Dave Mullins searched the vast expanse of the Internet in vain.
He had hoped to find a website that catered specifically to hunters like him - bowhunters who prefer to hunt on public, rather than private, land. He found bits and pieces here and there, but never the whole enchilada.
"The main thing I wasn't finding was a one-stop shop, so to speak," Mullins said.
So, last December, he sat down at the computer in his Charleston apartment and started designing the Public Land Bowhunters website.
"I wanted bowhunters across the country to have a central, comprehensive online destination where they could have all their needs met, and where they could meet new people who share a passion for bowhunting on public land."
When Mullins said comprehensive, he meant it.
The site, www.publiclandbowhunters/forumotion.com, has forums where hunters can discuss almost every imaginable aspect of their pastime.
There is a general discussion forum, of course, but there are also forums that cater to very specific areas.
One is geared toward education. In it, Mullins created sub-forums dedicated to do-it-yourself projects, weather, maps and GPS, and information about blood-trailing wounded animals.
Another, under the heading "Chasin' Critters on Public Land," has sub-forums dedicated to bears, deer, elk, hogs, predators, turkeys, small game and bowfishing.
Still another contains links to bowhunting forums in all 50 states. West Virginia's, for example, contains sub-links to the West Virginia Bowhunters Association website, the Traditional Bowhunters of Southern West Virginia site, and links to hunting-related news specific to the state.
An equipment forum contains sub-forums dedicated to bows, arrows, broadheads, tree stands and ground blinds. There are also sub-forums that link to preferred merchants, forum contests, forum polls, and forum classifieds. There are even sub-forums for members of the military and for bowhunters of the Christian faith.
"I want the forum to be inclusive rather than exclusive," Mullins said. "The forum is open to people who enjoy any legal archery equipment — compound bows, recurve bows, longbows, crossbows or self bows."
And while the forum does cater specifically to bowhunters, Mullins said it's open to literally anyone.