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« on: May 25, 2005, 03:47:08 PM »

http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2005_SESSIONS/RS/BILLS/hb3272%20intr.htm

This is the bill that they are trying to pass. H.B. 3272 Upland Game Bird Conservation Stamp. This "STAMP" at the cost of $20.00 per hunting license year.

This post can go into many areas of this BB. I felt by putting it here, it would generate the most traffic.

Before you go and say this is a good idea, think about it.

First off, there isn't any co-op's (cooperative hunting areas) in WV, between the state and landowners.

Second, the state has no designated upland hunting areas with food plots.

Third, there are no pheasant stocking programs in this state for either pen-raised pheasants/quail/Chukar or any of the sub species listed.

Fourth, the "Upland Game Bird Conservation Stamp" has excluded West Virginia's native pheasant AKA. "The Ruffed Grouse."

This Bill H.B. 3272 is to make the licensed hunter, who purchases pen raised wild game birds from either WV breeders or out-of-state breeders for their enjoyment, and the enjoyment of friends and relatives, who stock there farm, to pay for a non-existing program. The "STAMP" fee is for a program perceived sometime in the far distant future.

Hunter's who are patrons, either residents, or non-residents (which require a non-resident hunting license also), who utilize shooting preserves with stocked pheasants/quail/Chukar and all sub species, are subjected to the $20.00 "STAMP" as well.

Now as it is stated in the WV hunting 2004-2005 guide there is only 1(one) male pheasant per day at the Hillcrest WMA with the season dates from November 13th thru December 11 of 2004. This is due to the fact that the wild pheasant population at Hillcrest WMA comes in from PA. The rest of the state is from November 6th thru January 1 2005. This has a daily limit of (2) two birds per day. Fact: there are no other wild indigenous pheasants in this state. All pheasants harvested or seen are either release by breeders or missed birds from hunters purchasing birds for there own enjoyment.

The indigenous quail population, which has dwindled due to habitat, is set at (3) per day state wide, with the season dates listed November 6th thru January 1 2005.

Naturally, there are no indigenous partridge in the State of West Virginia.

Steve
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005, 04:40:38 PM »

You might also post the web addresses of the various state and federal representatives from WV. Also post this on any outdoor related websites specific to WV. Maybe enough negative email from sportsmen within WV might make them think twice about passing it. I highly doubt they'll pay much attention from people outside your state though, as they have no bearing upon thier re-election results.
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