Monday, January 31, 2011

Coalition Formed Against Sunday Hunting Ban

© By Othmar Vohringer

It’s hard to believe that in this day and age some U.S. States and Canadian Provinces still have Sunday hunting ban laws on the books from a time when laws where influenced by religion. Interestingly most “Sunday ban laws (Blue Laws)” have been lifted. Stores are open on Sundays, so are cinemas, people can mow their lawns on Sunday or do house improvement work and engage in any sport art they wish, even fishing. But Sunday hunting bans are still in place.

This might soon change though if a newly formed coalition has their way. On of the biggest announcements to come out from the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (Shot Show), was the formation of the “Sunday Hunting Coalition”. This new alliance was formed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and includes:

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
National Rifle Association
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Archery Trade Association
Boone and Crockett Club
Delta Waterfowl
Mule Deer Foundation
National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses
Pheasants Forever
Quail Forever
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Safari Club International
Wildlife Management Institute

The Coalitions single goal is the lobbying to repeal laws prohibiting hunting on Sundays in the eleven remaining states that still have the archaic blue law in place.
Those states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Here in Canada Sunday hunting bans are still in place for certain game species or certain areas of Alberta and New Brunswick. Personally I always found that with exception of every other activity hunting is still banned on Sundays is unfair. In these day and age when hunter numbers decline it is important that hunters get more time to hunt and not just one full day out of a week.


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NorCal Cazadora said...

Isn't it just baffling that the courts haven't overturned those laws yet? The religious basis of the laws is so obvious.

Othmar Vohringer said...

it is baffling, especially when you think about that every Sunday ban, such as work, shop opening hours, entertainment and recreational bans and everything in between has been pretty much abolished but not hunting.


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