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Old 01-15-2005, 08:29 AM
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Just remember to stay out of our state (West Virginia), we don't need your kind or your money.
Since it's OUR state( born & raised).. who gave YOU authority to speak for the rest of us? Please refrain from making those type statements. WVa has a bad reputation anyway.. we don't need you adding to that......
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Old 01-15-2005, 09:03 AM
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Mason- Frustration often rears it's ugly head in many ways. However, you know what they say about opinions.. they are like as...... everyone has one. Stating opinions is fine attacks on a person are not worth it. Having a difference of opinions is normal and nobody can fault that. Squabbling between hunters is just what all the tree huggers love to see and hear. I agree WV does have some management issues. I have family there and have hunted there and will continue to. Oh and yes WV does need the out of State deposits from hunting liscences to fund their budget. The millions lost to lack of out of State liscence fees would have to be recovered somewhere. Lest us not forget all of the fuel taxes and other associated funds collected from the ancillary services utilized by out of State visitors. The first thing WV needs to do is enforce their check in laws and handle the poachers. However they do not have enough trained CO's to even check liscences at a reasonable rate. Let alone enforce laws with authority. Some folks need to take a few deer each year to feed the family. Some may do it for financial reasons, others for health reasons. Wild game is a lot better for those with CHD, CHF, Elevated LDL-C, Elevated CRP etc.. etc... Voice your opinion to your local officials, perhaps start a petition, get involved. A little effort can go a long way. Your concerns are valid your delivery needs polishing.

Regarding no clues as to hunting. I take that personally being from New England and your generalization that because a State may not have the deer overabundance that WV has that people aren't hunters. I will put my tracking and perseverence skills to the test anytime you would like to. You are acurate in saying we have less deer in New England. However, sitting on stand for days on end and not seeing deer makes one hone their other abilities. In addition to making any mature deer a trophy. I have hunted WV as I mentioned before. I did appreciate the knowledge learned from observation as I saw 200 plus deer in a four day period last year. The majority were in fact does. Heck I have seen deer down there walking down the street at noon in July. Over the years it hasn't been to hard to sit on the hill in the shack and wait to slaughter the does or anything else that walks by for those acustom to doing so. Come on up if you'd like, I'd be happy to take you to our property on the Canadian border and we can track 'em through the timber land. Park the truck and stalk and track for 8 hrs and cover 8 or 10 miles if you want that trophy. Not only will it be a big boddied 180 lb plus dressed deer, the memory of defeating one of North Americas most elusive animals at his own game wil be a trophy sized memory to last a life time. Our rifle season starts on Wednesday November 9th this year I'd love to have ya. VTBUCK can join us as well I know he has mentioned he has travelled the great north woods in NH and VT.

Again I respect your valid opinion and believe it may be beneficial to have WV officials hear it. Just polish the delivery. The pen is mightier than the sword. Good luck.
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Old 01-15-2005, 09:13 AM
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If all the people in WV are as friendly as you Mason, dont see a need to stop anyway
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Old 01-15-2005, 10:17 AM
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WELL, AS MUCH AS I ENJOY VENISON I DIDN'T PUT ANY IN THE FREEZER THIS YEAR AND MAYBE SOMEDAY I'LL HAVE SOMETHING TO HANG ON THE WALL BUT JUST BEING ABLE TO SPEND THE TIME IN THE WOODS HAS ALWAYS BEEN REWARD ENOUGH FOR ME. GUESS I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. MAYBE YOU TROPHY HUNTERS SHOULD GO PAY THE BIG BUCKS AT ONE OF THE MANAGED RANCHES, GET YOUR WALLHANGER AND DONATE THE MEAT TO SOMEONE WHO DEPENDS ON IT.
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Old 01-15-2005, 11:19 AM
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NHBUCK,
I respect your offer and your honest opinion, and yes we all do have opinions. None the less, I just think that in West Virginia there are too many hunters (in-state as well as out-of-state) that are harvesting too many does. Is that the hunters fault? Sometimes it is when they take 4-5 does and don't check them in. The DNR is at fault mostly with their rules and regulations, allowing a 3 week doe season. Hopefully now that WV has a "new" DNR head things will start to change, an antler restriction, reductions of extra tags, shortening of doe season and a lower limit of bucks.
Don't for a minute get me wrong, I think that does do indeed need to be managed, but not in ALL counties within the state. I also think that the hunters of today are unlike the hunters of 20-30 years ago. Greed is a big part.
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Old 01-15-2005, 11:30 AM
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Since it's OUR state( born & raised).. who gave YOU authority to speak for the rest of us? Please refrain from making those type statements. WVa has a bad reputation anyway.. we don't need you adding to that......
Since I was born in West Virginia and have lived my entire 43 yrs. within this state (west Virginia) and graduated from WVU with a minor in Forestry I think my opinions are valid towards this discussion.
As for speaking for the rest of US, I think by travelling and hunting in McDowell County, Elkins, Tucker County, Preston County, Taylor County, Monogalia County, Wood County, Wayne County, Hampshire and Marshall Counties and talking to several hunting companions as well as other hunters within the state makes my point a valid one. As for giving or adding to the states bad reputation, you can leave that up to the Randy Mosses, Charlie Manson's and all the "poachers" who give West Virgina a "bad" reputation.
Have a good day.
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Old 01-15-2005, 11:49 AM
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mason; our forefathers hunted for survival not for sport and nomatter if your hunting for trophies or meat you are still sport hunting. i eat everything i hunt but im not concerned with taking immature animals i go for the mature does and big bucks. west virginia has some awesome land and i hunt a small parcel in glengary west va and i love it but the backwoods attitutdes from some in west va are the reason they come up with west va jokes. if your hunting for survival then thats one thing but if you can afford rifles,bows,treestands,a computer to argue this fact, then i doubt your hurting for groceries so enjoy the sport of hunting and be smart about it cause us as hunters control our own destiny with it and the laws. keep that in mind next time you decide to mow down every little deer that comes by your stand.
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Old 01-15-2005, 12:23 PM
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Just remember to stay out of our state (West Virginia), we don't need your kind or your money.
I'm from WV and I'd rather you quit whining and move. How many more posts are you going to cry about not seeing as many deer as before? Learn to adapt. Now pass the BBQ sauce. I've got some eatin' to do!
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Old 01-15-2005, 12:25 PM
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Edited due to personal attack towards another member.
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Old 01-15-2005, 02:30 PM
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it takes a "real" hunter to hunt in inclimate weather (0-30) and put numerous hours in the woods on their stand in pursuit of a "trophy" buck.
0-30 that's not inclement, that's common. Let's see Fri. 27 wind chill about 18 and Ice adorning the trees and ground, sat in my tree from 5:30 - 5:00. Nothing but squirrels. Didn't go sat cause of incement weather ,(Freezing rain on top of frozen ground) Mon sat in tree from 5:30 -5:20 looking at all the ice in the trees, it must have broke 32 between 1&3 because I saw some of the ice dripping. This morning 15 degrees with a wind chill of about 7 sat from 5:45-1:30 Oh and legal shooting time was 6:50.
Every day was Grreat. Didn't see or shoot anything , but at least I was there.
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