The WVBA was founded October 19, 1980 by a group of 23 bowhunters. Today, the association has members in every county of the state. The initial goal of the WVBA, one that is still central to the association, is to represent the growing number of bowhunters in our state in political matters. The WVBA is the voice of over 140,000 bowhunters in the Mountain State today. This representation has proven to be the best way to protect the sportsmen’s rights we currently have, and to better the sport for all bowhunters in West Virginia. The WVBA is an independent, non-profit organization whose officers are elected by the membership every two years. It is led by an 11-member board of directors and a large slate of regional representatives throughout the state.