"Blue Laws" - Sunday Hunting Ban Under Fire?

(Cross Posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog )

From the Charlotte Observer

Dain Palmer, human dimension biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, says the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate hunting on Sundays, and that the commission was instructed to conduct the study.

North Carolina is one of just nine states which now prohibit Sunday hunting. The law dates back to 1869 as part of the “blue laws” regarding religious observance. Some other blue laws included banning the sale of pots, pans, and other household items (which were on the books in Texas until 1985) and...the weekend!
Wikepedia says:

Many unusual features of American culture — such as the fact that one can buy groceries, office supplies, and housewares from a drug store — are the result of blue laws, as drug stores were generally allowed to remain open on Sunday to accommodate emergency medical needs. The ubiquitous "weekend" is also a result of blue laws, although it is practiced nearly worldwide, except in some Islamic countries who have their weekend on Thursday and Friday.

I don’t hunt too much, so I don’t really have a stake in this one. What do y’all think?


My thoughts

are here. I can't think of a good reason to ban hunting on Sunday that wouldn't apply with equal force to other days of the week.

living adjacent to hunting lands

I have to say it's nice to know there's one day a week that I (or my pets) wouldn't get shot.

Also, having worked retail, it was nice to know there was one day a week that a body could count on having a day off.

HOWEVER, I see no reason to pick one person's religious day over another's but that's the crux of the matter, isn't it? Whose holy day is considered the "real" one. And whose is not.

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.