Oppose Sunday Hunting in North Carolina?
2015 Legislative Session: Sunday hunting can be an issue. Rep. Jimmy Dixon has scheduled a "Stakeholders Meeting" on this and other issues for March 9, 2015.
July 10, 2010 Update: The NC General Assembly adjourned without acting on bills filed to defeat the NC WRC actions to allow Sunday hunting. Not happy? Talk to the candidates for the NC Senate and NC House of Representatives and find out how they stand on this issue.
September 2009 Update:
WRC Chairman Steve Windham features Sunday Hunting in his "Ask Anything"
article for WRAL. He made Sunday Hunting the first issue he addressed, and we take this gesture as a clear signal of his support of Sunday Hunting. Watch out
Senate Bill #7 "Allow Sunday Hunting" died with crossover early in 2009. But,
there will be bills filed in 2010.
- In a poll commissioned by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission released in November 2006, 65 percent of the general population opposes legalizing hunting on Sunday. Only 25 percent of the general population supported Sunday hunting.
- Sunday is presently the only day of the week many outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy many other recreational activities without fear of being shot. Many persons and families pursue picnicking, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, climbing & biking activities on Sundays, knowing they are safe from rifle fire and arrows from bow hunters. Sunday hunting compromises this safe enjoyment of many outdoor recreational activities.
While people need a rest on Sundays, so do the animals. One day per week allows the animal resources to rest.
The current ban protects rural churches from disruptions that would be caused by Sunday hunting. Many rural churches have services that begin early in the morning and continue well into the afternoon.
- Sunday hunting is not family-friendly. The current ban encourages hunters to spend Sunday at home with their families, while a change would entice hunters to be away from their families the entire weekend. Many wives have stated they are against Sunday hunting.
According to comments by Wildlife Resources Commission officers in other contexts, Sunday hunting would strain existing resources by further stretching or requiring additional personnel to enforce hunting regulations on another day of the week. There has been no increase in the number of enforcement officers since 1974.
The 2009 Sunday hunting proposals (H25, H26, and H27) may seem small and insignificant. Do not be fooled. These proposals are “the camel’s nose under the tent.” If some hunting is allowed, very quickly the Commissioners will say we should allow every type of hunting on Sunday “to be fair”.
The push for Sunday hunting in the face of opposition by the majority of North Carolinians is another example of the arrogance and pride of the appointed Wildlife Resources Commissioners, or at least some of them. The Commissioners who are pushing Sunday hunting seem to have no regard for the Sabbath, the Ten Commandments, and the wisdom of allowing man and beast to rest one day per week.