"The tired old arguments [opponents used] against hunting on Sundays don't hold water anymore," he said.
As an example, Boothe cited the issue of safety. Sunday-hunting opponents in 2002 managed to convince landowners that they'd get bombarded by flying bullets and arrows, and that farmers' livestock would get shot.
"None of that ever happened," Boothe said. "In the last 10 years, more than 4 million licensed hunters have gone afield in West Virginia without a single farmer, hiker, horseback rider, or any other member of the non-hunting public being shot."
Opponents also argued that if Sunday hunting were legalized, landowners would be overrun by trespassers. Boothe cited statistics that appear to prove otherwise.
"In 2002, law enforcement officers made 254 arrests for trespassing," he said. "Only four of those occurred on Sundays."
Laws prohibiting Sunday hunting largely sprang from "blue laws" devised to protect the Sabbath from secular incursion. Boothe said voters in even the most church-going states no longer seem to consider blue-law activities a threat.
"Of the 10 states with highest church attendance, nine have Sunday hunting," he observed.
Another prominent argument against Sunday hunting in 2002 was that it was illegal in neighboring Virginia, where blue laws also held sway for decades. That argument, Boothe said, should disappear within a matter of days.
"The Virginia [General Assembly] just passed a bill to allow it, and [Gov. Terry McAuliffe] has indicated he would sign it," he said.
Currently, only 10 states - all in the mid-Atlantic region or the industrial Northeast - continue to ban Sunday hunting. When McAuliffe signs Virginia's bill into law, the number will drop to nine.
"Once you cross the Ohio River, you can hunt on Sundays all the way to the Pacific Ocean," Boothe said.