A Question for Our Readers: Sunday Hunting

North Carolina is one of a few states that still limit or prohibit hunting on Sundays. The NRA's North Carolina lobbyist resigned on Valentine's Day because he didn't want to be a part of changing a law aimed at keeping the Lord's sabbath holy. (I have to wonder: has this guy never played golf on a Sunday?)

Anyway, here's the question: is there a good reason for a state (such as, say, North Carolina) to restrict hunting on Sunday that doesn't also apply to the other six days of the week?



The reasons given about the sabath are crap since we are not in a theocracy.

If the reason is to give game a day of rest, then possibly.

But then: Tuesday?

I can understand a decision based on research to limit hunting to fewer than seven days a week, but then wouldn't it make sense to choose a day that hunter's wouldnt miss so much? Or maybe trade Tuesday and Thursday for Sunday. After all, everybody's working for the weekend.

PA had this same rule

No hunting on Sundays. There once was a time when nothing was done on Sunday's. Where I lived, even though folks weren't overly religious, it was still observed until I was a kid. You had better have gotten your milk and eggs on Saturday because you wouldn't be getting them on Sunday.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

You mean to say....!?

Even the chickens and cows obeyed the blue laws!?

Everyone but Mom

Who else prepared the huge midday meal and cleaned up afterward?

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I can't think of one snappy comeback.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


I remember those days and that generation. I don't ever remember my mother or grandmother complaining, though. That's just how life was back then.

back to the hunting....my brother loves to hunt and is too busy during the week to take time off. Lance is right - if it's a matter of controlling the number of days, then hold off hunting on some weekdays. If it's a matter of keeping the Sabbath sacred, then there are a lot of other things we need to curtail on Sundays before we limit hunting - NASCAR, professional sports, golf, all other businesses open on Sundays, etc. Hunters must be the last group in North Carolina now required by law to observe the Sabbath by limiting their activity of choice.

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you mean hunting Cheney style?

I can't think of a single reason to not hunt on Sunday if you hunting on that day for the same reasons you hunt any other day. That is you hunt for the passion AND you eat your kill. If all you do is hunt to kill, stuff your trophy and hang it on a wall you shouldn't be hunting any day of the week and I hope some other hunter peppers you with buckshot while you are out there. As for Cheney style canned hunts well I can't really say what I feel here or the secret service may come and confiscate my computer.

Unaware but like it

I somehow missed this restriction, does it apply to all hunting seasons and methods? I like it though, now that I know, because it means it is safe[r] to hike in the woods on Sunday during hunting season. This is perhaps the only blue law to have an accidental benefit.

Sunday Hunting

Banning hunting on Sunday discriminates against those of other faiths. The ACLU fought this issue in West Virginia and won.

The ban on Sunday Hunting treats hunters as second class citizens. The state allows alcohol to be sold and consumed on Sunday, allows NASCAR and other tracks to hold races on Sundays, allows fishing on Sunday, allow atv riding, but due to pressure from the radical religious right, will not allow hunting on Sunday.

A person, according to the National Safety Council, has a .001 out of 100,000 chance of being struck by an errant arrow or bullet in the woods.