Sunday Hunting For VA

Getting an early set up for the Sunday hunting push for next year. We have garnered national spotlight (NRA, NSSF, Cabela’s, etc.) and support this year. This is a first for us and all indications are that this was due to the grass roots effort in Virginia that brought them on board and it isn’t going away.

Priority 1:
Educate the public
* Use of Dogs while hunting bear, raccoon and fox on Sunday is legal, traditional hunting is not
* Many Virginians are not aware that hunting opportunity on Sunday is restricted to dog chase hunting. In most conversations you will find that people are shocked and think this is illogical
* Call in to radio talk shows
* Try and contact your local or regional paper and see if there is any interest in running a story
* Get the word out that the Sunday strangle hold is being held by the minority of hunters, most hunters now support Sunday hunting
* Hunting is far safer than other outdoor activities such horseback riding. Horseback riders are 20 times more likely to suffer injury than a motorcycle rider.

Priority 2:
Educate your legislators
* Contact your Legislators and voice your opinion – this is VERY important for those of you who live in districts whose legislators are on the State Senate or House Agriculture Committees
* Let them know that the horror stories they hear about hunting are either false, over exaggerated by those who have an agenda against hunting or the result of criminal activity – NOT HUNTING.
* You wish that they would come to the table with some form of compromise
* Go to political events and opportunities to publically question your legislators on their stance on Sunday hunting for all. Remember civility and let us know on the group what you find out.

Priority 3:
Vote with your wallet
* Support those who are supporting us (Here is a list of the national coalition that weighed in this year, I would recommend adopting at least one of these groups to join and support. Try and let them know that you are joining because of their effort in Virginia. National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Boone and Crockett Club, Cabela’s, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the Wildlife Management Institute)
* Find out and support local agencies and businesses who support hunting on Sunday for all. Let those who don’t know that you will be voting with your wallet. This is important in rural locations who see the financial impact of Saturday hunt days vs. Sunday. A good example is the Virginia Farm Bureau, they do not support Sunday hunting for all and we should not be supporting them.

Priority 4:
Continue to grow the Facebook group and involvement. So far it is the largest group of grass roots effort that exists in The State. 1,800+ and growing, there is strength in numbers!

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