Elected in 2007, State Senator Ron Stollings represents Senate District 7 in West Virginia. A lifelong resident of Southern West Virginia, Senator Stollings thoroughly enjoys floating and fishing the rivers of the area. To express his commitment to the sportsmen and women of West Virginia, he joined the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2015 and currently serves as a Caucus Co-Chair.
In 2015, Senator Stollings co-sponsored SB 383, a bill which would permit hunting and trapping on private lands on Sundays. Currently, Sunday hunting remains severely restricted in six northeastern states. Other states only allow for Sunday hunting in certain instances and for limited species. Repealing Sunday hunting bans have proven to increase license sales, have a positive impact on the state’s economy, and increase the private property rights of landowners.
“Joining and helping to lead the West Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is something I am very excited about,” said Senator Stollings. “Creating an effective, durable caucus and ensuring that West Virginia’s sportsmen and women will have an ally in the capitol for years to come is a big priority. I believe that there is great potential for economic diversification and job growth using our bountiful natural resources.”
West Virginia is home to over 447,000 hunters and anglers statewide. On an annual basis, the sportsmen’s community spends an estimated $870 million, supporting upwards of 12,585 jobs in the state.
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Recently, Virginia has proposed legislation that would make the punishment for poaching, in their state, a 1-5 year prison sentence through HB-449. Poaching undermines the social acceptance of hunters, jobs, recreation, local and state economies, and conservation efforts. How should poachers be punished?Vote Here
- By sentencing them to jail time. (36.84%)
- By giving them a cash fine. (11.58%)
- By banning their hunting and fishing privileges and their ability to buy the necessary licenses. (15.79%)
- By putting them on a probation period. (1.05%)
- There should be some discretion in the penalties depending on the motivations for the poaching incident. (34.74%)