Cannot hunt on Sundays?!?


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Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 18, 2009, 05:26 PM
Holy crap, what's going on here - I just read that you cannot hunt on Sundays in these states:

North Carolina
Delaware
Maine
Mass
Penn
Virginia
New Jersey
Connecticut

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! When WOULD be a good time to hunt, since we have to work til Thursday just to pay for the government we don't ask for, then through Saturday to make enough to pay for our necessities?

Evidently, NC is about to remove the prohibition, and New York, Ohio, and Michigan already have.

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Jorg Nysgerrig
March 18, 2009, 05:48 PM
Apparently you've never heard of blue laws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_law).

MCgunner
March 18, 2009, 05:54 PM
On MY land? A law that's made to be broken.

inclinebench
March 18, 2009, 05:55 PM
I live in Virginia, and every year we hunters try to get the commonwealth to change this crap law. No dice. It has never even made it before the legislature. VDGIF sent out surveys, and the majority of us want to hunt on Sundays, but still the commonwealth wont change the laws. Bible thumpers and hippies on the same side on this one. I just shake my head some times.

~z
March 18, 2009, 06:04 PM
God bless Texas
~z

JImbothefiveth
March 18, 2009, 06:25 PM
I find it odd they define hunting as work. This law must have be very old.

Floppy_D
March 18, 2009, 06:52 PM
Yeah, it really sucks. My only free time is usually on weekends, so my season is neutered. It comes up every year, nothing ever changes.

ACORN
March 18, 2009, 07:23 PM
The thing that realllllllly sucks is that we also have to buy alchohol from "state stores" and beer from "beer distributors" no 7-11s or groceries or mom and pop liquor stores.
Someone here had a sig line that went something like "Alchohol Tobacco and Firearms should be the name of a convenience store"
Pa. is a progressive state.

Big Daddy Grim
March 18, 2009, 07:34 PM
God bless Idaho:D

Speedo66
March 18, 2009, 08:37 PM
So much for a separation of church and state.

mike724
March 18, 2009, 08:59 PM
Perhaps if a group of Jews joined together to abolish hunting on THEIR Sabbath, the legislators would see the hypocracy of their Blue Laws. A prosperous Jewish merchant did that back in the late sixties in Elmira, New York, that is, closed his large and dynamic department store on Saturday, opened it on Sunday, and dared the local law to fine him for respecting his own Sabbath.:neener:

kirklandkie
March 18, 2009, 09:40 PM
you think that's bad? eat at this for a bit:
in CT you can't buy alcohol on Sundays
strangely puritan of us isn't it? particularly when you consider the hunting too

-kirk

Knightrider03m
March 18, 2009, 10:44 PM
So much for a separation of church and state.

agreed

Big Bill
March 18, 2009, 11:28 PM
I don't hunt on Sunday, and it's not because of man's laws. Sunday is the Lord's day; and, in it I try and do his work.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 19, 2009, 12:09 AM
I'm familiar with blue laws - we have them here - car dealers cannot open on Sundays (ha, ha!), for example. But had never in my 40 years ever heard of it being applied to a HOBBY like hunting!!!

redintex
March 19, 2009, 12:48 AM
Good Lord, you can't drink and hunt on Sunday, er - hunt, then drink on Sunday I mean?

I have to give another +1 to the "God Bless Texas"!!!

22-rimfire
March 19, 2009, 12:51 AM
Move to another state. But there have been efforts to remove the Sunday hunting restriction in some states. I suspect they have to have "X" wardens on duty if the season is open on a Sunday. Hence it is a $$ issue.

Grizfire
March 19, 2009, 01:53 AM
what a joke.

jaybr
March 19, 2009, 02:05 AM
Being in VA I don't mind it really, if I was allowed to hunt on Sundays I wouldn't still be married to the same woman for 25 years. The other thing we do allow that most states don't is hunting deer with dogs. I'm out a lot of Sundays trying to track up the hounds I couldn't find Saturday night.

Tom Connors
March 19, 2009, 04:43 AM
There is a bowhunting bill on Governor Corzine's desk RIGHT NOW that was passed by the Assembly on March 16 by a 69-9 margin.

Write, call or email him and ask him to sign this bill into law.

qajaq59
March 19, 2009, 08:19 AM
When we lived in PA the only thing you could hunt on Sundays was crows. How's that for silly?

MCgunner
March 19, 2009, 10:00 AM
Perhaps if a group of Jews joined together to abolish hunting on THEIR Sabbath, the legislators would see the hypocracy of their Blue Laws.

Yeah, well, so long as they don't outlaw hunting hogs. That would suck. :D

We had blue laws in Texas for years and finally got rid of 'em 15 or 20 years ago. It didn't include hunting, though. That's a sacred activity even for the bible crowd down here. :D God can be satisfied in the morning or the afternoon, but the hunter only gets hunting season to gitter dun.

I suspect the churches are FOR the restriction, more hunters back in church to put their money in the plate on Sundays. It's a profit thing, ya know. They do say "money is the root of all evil."

dougestyle
March 19, 2009, 10:34 AM
Yeah it sucks here in NC....but I'm with MCGunner....a law that gets broken on my land-make that disregarded.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 19, 2009, 10:40 AM
I don't mind it really, if I was allowed to hunt on Sundays I wouldn't still be married to the same woman for 25 years

Lol, then there's always the silver lining in every cloud! :)

~z
March 19, 2009, 10:45 AM
22-rimfire, dont you think the game wardens would have LESS to do if they allowed hunting on Sunday?

dodge
March 19, 2009, 11:22 AM
Here in PA it's the animal lover/tree hugger that want to hike on state game lands that is holding up getting the law changed. They think the the animals need a day of rest from being hunted. They want to hike the game lands, that hunters paid for through their hunting license fees, with out worring about anybody hunting.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
March 19, 2009, 12:11 PM
good point, z - didn't think of it that way.

Geno
March 19, 2009, 12:20 PM
Hillsdale Co., MI also. I think there are a few other places in Michigan too.

Geno

Speedo66
March 19, 2009, 08:18 PM
The crazy thing is in NY they had some parts of the state with Sunday hunting laws, but not others.

I believe for the past few years there are no Sun. hunting bans in NY.

arcticap
March 19, 2009, 08:59 PM
It's not really all about religion anymore either.
It's also about how the state regulates the # of deer harvested.
Here in CT there are virtually no restrictions on obtaining deer permits, and having a permit for one deer hunting season doesn't restrict anyone from obtaining other deer permits for all of the other deer seasons. Plus we also have a muzzle loading season that's totally distinct from the firearms season.
There have been unsuccessful attempts to end the Sunday ban for archery hunting only. But since baiting was legalized in certain high density deer areas, they voted to not allow Sunday hunting too. That's because if too many deer are harvested, then the number of permits might need to be restricted.
Plus the majority of citizens are non-hunters.

JWF III
March 19, 2009, 09:02 PM
in CT you can't buy alcohol on Sundays


Georgia's no different. There has even been a bill each of the last several years, that has been gaining ground. But the govenor keeps saying (paraphrased) "If you want to drink on Sunday, plan ahead and buy it on Saturday." No laws against drinking, even at restaurants and bars. You just can't buy alcohol at a store, take it home, and drink in peace.

At least we can hunt on Sunday.

Wyman

Sunray
March 19, 2009, 09:48 PM
It's been that way, up here, in Ontario, with a rifle only, for eons. You have always been ok to hunt with a bow on Sunday. Then our idiot socialist Provincial government changed the law and let the municipalities decide. Now you can be legal on one side of a road but not on the other.
Most of our booze stores are open 7 days a week. Our Provincial govenment holds the monoply for liquor, but beer stores are owned by the breweries. Both unionized and the workies are paid skilled wages to work retail.

Covey Leader
March 21, 2009, 10:19 PM
There is a bowhunting bill on Governor Corzine's desk RIGHT NOW that was passed by the Assembly on March 16 by a 69-9 margin.

Write, call or email him and ask him to sign this bill into law.

You beat me to it. I believe its confined to private property and certain WMA's

amprecon
March 21, 2009, 11:10 PM
Ummm, you can add Maryland to that list.

usmc1371
March 21, 2009, 11:22 PM
Thank god I live in oregon where I can stop by the local ATF store and pick up some beers or a bottle and a box of shells seven days a week. But god forbid I want to hunt couger or black bear with dogs.

jaybr
March 21, 2009, 11:39 PM
Lol, then there's always the silver lining in every cloud!

yeah, we can't hunt on Sundays, but we have it pretty good otherwise. I have alot of freinds in other states where Sunday hunting is allowed, I'm glad I"m in VA.

It cost me $17 a year for a hunting license
Big Game tags are $17, include 3 deer either sex, 3 deer antlerless, 3 turkey, and 1 bear.
Bow license $17
Muzzleloader $17
Bonus deer tags (2) are $17 and no limit on the number you purchase
No lotteries, only restriction is hunter safety course

Deer Season
Bow only season is a month long
2 week muzzleloader season
6 week general firearms season
We also now have urban archery seasons in several places starting 1 month before bow season and going 3 months after the regular season is out.

So I can legally hunt deer for 7 months, I can live without hunting Sundays.

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