NHFD at Stonewall Jackson.

  • City of Charleston establishes first urban deer hunt management practice.  City of Charleston council members provided information by Larry Lawson on safety and provides expert consultation on how to improve the proposed city ordinance.  Program was limited but generally perceived as effective as no injuries were reported nor cases of wounding.  Hopefully program will be expanded on in the coming years and restrictions loosened a bit.

  • Larry Lawson instructs Bowhunter Education Instructor Class in Charleston, WV (Glenn Jones, George Coleman, Ed McMinn, Kent Garvin).

  • Bowhunter Education Class taught at Bowhunting EXPO at Poca River Hunting & Fishing Club.  Instructor: Larry Lawson; Apprentice Instructors: Glenn Jones, George Coleman and Ed McMinn.

  • Reverend Stacy L. Groscup, WVBA Hall of Fame Member (one of the first 3 inductees), passed away on September 19, 2005.