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.
Your opinion counts
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?Vote Here
- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (5.16%)
- Increase access to public lands. (24.79%)
- Provide more information for new participants. (4.06%)
- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (13.20%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (42.98%)
- I feel we have enough sportsmen and women and do not believe R3 programs are necessary. (9.81%)