Sunday Hunting Victorious in West Virginia

The on-the-ground Sunday Hunting movement in West Virginia, assisted organizationally and financially by NSSF, has reason to celebrate after 11 counties voted to authorize Sunday hunting on private property. While NSSF was optimistic about securing passage in most of the counties, winning all 11 provides a clear sign to the state legislature that the time has arrived to implement statewide Sunday hunting. NSSF is grateful to the voters who saw this as a private-­property-rights issue.

While county initiatives in the past saw razor-close margins, that was not the case on Election Day this year. The margin of approval was nearly 2 to 1 in every county, with the exception of Monongalia, where it was approved by almost 3 to 1. Even more surprising are the results from the capitol region of Kanawha County, where voters said yes to Sunday hunting 67 to 33 percent.

Close to 200,000 people in the state cast votes in favor of Sunday hunting, and West Virginia now has 33 counties in which it is permitted.