Take Action Today! West Virginia sportsmen should contact their state senator and ask them to vote YES on Senate Bill 451. West Virginia members can find their state senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Legislative Action Center.
On Feb. 6, members of the West Virginia Senate Natural Resources Committee recommended passage of legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on public land. Currently, Sunday hunting is only permitted on private property. Senate Bill 451, sponsored by Sen. Mark R. Maynard (R-Genoa), would allow hunting on Sundays on public lands, but the bill must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee before it can be voted on by the full Senate.
Many sportsmen work six days a week, and have difficulty finding time to get into the woods for hunting. Allowing hunting on Sundays provides a boon to local economies and helps keep hunters active in the future. The additional day of hunting is expected to pump $9 million into the economy, and $600,000 into conservation funding.
“Current law plays favorites by permitting Sunday hunting only on private land,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services for Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Senate Bill 451 would allow all West Virginians to hunt on any day of the week on both public and private lands. It’s time for legislature to treat all West Virginia hunters equally.”
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