RICHMOND (WRIC) - There's a fresh push to legalize hunting on Sundays in Virginia and it could be a hot topic in the upcoming General Assembly session.
Opponents of the law say it will fail to gain traction, but proponents say they have the wind in their sails and with a new partner they say this could be the year.
"If we want the general population to support hunting then we need to understand that they want to be able to use the woods one day without having hunters out there," says Kirby Burch of the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance.
Burch is a self-proclaimed hunter, but says six days a week is enough for him.
"A lot of individuals believe that a day of rest is needed for everything, whether it's for wildlife or for biblical reasons."
He also says hunters in Virginia are in the vast minority of the population. He says no Sunday hunting is a compromise that many hunters are willing to make.
"It's inappropriate for the state to not allow one particular day for them to peruse what is Virginia's heritage," says Scott Reed, board member of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland fisheries.
Reed agrees hunters are the vast minority, and says fewer and fewer kids are getting involved because of limitations such as the Sunday hunting ban.
"It's really all about the kids and getting them out into the woods and in the fields and in the marshes," Reed said. "The single greatest impediment to recruitment and retention of new hunters is access and opportunity."
Burch said, "We will lose support of the broad spectrum of the public if we continue to push for Sunday hunting."
According to a January poll done by Roanoke College, 48 percent of those surveyed say they support hunting on Sunday while 39 percent opposed.
Both sides say they are dug in and ready to battle come the 2014 General Assembly Session.
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