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Sunday hunting ban is discrimination

It’s 61 degrees out there on this unseasonably warm December day.

I’m busy working around the house, and plan to get a bike ride in. I probably wouldn’t go hunting today even if I could, but it sure would be nice to have the choice.

As I wrote in my Roanoke Times column today, there is no logical, rational way to justify Virginia’s ban on Sunday hunting. Supporters of the ban try to make those arguments, but the bottom line it is an emotional issue based in misunderstanding and misperception — just like other types of discrimination.



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    December 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Is this a way of cutting policing cost or do the critters in the woods now attend church……??
    Stupid is as stupid does…..

  2. medivac

    December 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I was under the impression that hunting was a recreational sport. If it can be banned on Sunday, why isn’t baseball, football, basketball, etc. also banned ?? After all, the pro players are actually working since they are paid to play !!

    • cowgirl20

      December 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Excellent point, I’d be taking that to the courts.

    • David Campbell

      December 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm


  3. cowgirl20

    December 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I’m glad I don’t live in Virginia.

    • AmericanNotLiberalTrash

      December 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      I did for fifteen years. Couldn’t WAIT to see it in my rear-view mirror.

  4. Wally

    December 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Absolutely discriminatory.

  5. John Wolf

    December 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm



    December 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    what NO SEX ON SUNDAY either???????

  7. ItalianScallion

    December 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hey , at least we know our kids wont be shot while playing in the woods on Sundays.

    • Ernest

      December 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Yeah we read about this happening on a regular basis .Put your child in an automobile and drive to church .I hear this is safe , most accident ocure within 25 miles of home and there are more auto accidents than accidental shootings . I’d prefer my children hunt in the woods that go by car to church

  8. Rattlerjake

    December 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    The question to ask first is What was the reason for banning hunting on Sundays?, and then what group or organization pushed for the ban. Without knowing this there is no way to know how to overturn it.

    • Poodleguy

      December 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      The answer to your question of who – – the Southern Baptists & the Methodists is your answer.

      • Rattlerjake

        December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        So typical to give only half of an answer. If you know who it is then tell us why, otherwise your just blaming someone without reason.

        • Poodleguy

          December 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

          Do you have a problem understanding plain English?? I didn’t feel the need to delineate the reason since it is evident that it was what is considered the Sabbath & I stand firm as to the fact that it was the Southern Baptists & the Methodists that pushed for the so called blue laws in effect in the south as well as Pennsylvania & more, if any. “Blame” as you put it, has nothing to do with my reply, just facts. You may disagree if you wish but it doesn’t change the facts.

          • Rattlerjake

            December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

            Obviously, you’re the one who doesn’t understand. I live in the south and many of the people I hunt with and associate with are both Methodist and S. Baptist, and NONE of them agree with the ban. The sabbath has nothing to do with it, considering that these same people participate in many other sporting events that occur on Sunday. So your answer doesn’t fly.
            There are 10 states that do not allow any hunting on Sunday, with all but Virginia and North Carolina being in the Northeast (so there goes your ssouthern baptist theory!, try again, maybe catholics?): State Allows Hunting on Sunday?
            Alabama YES
            Alaska YES
            Arizona YES
            Arkansas YES
            California YES
            Colorado YES
            Connecticut NO
            Delaware NO
            District of Columbia NO (not any day of the week)
            Florida YES
            Georgia YES
            Hawaii YES
            Idaho YES
            Illinois YES
            Indiana YES
            Iowa YES
            Kansas YES
            Kentucky YES
            Louisiana YES
            Maine NO
            Maryland NO
            Massachusetts NO
            Michigan YES (in most counties)
            Minnesota YES
            Mississippi YES, (but NOT in wildlife management
            areas and some counties)
            Missouri YES
            Montana YES
            Nebraska YES
            Nevada YES
            New Hampshire YES
            New Jersey NO
            New Mexico YES
            New York YES
            North Carolina NO
            North Dakota YES
            Ohio YES
            Oklahoma YES
            Oregon YES
            Pennsylvania NO
            Rhode Island YES & NO (set by individual towns)
            South Carolina YES on private land
            South Dakota YES
            Tennessee YES
            Texas YES
            Utah YES
            Vermont YES
            Virginia NO
            Washington YES
            West Virginia YES, (But Only in Some Counties)
            Wisconsin YES
            Wyoming YES

  9. David Campbell

    December 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Christians should be obedient and smart enough to ban themselves and be in church honoring God, not a government ban to help them

    • Ernest

      December 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Not everybody is a Christian so this is a little on the descrimnatory side and Christian go fishing after Church and watch sporting events and allow their children to partissipate in other events on Sunday besides Church .

    • cowgirl20

      December 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

      There is NOTHING wrong with hunting before and after church. Our church doesn’t go from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. And besides, when I am out hunting, I feel a lot closer to God than when I’m in church. You don’t have to sit in church to honor God. I honor God all the time.

    • Poodleguy

      December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Sunday is not the Sabbath & never was thought to be so until the Emperor Constantine changed it around 400 yr AD with no biblical authority. Check out Exodus 31-32.

  10. Tank

    December 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hunting on Sunday is illegal, but smoking half a pack of cigs end to end next to a family of 5 eating breakfast inside a restaurant, choking up a lung, snorting and spitting all over the place, and drinking half gallon glasses of sweet tea with a 70/30 sugar to tea ratio is perfectly acceptable… Or is that West Virginia?? 🙂

  11. Ernest

    December 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Us in Missouri probably wouldn’t hunt at all if we Were banned on Sunday .In our case you would remove half of hunting season .

    • Poodleguy

      December 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      When I was a young boy in Illinois, we always went to my paternal grandparents farm in NE Missouri for Thanksgiving & Xmans, my father & his 2 brothers hunted quail & rabbit, but Grandma ( hard shell Southern Baptist) did not allow hunting on Sunday on the farm!!! Of course, when we returned to Illinois & the hunting season was still going on, we sure a hell hunted on any day we chose!!

  12. Kirk V. Hansen

    December 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I would remind one and all that this is based on a religious opinion. Personally I don’t believe in hunting on the Lord’s Day (Sunday); However the same argument could be made for the Saturday Sabbath. The rule should be “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience and afford all men the same privilege.”

    Whenever we force our beliefs on someone else we are caught in the trap of having other beliefs forced on us.

    Just look at the attacks being made on Christianity based on other peoples beliefs.
    Sometimes we open that door in trying to keep people on our perception of the right path.

  13. sawman62

    December 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Target shooting isn’t illegal on Sunday and I can’t help it if a deaf deer walked into my shooting lane.
    Deer don’t observe the sabbath, there should be a law forcing them to.
    Everything else goes on Sunday as far as outdoor recreartion and sports. It’s gun control pushed thru under the guise of religious observance, a rather forced observance.
    The law will not change as long as there are more hardcore bible thumpers and brainwshed idiots than hunters. Screw them, I hunt whenever the season is open, Sunday included, to stop me would prove fatal, it’s time to delare open season on idiot politicians and those that buy and pay for them.

    • cowgirl20

      December 14, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Right on.

  14. badgirlpinto

    December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

    No hunting allowed on Sundays in Penna. Even the animals need a day of rest. Get over it.

  15. Poodleguy

    December 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I have always wondered why the various states that have the Sunday blue laws picked Sunday. Sunday is the 1st day of the week & is not the Sabbath – – it is from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown & that is how Jesus the Christ observed it. No, I am neither Jewish nor 7th day Adventist, I am just an independent Christian that relies on the teaching of the Holy Christian Bible. Just doesn’t make any sense.

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