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WEST virginia legislature

2019 regular session


House Bill 2709

By Delegates Atkinson, Worrell, McGeehan, Westfall, Miller, Swartzmiller, Kessinger, Cadle, Cooper and N. Brown

By Request of the Division of Natural Resources,

Department of Commerce

[Passed March 9, 2019; in effect ninety days from passage.]

AN ACT to amend and reenact §20-2-27 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to hunting licenses; and exempting the list of names, addresses and contact information for license holders from public disclosure with certain exceptions.  

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


§20-2-27. Necessity for license.

(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, no resident who has reached his or her 15th  birthday and who has not reached his or her 65th 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 15th 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 15 years shall not hunt or chase any wild animals or wild birds upon lands of another unless accompanied by a licensed adult.

(b) 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 not hunt or fish therein without first securing a license 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, hunt and fish on their own land during 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 and permits shall be of the kinds and classes set forth in this article and shall be conditioned upon the payment of the 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 licenses or stamps under this chapter is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, §29B-1-1, et seq., of this code: Provided, That the records specified in this section shall be available to all law-enforcement agencies and other governmental entities authorized to request or receive such records.



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