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Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« on: February 06, 2006, 09:30:16 PM »

http://www.ncwildlife.org/sunday_hunt/sunday_hunt.htm


http://www.ncwildlife.org/sunday_hunt/sunday_hunt_form.asp

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is losing a great amount of revenue from out of state hunters who won't hunt in NC due to this antiquated blue law still on the books and from resident hunters who chose to use their vacations in states where Sunday Hunting is allowed. Currently, according to the NRA fact sheet, NC is one of only 7 sevens that still doesn't allow Sunday Hunting.
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2006, 09:41:06 PM »
Pennsylvania and North Carolina: No Hunting On Sundays.

That is Two out of the Seven.  Who are the others?
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2006, 06:17:37 AM »
Off the top of my head a few are:  VA, Maine, NJ, Maryland and I think either Mass. or CT.  I'll look it up and post them all later.
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006, 07:08:11 AM »
i am sure glad I live in V.T., and close by N.Y. were hunting on Sundays is great.  8)
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2006, 11:11:22 AM »
That sucks, not hunting on Sunday. What a moronic law. :shock: :D
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2006, 11:27:59 AM »
nice going CJ, I recently attended a NC Wildlife proposal hearing in my disrict and this was a big topic of discussion. The commission is concerned about the dwindling hunter and license sales and even held a symposium last October to try to figure out reasons and hopefully ways to reverse the trend. The lack of opportunities for children, including Sundays was cited as a major contributing factor. Our younguns here in the district 9 have 6 days away from school during deer season and can't hunt during 3 of them. How do you get a kid interested with 3 days a year with our almost invisible deer herd.? It was pointed out by plenty of sportsmen attending, that the license sales were there, they were just out of state sales. We have been yelling for years at our commission about the Sunday issue, but they always passed the buck. Saying " we have no control over that, it's a legislative issue" But now that their future revenues are at stake, only now are they concerned enough to go to the State, on our behalf. >:(
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2006, 08:29:25 PM »


The Truth About Sunday Hunting: Why Hunters Shouldn`t Be Treated as Second-Class Citizens


In the early days of America, so-called blue laws restricted many activities on Sunday. In recent years, however, state governments have recognized that the people`s right to choose for themselves what they do, or don`t do, on Sunday is more consistent with America`s founding principals. Present day bans on Sunday hunting are the last holdouts of these blue laws, and hunters are questioning why they are being treated differently from their fellow citizens.

 
The majority of hunters will agree that the biggest obstacle to hunting, and the biggest obstacle to recruiting new hunters, is lack of access and opportunity to hunt. By restricting Sunday hunting, states are not only limiting opportunities for today`s hunters but are making it harder to recruit new hunters to carry on our proud heritage. Anti-hunting groups understand this, that`s why they oppose lifting Sunday hunting bans--they don`t want a new generation of hunters to enter the field. This opposition to Sunday hunting is in fact opposition to the future of hunting itself.

Restrictions on Sunday hunting treat hunters as second-class citizens. Other outdoor activities are allowed on Sunday, including fishing, hiking and golf. By restricting hunting and not other activities, state governments are sending a not so subtle message to hunters and non-hunters alike that there is something wrong with hunting, that it isn`t as legitimate an activity. This message ignores the fact that hunters contribute billions of dollars to the benefit of wildlife, both through license fees and excise taxes paid on firearms and ammunition.

There are compelling reasons why Sunday hunting should be allowed:

Sunday hunting has no detrimental effect on wildlife populations. The 43 states that allow some form of Sunday hunting have healthy wildlife populations in those areas that can sustain them. In fact the states with the most abundant game populations allow Sunday hunting. Those states that have recently removed prohibitions on Sunday hunting have not seen a negative impact on game populations. Allowing Sunday hunting will give state wildlife agencies more flexibility in managing populations. The extra day a week for hunting will give the agencies the ability to increase hunting in areas of overpopulation by encouraging hunters to go afield.
The most common reason that hunters stop hunting is lack of hunting opportunity. Hunting opportunities are largely decided by two factors: accessible land and available time. Since most hunters work Monday through Friday, a ban on Sunday hunting cuts their available hunting time in half.
Sunday hunting is an excellent way to recruit new hunters. Many young people have school or athletic obligations on Saturday. Allowing Sunday hunting means that parents can spend time hunting with their son or daughter, passing on a heritage that is so important to America. With the myriad of activities that compete for the attention of young people today, a restriction on Sunday hunting means many of them never take up the sport.
Sunday hunting will bring an economic benefit to many rural areas. Every day that hunters are in the field, they spend money on gas, food, lodging and the dozens of other incidentals that go along with a day`s hunt. The ripple effect of this spending can have a major impact on a rural town or county.
Out-of-state license revenue can grow as a result of Sunday hunting. Few hunters will take extended hunting trips to a state that won`t let them hunt one day of the week. These out-of-state hunters pay higher license fees that benefit the game department and also spend even more money on incidentals than in-state hunters.
Current Sunday hunting bans:

Currently seven states entirely prohibit hunting on Sunday for wild game; they are Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut. All of these states have considered legislation to lift the bans in recent years. Repealing the Sunday hunting bans has been actively supported by the wildlife agencies in Maine and New Jersey.

Four states allow limited Sunday hunting: Maryland allows hunting on two Sundays during deer season; South Carolina allows Sunday hunting on private land only; North Carolina allows Sunday hunting on some federal installations; in 2001 West Virginia enacted legislation that allows Sunday hunting on private land, but each county can hold a referendum to ban Sunday hunting; currently 14 counties allow it.

Recently several states have recognized the folly of Sunday hunting bans:

New York: In 1996 New York opened Sunday hunting on three Sundays during deer season. Within five years the law was changed to allow all Sunday hunting, except on specifically designated lands.

Ohio: In 1998 Ohio passed a bill allowing a test of Sunday hunting on public lands for a period of three years. In 2002 the legislature made Sunday hunting permanent without opposition from groups that had concerns when the test began. The state wildlife agency supported the change.

Michigan: Sunday hunting was banned on private land in certain counties, but in 2003, all Sunday hunting closures were repealed. The bill was supported by the state wildlife agency.

None of these states have experienced the horror stories forecast by opponents of hunting. The states continue to have healthy wildlife populations. Hunters continue to behave in a responsible and safe manner. Church attendance remains unchanged. Landowner-hunter conflicts have not increased. In sum, Sunday hunting has had nothing but a beneficial impact on these states and the future of hunting in them.

Posted: 3/14/2005

http://www.nraila.org//issues/factsheets/read.aspx?id=174

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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2006, 09:59:42 PM »
In just a few short months, we'll be able to buy LOTTERY tickets on Sunday in NC. But when they start allowing hunting, the whole state will probably go to hell ;D
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2006, 10:20:57 PM »
.....It seems to me a bit of Civil Disobediance is in order where such laws exsist! I do not believe such laws stay in force save by the timidity of folks to challernge them! At any rate, if people started to disregard such foolish laws,they'd soon end!
...... Black folks didn't vote for more than one hundred fifty years after our declaration of independance declared "all men created equal". It wasn't until they hit the streets in protest, the 'big wigs' relented..and make things right.That being said, i'm not sure the minority vote has championed freedom much,so much as increased socialism..
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Re: Please fill out Sunday Hunting survey
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2006, 10:36:29 PM »
I agree, olhippie. The first ammendment of our Constitution reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Sure sounds like there could be some "respecting of an establishment" here don't it. Yeah, civil disobedience might work here. It just usually exceeds the budget of the average sportsman or prevents you from going to work the next day ;D
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