CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If some determined West Virginians have their way, voters will once again decide whether to allow Sunday hunting in their home counties.
"Wait a minute," I hear some of you say. "I thought Sunday hunting was allowed."
"Wait a minute," I hear others say. "I thought we voted Sunday hunting down already."
Actually, both statements are true.
In 2001, the state Legislature passed a bill that overturned West Virginia's blue law against Sunday hunting. But, much to hunters' chagrin, the bill contained a provision that allowed individual county commissions to put the issue to a vote.
Forty-one commissions put it on the ballot, and in the spring of 2002, voters in all 41 of those counties voted to get rid of Sunday hunting.
So today, Sunday hunting is legal in 14 Mountain State counties and illegal in 41.
Cory Boothe and his friends want to change that.
Boothe, a teacher and rafting guide who lives near Mt. Nebo in Nicholas County, has launched petition drives in several counties to get the Sunday hunting issue placed on the ballot for the state's 2014 primary election.
Under the 2001 law, the issue can be placed on the ballot if 5 percent of a county's registered voters sign petitions requesting it.
"We're doing pretty well," Boothe said. "We already have enough signatures to get it on the ballot in three counties, and we're working to get the numbers we need in a whole bunch of others."
Boothe is counting on Internet-based social media to help get the word out.