Wednesday, October 04, 2006

No Pheasant Hunting On Sunday?

Did you know that eleven states ban hunting on Sunday or restrict it in various ways, such as allowing it only for certain game or in certain locations.

Some bans go as far back as the 1700s and are among the "blue laws" enacted to restrict working, shopping, drinking, dancing and other activities on the Sabbath. Courts have upheld Sunday bans on hunting, according to David Hudson of the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

Chris Cox, from the National Rifle Association states that bans like these that limit hunting cause the sport to loose ground. According to the NRA for every 100 hunters who quit, only 69 people take up the activity.

Source: Emily Bazar, "States consider lifting Sunday hunting bans; Loosening 'blue law' limits could control deer overpopulation," USA Today, October 3, 2006.

Some of the current states with sunday hunting bans include:

North Carolina

If you live in a state that bans sunday hunting give your legislator a call and tell him or her to do somthing about it. I would like to complete my list of eleven states so if you live in one of the states that is not mentioned above please let me know so I can add it to the list. Also, if you have a contact for the correct person to call in that state please post it for your fellow hunters in that state.

Remember it is our responsibility to keep hunting strong for future generations.

Also, I can't forget my advertising pitch- Please visit my pheasant hunting site.


Anonymous said...

Sunday is about the only time durring the week I have to pheasant hunt. I don't know what I would do if my state didn't allow pheasant hunting on sunday. Perhaps move? Are the hunting clubs closed on sunday in these states as well

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