The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 10, 2012

Sports Briefs - Thursday, Oct. 11

— The fall wild turkey hunting season in West Virginia opens Oct. 13 in selected counties.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) predicts the wild turkey harvest this fall will be similar to the 2011 fall hunting season, when hunters took 1,186 turkeys in 33 counties. This prediction is based on current mast conditions and wild turkey brood reports.

“This year’s mast crop is spotty with some areas having abundant production and some areas with scarce mast conditions,” said Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section. “The mast conditions will have wild turkey flocks spread out across the landscape, but hunters willing to scout or walk should have no problem locating flocks in areas of abundant mast.”

A total of 36 counties in West Virginia will be open to wild turkey hunting this fall. Counties open to fall turkey hunting include the following:

-- Fourteen traditional fall hunting counties will be open to a four-week split season (Oct. 13-20 and Oct. 29-Nov. 17).

-- Seven counties will be open to a two-week split season (Oct. 13-20 and Oct. 29-Nov. 3).

-- Fifteen counties will have a one-week season (Oct. 13-20).

More information on the fall wild turkey season and other hunting regulations can be found in the 2012–2013 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary.  Copies of this brochure are available at DNR offices, license agents, and on the agency’s website at


Wild Bill’s Roadhouse (formerly The Clover Club) and 103.1 The Bear will present the “Miss Ring Girl” competition to select the official ring girls for the 14th annual Budweiser Original Toughman Contest set for Nov. 2-3.

The ring girl competition will be held at Wild Bill’s Roadhouse, located on Rte. 60 near White Sulphur Springs, on Friday, Oct. 26. A total of $1,600 in cash, plus various prizes, will be awarded to the four winners. Miss Ring Girl will receive $1,000 cash.

Any lady age 18 or older may enter online at or by calling 1-800-296-3897. Prospective contestants may also fill out an entry form at Wild Bill’s Roadhouse.

The Toughman event will be staged at the State Fair Event Center/West Virginia Building located near Lewisburg.


Two Oak Hill boxers will be featured in special professional bouts as part of the 14th annual Budweiser Original Toughman Contest, which will be held Nov. 2-3 at the State Fair Grounds in Fairlea.

On Nov. 2, Shawn “The Thrill of Oak Hill” Laughery (2-0) will fight “Tiger” Mike Wilmer (3-3) of Greenbrier County in a four-round light heavyweight bout. On Nov. 3, fight fans will be treated to a 10-round WV state cruiserweight title fight, when reigning champion Bobby Thomas, Jr. (11-1), of Oak Hill, defends his title against the No. 1-ranked contender, Warren Browning (16-2-1), of Lenore.

Toughman fighter registration is now being accepted for the single-elimination boxing tournament, which is open to area men and women ages 18 through 35 with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. All bouts are scheduled for three, one-minute rounds, with all fighters wearing 16-ounce gloves, protective headgear and a mouth piece.

Prospective Toughman and Toughwoman fighters, as well as ring girls, may enter online at or by calling 1-800-296-3897.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 15.

Additional information is available online at


Coaches at the college, high school, junior varsity, junior high and recreational league (adult or youth) levels are urged to submit game results and updated statistics to The Fayette Tribune.

Information can be sent a variety of ways: via e-mail to; by U.S. mail at The Fayette Tribune, P.O. Box 139, Oak Hill, WV 25901; by fax at 304-469-4105; or in person at the office at 417 W. Main Street in Oak Hill.