H. B. 2175
(By Delegates Talbott and Crosier)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on Natural Resources then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §20-2-30a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to allowing, under limited circumstances, a child under the age of fifteen years to hunt or take antlerless deer without first obtaining a certificate of training.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §20-2-30a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-30a. Certificate of training; falsifying, altering, forging, counterfeiting or uttering training certificate; penalties.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, no a hunting license or stamp may not be issued to any a 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 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 resident or nonresident hunting license from the previous hunting season that displays a certification of training, or attests that a hunter training course has been completed when purchasing a license or stamp online. However, a person who has not reached his or her fifteenth birthday may be issued a stamp and, if required, a hunting license, to lawfully hunt or take wildlife without first obtaining a certificate of training if the person is accompanied by a person eighteen years of age or older who is licensed pursuant to this chapter.
(b) 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 person holding a Class A-L or AB-L lifetime resident license obtained prior to his or her fifteenth birthday shall be is required to obtain a certificate of training as provided in this section before hunting or trapping pursuant to said the 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 is 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 is 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 The 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 confined.
(e) Nothing herein contained shall This section does not mandate that any county school district in the state be responsible for implementing hunter safety education programs.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow, under limited circumstances, a child under the age of fifteen years to hunt or take antlerless deer without first obtaining a certificate of training.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.