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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director


News Release : September 7, 2005


Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3380

Contact: Marshall Snedegar , Wildlife Resources Section (304) 558-2771


Turkey and Deer Calling Seminars with Dick Clevenger

At National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration

September 24-25 at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park


  Four-time West Virginia State Calling Champion Dick Clevenger will teach both turkey and deer calling during the 2005 West Virginia Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, to be held at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in Lewis County (Interstate 79 exit 91) September 24 and 25. Clevenger, who is a popular instructor throughout the eastern states, will teach a turkey and a deer calling seminar on Saturday, and a deer seminar on Sunday.


  Clevenger has participated in the Grand National Turkey Calling Championship for 16 years. He has won the West Virginia State Turkey Calling Championship four times, the Ohio State Turkey Calling Championship two times, and the Southern Open Turkey Calling Championship once. For the past 40 years he has been a successful deer hunter. He has won or placed in more than 250 turkey calling contests during the past 25 years, and has hunted wild turkey in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio and Kentucky. Clevenger serves as senior pro staff member for Woods Wise Products, pro staff member for Realtree Camo and Kicks Choke Tubes. He has conducted numerous seminars on deer and turkey hunting and calling, and is knowledgeable in the use of scents, blinds, decoys, scouting and preseason preparation.


  “To call turkeys or deer successfully, you have to put feeling into your calls,” says Clevenger, comparing turkey and deer talk to conversation among humans. “You want to express the desire, the need that the turkey or deer is trying to express. You want to say ‘Hey, come over here!' Put emphasis on your calling and know various calls and when to use them.”


  The National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation. More than 100 vendors and exhibits will be available. The public is invited to enjoy archery, youth competition, good food, sport dogs, care and cooking of fish and game, shotgun and black powder shooting, and many more activities and door prizes. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children under age 15, and children 3 and under free. For more information call (304) 558-2771 or visit .


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