(12/30/2001)
West Virginia is among the last states to have some form of Sunday hunting. The West Virginia Legislature approved Sunday hunting in all 55 counties, while at the same time saying their approval was a mistake. They intended to implement Sunday hunting by county option, allowing the measure to be placed on the ballot.

Several West Virginia counties have now placed the issue on their May ballot, and the Calhoun Commission is expected to make a decision regarding the issue on January 7.

Opponents of placing the matter on the ballot cite few problems with Sunday hunting. Others say having Sunday hunting vary from county to county in West Virginia is very confusing, causing considerable problems for law enforcement, but most say it is good for the rural economy and allows more working people the opportunity to hunt on the weekends.

Some say it comes down to land owners having rights to control hunting on their own property.

Some people are against Sunday hunting because of religious "sanctity of the holy day," while others just want a reprieve from gunfire in their neighborhoods.

Petitions have been presented to the Calhoun Commission to place the issue on the ballot, letting the voters decide.

Pros and cons on the issue should be forwarded in writing to County Clerk Richard Kirby, or comments can be made by contacting county commissioners.


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