Senate Bill No. 132
(By Senator Dittmar, Minard, Hunter, Anderson, Dawson, Ross, Craigo, Bowman,
Mitchell, Kessler, Ball and Sharpe)
[Passed March 10, 2000; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact section forty-six-b, article two,
chapter twenty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to wildlife
resources; and exceptions to having a Class N special deer
hunting license by resident parents of landowner children.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section forty-six-b, article two, chapter twenty of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-46b. Class N special deer hunting license.
A Class N license is a special deer hunting license for antlerless deer of either sex and entitles the licensee to hunt for
and kill antlerless deer of either sex during the Class N license
season. The fee for a Class N license is eight dollars.
The Class N license may be issued only for the purpose of
removing antlerless deer when the director determines it essential
for proper management of wildlife resources. The director shall
establish rules governing the issuance of the Class N licenses as
he or she determines necessary to limit, on a fair and equitable
basis, the number of persons who may hunt for antlerless deer in
any county, or any part of a county.
When the director determines it essential that Class N license
season be held in a particular county or part of a county, that
season shall be set by the natural resources commission as provided
for in section seventeen, article one of this chapter.
Bona fide resident landowners or their resident children, or
resident parents, bona fide resident tenants of such land and any
bona fide resident stockholder of resident corporations which are
formed for the primary purpose of hunting or fishing and which are
the fee simple owners of no less than one thousand acres of land
upon which the antlerless deer may be hunted are not required to
have a Class N license in their possession while hunting antlerless deer on their own land during the Class N license season.
A Class N license may be issued only to a resident of this
state who holds a valid Class A, Class A-L, Class AB, Class AB-L,
Class X or Class XJ license issued for the current calendar year or
a resident of West Virginia who is not required to obtain a license
or permit to hunt as provided in section twenty-eight, article two
of this chapter, except that this requirement shall not apply to
persons under the age of fifteen. The director shall require proof
of age before issuing a Class N license, and the license shall
contain a space for recording the number of the valid Class A,
Class A-L, Class AB, Class AB-L, Class X or Class XJ license. If
at any time prior to the Class N deer hunting season the director
determines that there is a surplus of Class N licenses after the
demand for the licenses by residents of this state has been met,
the surplus licenses may be issued to nonresidents who hold a valid
Class E hunting license. The fee for a Class N license issued to
a nonresident shall be twenty-five dollars.