Sunday Hunting: NC's newest tradition
February 09, 2009 at 12:13pm
Solutions to NO Sunday Hunting Arguments
There have been various arguments offered in support of maintaining the Ban on No Sunday Hunting in North Carolina. I wish to supply counter arguments to repeal the Ban.
Argument: If Sunday hunting were allowed, fathers/mothers would spend less time with their families. I.E. Deer season widows.
1) The state has no place in dictating ďfamily timeĒ. This is a personal issue.
2) This Ban does not forbid: Golf, Fishing, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, or any other ďpast-timeĒ that could take place on Sunday, thus taking a family member away from ďfamily timeĒ.
3. The two have NOTHING to do with one another. Church is where you make it. In the woods, I am in His wonderland. No one can even begin to tell me where I need to be on any day of the week. To each our own. Religion is not the deciding factor here.
4.) Many parents would spend more time with their children teaching them their values and getting out into nature instead of sitting in front of TVís and computer games.
Argument: I want to go to church on Sunday. Sunday is a day of rest.
1) Repeal of this Ban would not keep anyone from attending church.
2) The state has no place enforcing/supporting the doctrine of any religion
3) Asking for a day of rest on Sunday is religious based ďAnd on the Seventh day he restedĒ
4) This is a violation of the North Carolina Constitution
Argument: Church services would be disturbed or attendance would go down.
1) People attend church on Wednesdays (a legal hunting day) and there has been no conflict.
2) 43 other states that allow Sunday hunting have not encountered this problem.
3) Religions other than Christianity, which have services on Fridays and Saturdays (legal hunting days), have not encountered this problem.
4) The state has no place ensuring church attendance.
5) There are currently no restrictions on operating a firearm on Sunday
6) This is a violation of the North Carolina Constitution
Argument: Farmers and landowners would be forced to allow Sunday hunting on private property.
1) Farmers or landowners can dictate what activities are allowed to be conducted on their property. They simply can write ďNo Sunday HuntingĒ into their permission contracts if they so wish. It is law that hunters must carry written permission to hunt private land already.
2) Sunday hunting would force no one to participate in any activity. Private property would still be private.
Argument: It has always been this way.
1) Tradition is not a valid reason for denying a liberty or privilege.
2) It is one, if not the last, of the Blue Laws on the books.
3) Many other traditions have been declared in violation of the constitution and no longer exist.
Argument: Deer need a day to rest from the pressure of hunting.
1) There is no valid evidence from other states that allow Sunday hunting, that the deer are ďover-pressuredĒ.
2) Deer are unaware of the days of the week. So they do not Ďknowí that this day is Ďsaferí than any other.
3) Many hunters go out on Sunday to scout, check their stands, cameras and/or feeders. The deer are not aware that the hunters are unarmed.
4) Although there is no study to site of the effects of Sunday hunting in North Carolina except from the Federal Marine Base , conclusions can be drawn from the data in other states.
5) There is light pressure from hunting during the week because many, if not most, hunters work during the week.
6) Other uses of the deer hunting areas (these multi use areas for hiking, bird watching, bicycling) would also disturb the wildlife in these areas of public use. They also do more damage than hunting does.
Argument: There will be an over-harvest of deer.
1) Although there is no study to refer to for the effects of Sunday hunting already in limited practice in North Carolina, conclusions can be drawn from the data in other states. There has not been a negative effect on the deer herd in these states.
2) Bag limits would still be adjusted by NCWRC as they are currently.
3) Few North Carolina hunters fill all of their tags. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission set the limit of deer per season. An increase in harvest should not drastically effect the herd population based on the present limit.
Argument: We donít have the money to pay for extra Wardens.
1) Wardens are working on Sundays already. As a whole, they do not get Sundays off any time of the year.
2) We have, in place now, a phone check-in service. There would not be an increased workload since Sunday check-in is already available.
3) Increase in license sales and taxes could provide needed money for Conservation iissues
Argument: I want to walk in the woods on Sunday.
1) If you own your property, do not allow Sunday hunting. If you donít they how can you dictate the use of private property that you donít own.
2) There is large No Hunting areas in State Parks. Private property use should not be dictated to by the state.
3) Sunday hunting in no way prevents other use of our natural resources.
4) Hunting usually takes place from September to January which is the coldest time of the year in North Carolina. This would only apply to a small number of individuals who have many places to walk supported by funding from hunting.
Argument: What good will it do?
1) Opening Sunday for hunting would allow Ďworkingí hunters more opportunities to take game. Especially if Saturday is affected by inclement weather or family obligations take precedent.
2) Allowing Sunday hunting would increase the chances of hunters to supply more meat for their families, thus saving them money by extending their food budgets.
3) There would be more use of expendable goods: gasoline, food, restaurants, and hunting supplies.
4) There would be increased income to Hunting Preserves and Guides.
5) There would be an increase in out-of-state hunters. This would provide increased income to local economies (Preserves, guides, hotels, gasoline, and restaurants) as well as to the NCWRC by way of an increased number of out-of-state licenses.
6) Increased income for game processors.
7) Opening Sunday to hunting will allow children who have Saturday school or extracurricular activities (football, soccer, and clubs) to hunt. They would not have to choose between the two.
8) Opening Sunday to hunting would allow hunters more time to enjoy participating in a way of life that many hold dear.
In the end the No Sunday Hunting regulation is an archaic and costly regulation. It prevents families from spending time together in pursuit of a sport they enjoy, limits income provided by hunters and sets up rules decided for religious reasons. Many current laws are passed using the reason that many other states do it so why donít we. The next time a legislature says this ask them ď43 other states allow Sunday hunting so why donít we.Ē
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