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Sunday Hunting

In 19th Century America, "blue laws" restricted many activities on Sunday, including Hunting.

Other outdoor activities are allowed on Sunday, including those that take place on public and private property, such as fishing, hiking and golf. Restrictions on Sunday hunting effectively treat hunters as second-class citizens and tacitly endorse the view of animal extremists that there is something wrong with hunting. Such a view ignores the fact that hunting is part of America’s heritage and hunters contribute billions of dollars to wildlife and conservation programs, through license fees and revenues generated through purchases of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.

Restrictions on Sunday hunting effectively treat hunters as second-class citizens and tacitly endorse the view of animal extremists that there is something wrong with hunting.

Laws prohibiting hunting on Sundays are among the last of America's "blue laws," and for many reasons should be repealed.

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Reasons to Lift the Bans on Sunday Hunting

States that have recently repealed Sunday hunting prohibitions have had no adverse impact on game populations. 

In fact, states that allow hunting on Sunday have the most abundant game populations. Allowing hunting on Sunday gives state wildlife agencies more flexibility in managing populations, including the ability to increase hunting in areas that have unsustainably high game populations. 

The most common reason that hunters stop hunting is lack of hunting opportunity. 

Since most hunters work Monday through Friday, a ban on Sunday hunting essentially cuts their available hunting time in half.

Sunday hunting helps recruit new hunters.

Many young people have school or athletic obligations on Saturday. Allowing Sunday hunting means that parents have more opportunities to hunt with their sons and daughters, sharing an important part of America’s heritage. Maintaining America’s large number of hunters is crucial to maintaining the revenues necessary to sustain crucial wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation programs. Anti-hunting groups support Sunday hunting bans as part of their general opposition to hunting.

Sunday hunting provides an economic benefit to many rural areas. 

Every day that hunters are in the field, they spend money on fuel, food, lodging and dozens of incidentals that go along with a day’s hunt. You can see the positive economic impact Sunday hunting would have on the restrictive states here.

Out-of-state license revenues grow as a result of Sunday hunting. 

Hunters are more likely to go on out-of-state hunting trips when they can hunt a full weekend, and out-of-state hunters pay higher license fees and spend more money on incidentals than in-state hunters.

Current Sunday Hunting Bans

The latest states to expand Sunday hunting opportunities are Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia. In 2015, North Carolina added firearms to the legal methods of take while hunting on private land on Sundays, and Connecticut partially rescinded its ban to allow bow hunters to hunt deer on private property in overpopulated deer management zones on Sundays. In 2014, Virginia hunters experienced a successful, first season of Sunday hunting on private land and public waterways. 

Three states prohibit hunting on Sunday for any wild game.

Those states—Delaware, Maine and Massachusetts—each considered legislation to lift the bans in recent years.

Eight states allow limited Sunday hunting. 

Maryland and West Virginia allow hunting on Sundays in some counties on private land. South Carolina and Virginia allow Sunday hunting on private land and some public waterways for waterfowl. North Carolina allows Sunday hunting with archery equipment and firearms (with restrictions) on private lands and only by falconry on public lands—meaning migratory game birds may not be taken on Sundays. New Jersey allows bow hunting on Sundays for deer on state wildlife management areas and private property. Pennsylvania allows hunting on Sundays for foxes, crows and coyotes. Connecticut allows deer hunting on Sunday with a bow and arrow on private property provided such property is in a deer management zone identified by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to be overpopulated with deer.

Recently, the eight aforementioned states have taken some steps to allow hunting on Sunday. 

None of these states has experienced the horror stories predicted by anti-hunting activists. Each continues to have healthy wildlife populations. Hunters continue to be safe and responsible. Church attendance remains unchanged. Landowner-hunter conflicts have not increased. In sum, Sunday hunting has had only a beneficial impact on these states and the future of hunting in them. 

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Charleston Gazette-Mail  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Group: Sunday hunt could bring 2,600 jobs, $155M to W.V.

Making hunting legal on Sundays across West Virginia could create about 2,600 jobs and spur up to $155 ...

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Dates Listed by DNREC, Public Comment Requested

Hunting  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Dates Listed by DNREC, Public Comment Requested

On Thursday, August 11, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) posted the Sunday hunting ...

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Signed into Law

Recently, Sunday hunting legislation, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 289, was signed into law. 

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Passed out of Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Hunting  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Passed out of Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk

Earlier today, the Delaware Senate passed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 289 by a 14-7 vote.

Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Gathering Momentum After Senate Committee Hearing

Hunting  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Gathering Momentum After Senate Committee Hearing

Yesterday, May 18, the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee held a hearing to discuss legislation that would repeal ...

Pittsburgh Tribune Review  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lawmakers still seeking deal to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania

Sportsmen's groups have been trying to change that for years, with no success. A bill introduced in the ...

Delaware: House Overwhelmingly Passes Sunday Hunting Legislation

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Delaware: House Overwhelmingly Passes Sunday Hunting Legislation

Yesterday, the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Bill 289 by a 36-3 vote.

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Advances out of House Committee

Hunting  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Delaware: Sunday Hunting Legislation Advances out of House Committee

On Wednesday, the Delaware House Committee on Agriculture approved House Substitute 1 for House Bill 289, sponsored by Representative ...

Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Will be Heard in Senate Committee

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pennsylvania: Sunday Hunting Legislation Will be Heard in Senate Committee

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee has scheduled a hearing for May 18 to discuss Senate Bill 1070, ...

Pennsylvania: Attention Private Landowners, You Can Help Support Sunday Hunting in Your State!

Hunting  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pennsylvania: Attention Private Landowners, You Can Help Support Sunday Hunting in Your State!

If you are a private landowner who owns land for farming or recreation please contact the NRA to ...

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