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It is the mission and purpose of the WVWF to bring all sportsmen and women together to defend the rights of gun owners as well as to guard and protect all hunting, fishing, and trapping activities for future generations to come. Let us all join together to preserve our deep rooted cultural heritage and traditions for West Virginia's youth.

New purple paint posting option on private land now available in West Virginia

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In addition to the traditional ways of posting land, West Virginia landowners now have another option – the use of purple paint – to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering their property.

According to a new law passed this year by the West Virginia legislature [§61-3B-1 (B)], boundaries can be marked with a clearly visible purple-painted marking, consisting of one vertical line no less than 8 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and the bottom of the mark not less than 3 nor more than 6 feet from the ground or normal water surface.

The painted marks must be affixed to immovable, permanent objects that are no more than 100 feet apart and readily visible to any person approaching the property.

Even if landowners post their land with purple paint, they must post written signs at all roads, driveways or gates of entry onto the posted land which are clearly noticeable from outside the boundary line.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds hunters that they must carry written permission from landowners before entering private property.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 104,223 Deer in 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 104,223 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala. This year's total harvest was 31 percent less than the 2013 deer harvest of 150,877 and 23 percent below the five-year average of 136,168.

The 2014 harvest is very similar to the 2010 harvest of 106,499, the last time acorns were exceptionally abundant. Successful buck hunters this year had an excellent chance to harvest an older-age buck as the preliminary analysis of deer age data indicates that 25 percent of the antlered bucks brought to the game checking stations during the first three days of traditional buck firearm season were 3.5 years of age or older. A breakdown of the combined 2014 deer seasons reveals hunters harvested 37,766 bucks during the traditional buck firearm season, 39,514 antlerless deer during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 21,653 deer during archery season, and 5,290 deer during muzzleloader season.

Antlerless Deer Season

The 2014 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 30 percent less than in 2013 and 14 percent below the five-year average of 46,204.

"It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population," said Director Fala.

In 2014, all or portions of 50 of the 55 counties were open to antlerless firearms season for hunters to harvest one to three antlerless deer, depending on the county. Next year's antlerless deer hunting opportunity will depend on the need to increase, decrease or stabilize deer populations in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.

The top 10 counties are: Preston (1,859), Mason (1,446), Lewis (1,421), Upshur (1,365), Jackson (1,296), Ritchie (1,291), Randolph (1,285), Braxton (1,254), Harrison (1,253) and Monroe (1,214).

Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2014 muzzleloader harvest of 5,290 was 32 percent less than the 2013 harvest of 7,739, and 28 percent below the five-year average of 7,341. However, this year's harvest was within 95 deer of the 2012 recorded harvest of 5,385.

The top 10 counties are: Randolph (295), Preston (265), Nicholas (251), Braxton (195), Lewis (193), Harrison (182), Fayette (164), Barbour (156), Mason (149) and Jackson (143).

Archery Deer Season

The bowhunter take of 21,653 deer was 28 percent less than the 2013 harvest of 29,979, 19 percent below the five-year average harvest of 26,721 and is very similar to the 2010 harvest of 21,962. Archery harvests are correlated to hard mast crops, and the above average acorn crop in 2014, like that of 2010, was a significant factor for the lower harvest in 2014.

The top 10 counties are: Preston (968), Randolph (759), Kanawha (757), Mason (710), Wyoming (683), Nicholas (673) Fayette (647), Raleigh (635), Wood (602) and Logan (601).

**DNR**

2014 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Gun

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery

Total

Barbour

892

1076

156

407

2531

Brooke

255

407

30

302

994

Hancock

201

359

36

374

970

Harrison

946

1253

182

488

2869

Marion

706

949

107

427

2189

Marshall

709

940

108

305

2062

Monongalia

688

879

87

574

2228

Ohio

235

368

37

155

795

Preston

1533

1859

265

968

4625

Taylor

457

529

79

254

1319

Tucker

497

395

87

304

1283

Wetzel

893

938

91

241

2163

Dist. I Subtotal

8012

9952

1265

4799

24028

Berkeley

528

764

68

378

1738

Grant

800

615

71

269

1755

Hampshire

1111

1048

122

251

2532

Hardy

926

844

106

218

2094

Jefferson

385

474

54

354

1267

Mineral

839

1101

75

428

2443

Morgan

414

544

47

152

1157

Pendleton

891

606

94

245

1836

Dist. II Subtotal

5894

5996

637

2295

14822

Braxton

936

1254

195

371

2756

Clay

361

99

25

188

673

Lewis

1167

1421

193

366

3147

Nicholas

827

460

251

673

2211

Pocahontas

831

348

121

170

1470

Randolph

1301

1285

295

759

3640

Upshur

1016

1365

142

436

2959

Webster

642

128

33

418

1221

Dist. III Subtotal

7081

6360

1255

3381

18077

Fayette

746

292

164

647

1849

Greenbrier

1399

887

110

506

2902

McDowell

     

446

446

Mercer

409

255

33

411

1108

Monroe

1015

1214

125

430

2784

Raleigh

514

222

78

635

1449

Summers

660

903

107

329

1999

Wyoming

 

 

 

683

683

Dist. IV Subtotal

4743

3773

617

4087

13220

Boone

527

199

131

427

1284

Cabell

424

498

58

280

1260

Kanawha

731

490

57

757

2035

Lincoln

724

739

102

414

1979

Logan

     

601

601

Mason

1005

1446

149

710

3310

Mingo

     

284

284

Putnam

571

803

87

431

1892

Wayne

530

284

57

271

1142

Dist. V Subtotal

4512

4459

641

4175

13787

Calhoun

519

591

75

203

1388

Doddridge

624

748

72

192

1636

Gilmer

673

781

108

159

1721

Jackson

999

1296

143

472

2910

Pleasants

275

276

22

78

651

Ritchie

1164

1291

82

412

2949

Roane

964

1175

97

333

2569

Tyler

579

748

91

229

1647

Wirt

694

917

85

236

1932

Wood

1033

1151

100

602

2886

Dist. VI Subtotal

7524

8974

875

2916

20289

State Total

37766

39514

5290

21653

104223

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,385 Black Bears in 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.– West Virginia hunters harvested 2,385 black bears during the combined 2014 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2014 seasons were 11 percent lower than the 2013 harvest of 2,692 bears. The black bear harvest of 2014 marks the fifth time in five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is tied for the third highest harvest on record.

"Mast conditions in 2014 helped some hunters and hurt others," said Carpenter. "The 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented vastly improved oak mast conditions over 2013. Historically, abundant oak mast has led to a decreased archery harvest and an increased December firearms harvest, and that scenario held true in 2014. Abundant oak mast statewide prevented archers from patterning bears effectively and led to a decreased archery harvest. However, abundant mast kept bruins out of their winter dens and available to be harvested in the December firearms season."

Carpenter attributed the decrease in harvest during the September/October firearms seasons to a decrease in hunting days from six in 2013 to three in 2014 in the 16 counties that were open. There was a slight increase in harvest during the concurrent buck-gun/bear season over 2013. Overall, the decrease in archery and September/October firearms harvest was not offset by the increases in the buck-gun and December firearms harvest.

Hunters took 516 bears during the 2014 archery season. The top five counties were Webster (53), Preston (45), Fayette (42), Nicholas (39), and Randolph (39).

Firearms hunters harvested 1,869 bears during 2014. Hunters took 457 bears in September and October, 397 during the concurrent buck-gun/bear season, and 1,015 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Pocahontas (182), Randolph (172), Greenbrier (167), Pendleton (167) and Webster (160).

**DNR**

2014 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Archery

Sept/Oct

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

15

3

13

9

40

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

1

0

0

0

1

Marion

0

0

0

0

0

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

Monongalia

4

0

3

0

7

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

45

16

30

22

113

Taylor

3

0

1

2

6

Tucker

17

23

7

55

102

Wetzel

2

0

0

0

2

Dist. I Subtotal

87

42

54

88

271

Berkeley

0

0

0

0

0

Grant

5

5

9

57

76

Hampshire

3

0

12

7

22

Hardy

5

24

16

76

121

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

Mineral

1

2

0

7

10

Morgan

3

0

6

2

11

Pendleton

25

50

14

103

192

Dist. II Subtotal

42

81

57

252

432

Braxton

9

7

13

11

40

Clay

9

5

2

17

33

Lewis

2

0

5

4

11

Nicholas

39

44

35

46

164

Pocahontas

19

48

14

120

201

Randolph

39

52

11

109

211

Upshur

10

6

7

10

33

Webster

53

36

29

95

213

Dist. III Subtotal

180

198

116

412

906

Fayette

42

13

39

17

111

Greenbrier

23

37

20

110

190

McDowell

18

14

0

17

49

Mercer

8

0

4

1

13

Monroe

8

9

11

23

51

Raleigh

18

10

24

11

63

Summers

7

0

5

3

15

Wyoming

20

3

0

8

31

Dist. IV Subtotal

144

86

103

190

523

Boone

16

25

24

35

100

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

13

18

43

21

95

Lincoln

1

0

0

0

1

Logan

17

5

0

11

33

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

8

2

0

2

12

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. V Subtotal

55

50

67

69

241

Calhoun

3

0

0

4

7

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

0

Gilmer

1

0

0

0

1

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

1

0

0

0

1

Ritchie

1

0

0

0

1

Roane

0

0

0

0

0

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

2

0

0

0

2

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

8

0

0

4

12

State Total

516

457

397

1015

2385

Sportsmen oppose HB 4286

ATTENTION SPORTSMEN! THIS IS A WEST VIRGINIA WILDLIFE FEDERATION ACTION ALERT MESSAGE.

HOUSE BILL 4286 INTENDS TO TRANSFER REGULATION OF DEER FARMS FROM THE DNR TO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND HAS BEEN REFERED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE DNR TO MAINTAIN REGULATION OF ALL WHITETAIL DEER. WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST UNDERSTAND DEER DISEASES AND HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN PROTECTING THE WILD DEER, NOT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

EVERY SPORTSMAN NEEDS TO CALL THESE COMMITTEE MEMBERS STARTING MONDAY AFTERNOON AND KEEP CALLING. LEAVE YOUR NAME AND MESSAGE YOU WANT DNR TO REMAIN IN CONTROL OF DEER FARMS. E-MAIL ADDRESSES ARE LISTED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE IF YOU PREFER TO SEND THE MESSAGE. EITHER WAY, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEGISLATORS!!!

ASK YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO CALL ALSO.

DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY AND THINK “SOMEONE ELSE WILL CALL”…ABSOLUTELY EVERY CALL IS IMPORTANT!!!

CALL AND E-MAIL TO AS MANY AS YOU CAN SO THEY CAN HEAR FROM THOSE WHO ELECTED THEM.

Brent Boggs Braxton (304) 340-3230 brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov
Kevin J. Craig Cabell (304) 340-3116 kjcraigwv@aol.com
Doug Reynolds Cabell (304) 340-3280 delegatedoug@yahoo.com
Richard J. Iaquinta Harrison (304) 340-3161 richard.iaquinta@wvhouse.gov
Eric Nelson Kanawha (304) 340-3181 nelson@wvhouse.gov
Doug Skaff Jr. Kanawha (304) 340-3362 doug.skaff@wvhouse.gov
Ron Walters Kanawha (304) 340-3194 ron.walters@wvhouse.gov
David Evans Marshall (304) 340-3151 david.evans@wvhouse.gov
Marty Gearheart Mercer (304) 340-3179 marty.gearheart@wvhouse.gov
Charlene Marshall Monongalia (304) 340-3900 charlene.marshall@wvhouse.gov
Daryl Cowles Morgan (304) 340-3177 daryl.cowles@wvhouse.gov
Erikka Storch Ohio (304) 340-3378 erikka.storch@wvhouse.gov
Troy Andes Putnam (304) 340-3121 troy.andes@wvhouse.gov
Rick Moye Raleigh (304) 340-3162 rickymoye@wvhouse.gov
Bob Ashley Roane (304) 340-3185 bob.ashley@wvhouse.gov
Don Perdue Wayne (304) 340-3269 don.perdue@wvhouse.gov
David Pethtel Wetzel (304) 340-3158 dave.pethtel@wvhouse.gov
Daniel Poling Wood (304) 340-3137 dan.poling@wvhouse.gov
Linda Goode Phillips Wyoming (304) 340-3163 linda.phillips@wvhouse.gov
William Anderson Wood (304) 340-3168 bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov
Ray Canterbury Greenbrier (304) 340-3131 ray.canterbury@wvhouse.gov
Nancy Peoples Guthrie Kanawha (304) 340-3156 nancy.guthrie@wvhouse.gov
Carol Miller Cabell (304) 340-3176 carol.miller@wvhouse.gov
Rupert Phillips Jr. Logan (304) 340-3174 rupert.phillips@wvhouse.gov
Larry A. Williams Preston (304) 340-3160 lawii@frontier.com

THESE REPRESENTATIVES MUST HEAR FROM THE SPORTSMEN ON THIS ISSUE!!

PLEASE MAKE THOSE CALLS AND SEND THOSE E-MAILS!!!

Another reason to oppose SB 4286