Hunters plan to show opposition to bill allowing guided bear hunts

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A number of hunters in the Mountain State are planning to make a statement this upcoming weekend.

The group of mostly hound-hunters plan to show their opposition Senate Bill 590, which would authorize guided bear hunts in West Virginia.

“What bothers me is that we have legislators trying to do the job of the DNR,” said Don Radcliff, a member of of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Bear Hunters Association.  “Leave that to the professionals.”

Organizers are asking hunters to show solidarity by meeting in the Southridge Walmart parking lot at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 24.  

“Have your truck, rig boxes, or just your dog box and be ready to go,” said one organizer.  

They plan to make two laps around the Capitol building and then head to the DNR office in South Charleston at 1 p.m., where a meeting with DNR officials will take place.

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