HB2708 S NR AM #1
The Committee on Natural Resources moved to amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
That §20-2-27, §20-2-30a, §20-2-42a, §20-2-42q, §20-2-42s and §20-2-42v of the Code of West Virginia, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-3-3a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
licenses and permits.
§20-2-27. Necessity for license; contact information exempted.
Except as otherwise
provided by law, no resident who has reached his or her fifteenth birthday and
who has not reached his or her sixty-fifth birthday before January 1, 2012, and
no nonresident shall at any time take, hunt, pursue, trap for, kill or chase
any wild animals, wild birds, or fish for, take, kill or catch any fish, amphibians
or aquatic life of any kind whatsoever in this state without first having
secured a license or permit and then only during the respective open seasons,
except that a nonresident who has not reached his or her fifteenth birthday may
fish for, take, kill or catch any fish, amphibians or aquatic life of any kind
whatsoever in this state without first having secured a license or permit. A
person under the age of fifteen years shall not hunt or chase any wild animals
or wild birds upon lands of another unless accompanied by a licensed adult.
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, a resident between the ages of fifteen and sixty-five, and all nonresidents, may not hunt or take wildlife of any kind in this state without the requisite license, stamp or permit, and then only during the respective open seasons. A resident who is fourteen or younger may hunt and take wildlife without a license if accompanied by a licensed adult. A resident and nonresident who is fourteen or younger may fish for and take fish, amphibians or aquatic life without a license.
(b) Except as otherwise
provided by law,
A a resident
or nonresident member of any club, organization or association, or persons
owning or leasing a game preserve, or fish preserve , plant or pond in
this state shall may not hunt or fish therein without first
securing a the requisite license, stamp or permit as
required by law: Provided, That resident landowners or their
resident children, or bona fide resident tenants of land, may, without a permit
or license, stamp or permit, hunt and fish on their own land during the
respective open seasons in accordance with laws and rules applying to
such hunting and fishing unless the lands have been designated as a
wildlife refuge or preserve.
(c) Licenses, stamps and permits
shall be of
the kinds and classes are set forth in this article and shall be
conditioned upon the require payment of the requisite fees
established for the licenses and permits.
(d) The list of names, addresses and other contact information of all licensees compiled and maintained by the division as a result of the sale and issuance of any resident or nonresident license, stamp or permit, as well as any electronic game information or other personal information obtained pursuant to this chapter, is exempt from disclosure by the division under the Freedom of Information Act, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code, and for any other purpose: Provided, That the records specified in this section shall be available to all law-enforcement agencies, courts or other governmental entities authorized to request or receive the records.
§20-2-30a. Certificate of training; falsifying, altering, forging, counterfeiting or uttering training certificate; modified certificate of training; penalties.
(a) Notwithstanding any
other provisions of this article,
no a base hunting license may not
be issued to any person who was born on or after January 1, 1975, unless the
person submits to the person authorized to issue hunting licenses a
certificate of training as provided in this section or proof of completion of
any course which that promotes as a major objective safety in the
handling of firearms and of bow and arrows and which course is approved by the hunter
education association or the director. , or provides a State of West Virginia
A resident or nonresident may show a hunting license from the
previous hunting season that displays a certification of training, or attests
they may attest that a hunter training course has been completed when
purchasing a license or stamp online. : Provided, That after January
1, 2013, However, a person may be issued a Class AH, Class AHJ,
Class AAH and Class AAHJ apprentice hunting and trapping license pursuant to
the provisions of section forty-two-y of this article and is exempt from
without completing the hunter training requirements set forth herein.
(b)(1) The director
shall establish a course in the safe handling of firearms and of bows and
arrows, such as the course approved by the Hunter Education Association. This
course shall be given at least once per year in each county in this state and
shall be taught by instructors certified by the director. In establishing and
conducting this course, the director may cooperate with any reputable
association or organization which promotes as a major objective safety in the
handling of firearms and of bows and arrows.
: Provided, That any
(2) A person holding a Class A-L or AB-L lifetime resident license obtained prior to his or her fifteenth birthday shall be required to obtain a certificate of training as provided in this section before hunting or trapping pursuant to said license. This course of instruction shall be offered without charge, except for materials or ammunition consumed. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, each person instructed in the course shall be issued a certificate of training for the purposes of complying with the requirements of subsection (a) of this section. The certificate shall be in the form prescribed by the director and shall be valid for hunting license application purposes.
(c) (1) Upon satisfactory completion of this course, any person whose hunting license has been revoked for a violation of the provisions of this chapter may petition the director for a reduction of his or her revocation time. However, under no circumstances may the time be reduced to less than one year.
(2) Successful completion of this course shall be required to consider the reinstatement of a hunting license of any person whose license has been revoked due to a conviction for negligent shooting of a human being or of livestock under the provisions of section fifty-seven of this article, and who petitions the director for an early reinstatement of his or her hunting privileges. Such a petitioner shall also comply with the other requirements for consideration of reinstatement contained in section thirty-eight of this article.
(d) It is unlawful for any person to falsify, alter, forge, counterfeit or utter a certificate of training. Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, or confined in jail for a period not to exceed one year, or both fined and imprisoned.
contained shall This section does not mandate that any a
county school district in the state be is responsible for
implementing hunter safety education programs.
(f) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a base hunting license may be issued to any person who has a developmental disability whose disability affects his or her ability to undertake a written test. The developmentally disabled person must attend an on-site hunter training course and must successfully complete all non-written aspects of the course to receive a modified certificate of training to purchase a base hunting license. For purposes of this section, "developmentally disabled" has the same meaning as prescribed in subsection (j), section twenty-eight of this article.
(2) As part of the application process for a license purchased under a modified certificate of training, a person with a developmental disability shall present to the division a written application form furnished by the director and signed by a licensed physician indicating that the person is:
(A) Unable to successfully complete a standard written test administered as part of the hunter training course;
(B) At all times capable of understanding and following directions given by another person; and
(C) Not a danger to himself or herself or others while engaged in hunting with a firearm.
(3) A person with a license purchased under a modified certificate of training may not hunt or trap unless he or she is in possession of all other required documentation and stamps and is accompanied and directly supervised by an adult eighteen years of age or older who either possesses a valid West Virginia hunting license or has the lawful privilege to hunt pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. For purposes of this subsection, "accompanied and directly supervised" means that a person maintains a close visual and verbal contact with, provides adequate direction to and can assume control of the firearm from the developmentally disabled person.
(4) Any person violating the provisions of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to the punishment and penalties prescribed in section nine, article seven of this chapter.
§20-2-42a. Class A resident hunting and trapping license.
A Class A license is a resident hunting and trapping license and entitles the licensee to hunt and trap all legal species of wild animals and wild birds in all counties of the state, except that the licensee may not hunt deer during the deer archery, crossbow and muzzleloader seasons, or black bear, wild turkey or wild boar during the respective seasons, and except as prohibited by rules of the director or Natural Resources Commission and when additional licenses, stamps or permits are required. It shall be issued only to residents or aliens lawfully residing in the United States who have been domiciled residents of West Virginia for a period of thirty consecutive days or more immediately prior to the date of their application for a license. The fee for the license is $18. This is a base license and does not require the purchase of a prerequisite license to participate in the activities specified in this section, except as noted.
§20-2-42q. Class RB resident and Class RRB nonresident archery deer hunting stamp for an additional deer.
The director has the authority to issue a Class RB resident and a Class RRB nonresident archery deer hunting stamp when deemed essential for the proper management of the wildlife resources. This stamp allows the licensee to hunt and take an additional deer during the deer archery or crossbow seasons as designated by the director. The fee for a Class RB stamp is $20 and the fee for a Class RRB stamp is $35. The director may promulgate rules in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code governing the issuance and use of these stamps. These stamps require that the licensee purchase the appropriate base license before participating in the activities specified in this section, except as noted.
§20-2-42s. Class UU nonresident archery deer hunting stamp.
A Class UU stamp is a nonresident archery deer hunting stamp and entitles the licensee to hunt and take deer with a bow during the archery deer season or with a crossbow in the crossbow deer season in all counties of the state, except as prohibited by the rules of the director or Natural Resources Commission. The fee for a Class UU stamp is $30. The stamp, issued in a form prescribed by the director, shall be in addition to a Class E license. This stamp requires that the licensee purchase the appropriate base license before participating in the activities specified in this section, except as noted.
§20-2-42v. Class BG resident big game stamp.
A Class BG stamp is a resident big game stamp and entitles the Class A licensee to hunt deer during the deer archery, crossbow and muzzleloader seasons, and bear, wild turkey and wild boar during the respective seasons, except as prohibited by rules of the director or Natural Resources Commission: Provided, That the licensee possesses all other required permits and/or stamps. The fee for the stamp is $10. The stamp, issued in a form prescribed by the director, shall be in addition to a Class A license. This stamp requires that the licensee purchase the appropriate base license before participating in the activities specified in this section, except as noted.
ARTICLE 3. FORESTS AND WILDLIFE AREAS.
§20-3-3a. Cabwaylingo Pilot Project and Special Permit.
(a) The director shall establish a two-year pilot project permitting all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-highway recreational vehicles (ORVs) to drive on roads and trails in Cabwaylingo State Forest, as designated and approved by the director. The director may establish special seasons and designate certain campgrounds and tent sites for ATV and ORV users in the forest.
(b) The director may establish a special permit for purchase by the ATV and ORV users for road and trail access, and may close any areas, or parts thereof, to public use. It is unlawful at any time to operate an ATV or ORV on any roads and trails in Cabwaylingo State Forest without the special permit.
(c) The provisions of article fifteen of this chapter shall apply to the division, participants, outfitters and licensees of the Cabwaylingo pilot project, though ORVs may be permitted.
(d) At the conclusion of the two-year pilot project, the Legislative Auditor shall review the pilot project and file a report with the Joint Committee on Government and Finance