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West Virginia’s ‘weird’ hunting laws

I just returned from another day of turkey hunting in West Virginia. The season will wrap up on May 22 at 1 p.m.

West Virginia is one of the strangest states I hunt in. The people here are, well different. The ones of us that live in the Commonwealth are a lucky bunch of hunters, and most don’t even know it.

Think of a state that works its people six days a week, 10 and 12 hours a day, in some cases more, then allows no Sunday hunting and in turkey season only half a day. What about a state that opens squirrel season in October, then lies to the hunters by saying if you open it any earlier the squirrels will all have worms, and that the little ones are still suckling? What is even worst is the hunters think it’s gospel. What about a state that charges all hunters, non-residents like myself, $13.50 and in-state hunters $5, to pay their DNR employees? What about a state that still uses the old check-in system? What about a state that closes school for the first week of deer season? All the above fits West Virginia.

You can get drunk in West Virginia, commit adultery, fish, go to church or not go to church, jog, swim, and the list of things you can do grows with each touch of the old computer keys, but you cannot hunt on Sunday.

I can’t stand someone who violates game laws, but hunting on Sunday is one thing that doesn’t bother me at all. I am guilty of poaching when it comes to Sunday hunting.

I hunt only on my property in West Virginia. I buy a non-resident license, we pay our taxes on time every time, and I have never killed anything that is of trophy value, except time, on Sunday, but if I want to hunt on Sunday in West Virginia I do.

I know that makes me a bad person in some people’s eyes, but I don’t really care.

Our squirrel season comes in June 5, and as soon as I get Kids Days over on Sunday I hope to take Dylan and Austin both hunting. These are two of the kids I use to mentor.

Well, the old clock on the wall tells me it’s time to sign off . Before I go, I stood in front of the courthouse with my tin cup last week, and the response was great. Got money from friends Mike Watts, Oscar Craft, Greg Bentley, Kevin Mullins, and of course Jimmy McIntosh, and Derek Barto. I am well on my way to Mexico to hunt Goulds turkey’s next season. The maximum donation you can give is $1, and all the above named maxed out. If you would like to help send me, get up with me in person, or send your dollar to Steve Brewer, P.O. Box 63, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Nothing more than a dollar will be accepted.

I will be having a booth at the Jenkins Kids Day event, and I have some limited gifts for the kids that hunt. Just stop by my booth.

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