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greatamericanhuntingstore wrote:
What is wrong giving the animals a day of rest? I to like to hunt as much as the rest but I was raised to have a place that you do not hunt so the animals can go and rest. If you do this you will have animals to hunt.

I know aalot of people only has weekends to hunt but. We need to think of the animals once in a while so our childrean has them around also.

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This is fuzzy logic at best. Game animal populations are doing very well in areas that have Sunday hunting. Where is the data to suggest that not hunting on Sundays improves animal population? I

If there are lost hunting opportunities for your children it will have nothing to do with Sunday hunting.

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I've heard the "animal day of rest" argument before, and I don't buy it. As has been said, I don't think there's any data to suggest a day off reduces pressure on wildlife populations, other than by reducing the number of huntable days. The animals we hunt don't even have opposable thumbs, much less calendars. I don't think deer wake up on Sunday morning and say to themeselves, "Thank goodness it's Sunday; now I can stop thinking about survival and get all that work done around the house." This is about hunters, not animals.

If you study the number of hunters in the woods on weekends vs during the week, I'll wager you'll see a huge difference -- especially before 5 PM. Everybody gets a weekend, but not everybody takes time off work. So as far as I'm concerned, the animals get their relief from heavy hunting during the week.

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Expatriate - agree with you on the points that animals don't know its Sunday and that they get days off during the week when hunters can't hunt due to work.

The only thing I'll add is I question if they really get a day off when no hunting is allowed on Sunday - man is not the only predator chasing them so they really can't just let their guard down.

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expatriate wrote:
I don't think deer wake up on Sunday morning and say to themeselves, "Thank goodness it's Sunday; now I can stop thinking about survival and get all that work done around the house."

I just found way too much humor in this. The fellas at work and my family all thought it was pretty funny too. Thanks for the Bambi-ism. It was great!

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OK Lets have hunting season all year long. The predators do so why not us. This is the thought pattern some of you have. I have no problem with this IO come from PA were we have 72+ days of doe season. They are almost wiped out on the state land know. So let’s give everyone more time to hunt. For the statement that why not Monday or Tuesday be off. Why does your employer give you off on Monday and leave you work on Sunday?

We are the main predator. We have to act like it. You all know the animals if not pushed will relaxes. Pa and the east is not like Alaska were we have more hunters per square mile than they do so it is way different if you calculate this I am sure it will blow your mine the difference.

If you push an animal too much he will try to find safe place were he is not being pushed. Talks to the experts hunt were the pressure is not that great.

The thing is Sunday hunting is a real topic that one area can not be compared to another area of the US. As I said before if you hunt in an area hard all the time the animals will move to another area. Hunt waterfowl sometime. You do not see the duck hunter hunt the same spot 7 days a week for the whole season.

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For the record, I've hunted big game all over the country -- from the Deep South to the Midwest to the Rockies to...yes, Alaska. Either sex season in Minnesota used to be three days long -- I know about hunting pressure.

I wouldn't be so quick to generalize about Alaska, either. Yes, there is enormous amounts of real estate. But you have to get to it. Hunting pressure in Alaska directly relates to your access to ATVs, a boat, or an airplane, in that order. If not, the limited road system concentrates hunters just as badly as the Lower 48. Even then, there's no guarantee. I did a fly-in brown bear hunt this fall. We were only working about 3/4 of a mile of river, and found two bear carcasses a guide had left, ran into two hunters, and listened to duck hunters blasting away down river. There are areas up here where hunting can be a full-contact sport during caribou season and you can't find a place to put up a tent.

The year-round hunting analogy is pretty extreme. There's a huge difference between 1 day off out of 7 vs weeks or months of downtime. Animals note trends over long periods of time -- they don't check the survival climate on a daily basis. In fact, given that people typically get weekends off of work, I'd wager that if you opened up Sunday, the pressure would drop on Saturday because the weekend hunters wouldn't be as concentrated.

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