Repealing Virginia's ban on Sunday hunting has been discussed in the Virginia General Assembly for decades without success, but this year may be different.Hunters are using social media to organize, forming a Facebook group, posting videos to YouTube and hosting web forums for supporters.
The lobbying firm Reed Smith LLP, which has an office in Richmond, has been retained by the Sunday Hunting Coalition and, for the first time, a national hunting and conservation group, Delta Fowl, has joined with groups like the National Rifle Association to support a repeal of the ban.
Gov. Bob McDonnell also supports easing restrictions, and last year the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Board called for an outright repeal, a strong move for the nonpartisan board. "I felt the board should stay neutral as we have in the past, and I still feel that way," said Leon Turner Sr., the lone board member to vote against the resolution. "The board should not have endorsed something that the legislature just shot down. That would leave a bitter taste in their mouth and in fact it probably did."
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