Advocacy Group: Sunday Hunting Could Benefit W. Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A representative of a national sportsmen’s advocacy group told West Virginia lawmakers that allowing hunting on Sundays could create thousands of new jobs and spur millions in spending.

News outlets report Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Coordinator John Culclasure appeared Tuesday before the Joint Commission on Economic Development to urge lawmakers to pass a law next year that would legalize Sunday hunting statewide.

Culclasure says making Sunday hunting legal statewide could create about 2,600 jobs and spur up to $155 million in additional economic activity each year. Twenty-two of the state’s 55 counties currently allow hunting on Sunday on private land.

Culclasure says numerous West Virginia residents travel on the weekends to states such as Ohio and Kentucky where there are no Sunday hunting restrictions. Thirty-nine states have no Sunday hunting restrictions.