NRA says it’s not trying to alter West Virginia hunting regs

Beckley, W.Va. (AP) — A National Rifle
Association spokesman says the gun-rights group is not trying to
change West Virginia’s deer hunting regulations.

Jordan Austin says a postcard poll sent to West Virginia members
about opening up Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties to a
gun season came from a concern raised by several members.

The Division of Natural Resources closed the counties to gun
hunting in 1979, citing low deer populations. The counties are open
for bow hunting.

On Sunday, about 150 bowhunters appeared before the Natural
Resources Commission to complain about what they said was an NRA
attempt to change hunting regulations.

Austin said the NRA’s poll showed few of its West Virginia
members wanted the counties opened up for gun hunting.

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