On March 14, 2014 the Governor of West Virginia passed House Bill (HB) 2515 (download below) into law, and it went into effect ninety days thereafter. The bill reads as follows:
An act to amend and reenact §20-2-4, §20-2-5, §20-2-5a, §20-2-5g, §20-2-22a and §20-2-42w of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5h, all relating to wildlife; disallowing elk to be possessed if struck by motor vehicle; requiring persons required to deliver wildlife to official checking station to electronically register wildlife; increasing fine for illegal taking of elk; prohibiting hunting wildlife with night vision technology, drone or other unmanned aircraft; clarifying when a person may carry certain firearms; permitting a person to carry firearm for self defense while in the woods; clarifying when a shotgun or rifle is unloaded; permitting hunting with crossbows during certain seasons and with certain limitations; establishing elk management area in Southern West Virginia; establishing elk damage fund; providing for criminal penalties for the illegal taking of elk; clarifying bear laws and Class Y permits; authorizing director to propose legislative rules; and making technical corrections.
HB 2515 prohibits hunting with UAS.
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