Fair Chase Affidavit

To be entered into the West Virginia Bowhunters Association Records, the animal must meet the minimum scoring requirements, and must be taken in complete compliance with the controlling game laws and the Rules of Fair Chase. The term “Fair Chase” shall not include the taking of animals under the following conditions:

  1. Helpless in a trap, deep snow or water, or on ice.
  2. From any power vehicle or power boat.
  3. While inside escape-proof fenced enclosures.
  4. By “Jacklighting” or shining at night.
  5. By the use of any tranquilizers or poisons.
  6. By the use of any power vehicles or power boat for herding or driving animals, including use of aircraft to land alongside or to communicate with or direct a hunter on the ground.
  7. By the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating, or pursuing game, or guiding the hunter to such game or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached.
  8. Any other condition considered by the Board of Directors as unacceptable.

Special Note: For the purpose of the West Virginia Bowhunters Association, a bow shall be defined as a longbow, recurve bow or a compound bow that is hand-held and hand-drawn, and that has no mechanical device to enable the hunter to lock the bow at full or partial draw. Other than energy stored by the drawn bow, no device to propel the arrow will be permitted.


I certify that the trophy scored on this chart was not taken in violation of the conditions listed above. In signing this statement, I understand that if the information provided on this entry is found to be misrepresented or fraudulent in any respect, it will not be accepted into the records program. I also certify by my signature that the information I have provided on this form is accurate and correct. I also understand that all my entry materials, including photographs, as well as any additional information become the property of the West Virginia Bowhunters Association.

I, ______________________________________attest that my _______________________________ was

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taken entirely by the means of Bow & Arrow, and in complete compliance with the controlling game laws of the state of West Virginia and the Rules of Fair Chase.


Hunter’s Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ______________________



Signature of Witness to bow kill (Does not have to be Eye Witness): _______________________________



Witness Name (Printed): ______________________________________ Date: ______________________


Address of Witness: _____________________________________________________________________


Phone Number of Witness: _______________________________________________

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