WVC 20 - 2 - 62
§20-2-62. Persons exempt from obtaining hunting and fishing
Any person who has been a prisoner of war, was honorably
discharged from the military forces and is a resident of this
state may take, or catch by angling, fish of the kind lawfully
permitted to be taken or caught and may hunt or trap wild birds
or wild quadrupeds lawfully permitted to be hunted or trapped
without procuring a fishing license, hunting license or trapping
permit. The person, while taking or catching fish or hunting or
trapping wild birds or wild quadrupeds for which he would
otherwise be required to have a fishing license, hunting license
or trapping permit, shall carry written evidence in the form of a
record of separation, a letter from one of the military forces of
the United States, or such other evidence as the director of the
department of natural resources requires by rule that satisfies
the eligibility criteria established by this section.
For purposes of this section, the term "prisoner of war"
means any member of the armed forces of the United States,
including the United States coast guard and national guard, who
was held by any hostile force with which the United States was
actually engaged in armed conflict during any period of the
incarceration; or any person, military or civilian, assigned to
duty on the U.S.S. Pueblo who was captured by the military forces
of North Korea on the twenty-third of January, one thousand nine
hundred sixty-eight, and thereafter held prisoner.
Notwithstanding any provision in this section, a prisoner of war
shall not include any person who, at any time, voluntarily, knowingly and without duress, gave aid to or collaborated with or
in any manner served any such hostile force.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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