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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 150 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 150

(By Delegates Craig, Hamilton, Pino, Ireland and Ellem )

 

 

 

Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study in regard to whether crossbow hunting should be authorized and, if authorized, when it should be permitted, and, if authorized, the requirements for the use of crossbows, and a study in regard to whether three hundred acres is necessary for a commercial shooting preserve for hunting birds, and, if not, what is the proper acreage for such a preserve, and a study in regard to whether the spring season for hunting turkey gobblers should be the third Monday in April, and a study in regard to whether non-resident landowners should continue to pay for licenses to hunt, trap or fish on their own property.

    WHEREAS, Legislation to authorize crossbow hunting for persons other than those who are disabled has been introduced in several legislative sessions; and 

    WHEREAS, There is concern about when crossbow hunting should be permitted, if authorized; and

    WHEREAS, There is concern as to the requirements for the use of crossbows, if authorized, and

    WHEREAS, Current code requires that a commercial shooting preserve must have a minimum of three hundred acres in one tract of land, and

    WHEREAS, A commercial shooting preserve for bird hunting may less acreage,

    WHEREAS, The spring season for gobbler turkey commences, by regulation on the fourth Monday in April, and

    WHEREAS, That makes the spring gobbler to be later in the spring, and

    WHEREAS, Resident land owners may hunt, trap or fish on their property without a license, but non-resident land owners are required to purchase a license to hunt, trap or fish on their own property, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study whether crossbow hunting should be authorized and, if authorized, when it should be permitted, and, if authorized, the requirements for the use of crossbows; and, the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study whether three hundred acres is necessary for a shooting preserve for hunting birds, and, if not, what is the proper acreage for such a preserve, and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study whether the spring season for hunting turkey gobblers should be the third Monday in April, and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study whether non-resident landowners should continue to pay for licenses to hunt, trap or fish on their own property, therefore, be it 

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature on the first day of the regular session, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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