Boone County resident Ricky Kirk killed this spike buck in Lincoln County at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
“I passed on a big doe she had fawns with her,” Kirk explained. “I took this spike for meat. Cross bow harvest.”
Kirk has been hunting for over 35 years.
“I’ve hunted with recurve, compound and now a cross bow,” he said. “This is my 73rd deer with Archery equipment, I think. I still get excited and I’ll never forget the first one. We enjoy eating deer meat. Hunting is very spiritual to me.”
Crossbow hunting changes were approved by the state Division of Natural Resources (DNR) this fall.
The change was legalization of cross bow hunting in West Virginia. The measure was triggered by legislative action. House Bill 2515 which cleared the way for the reintroduction of elk in West Virginia also included the legalization of crossbows as a rider amendment.
The legislation did not require a crossbow license. Therefore, hunters choosing to use a crossbow will only need the necessary license required for bow hunting to be legal for using a cross bow.
Crossbows for many years were illegal in West Virginia, but were legalized for handicapped hunters a few years ago.
Crossbow hunting will be legal statewide in West Virginia with the exception of Mingo, Logan, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.
The DNR sought to preserve the restriction of hunting in the four coalfield counties to bow and arrow only, as it has been for several decades. Crossbows will not be allowed for hunting in those counties at any time.
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