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No Hunting On Sunday Laws

What do you guys think about these laws? Why are they in place and what purpose do they serve? Anybody have a list on hand of the states that have these?

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It is primarily an east coast

It is primarily an east coast thing, and I am not sure about it's origins.  I know that some places, like Conn., can trace it's "No Sunday hunting" roots back to colonial times.  As for a list, here is what the NRA has.

http://www.nraila.org/issues/factsheets/read.aspx?id=174&issue=021

 

 

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Yeah, definitely an East

Yeah, definitely an East Coast thing.  When i moved to Kansas from the east coast I was amazed that you could hunt on Sunday here.  I do remember when just about all stores were required to be closed on Sunday - blue laws I believe they were called. 

I think the basis for the closing was religous - Sunday is a day of rest and worship.  I can't undertand, with how upset people get with the government and religion that these laws still exist.  There is absolutely no secular reason to not allow hunting on Sunday.  And with people's busy schedules these days, the weekend is often the only time they can hunt.

On a different topic, but somewhat related, i understand you can't hunt pheasant in SD until noon.  Anyone know why?

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Huh, never heard of that with

Huh, never heard of that with pheasant.  They do it with turkeys in some places, cause they don't want guys shooting them out of trees after they've gone to roost.  Not sure why they would do that with pheasants though.  Be interesting to find out if any other state does that.

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Ca, I think it was you that

Ca, I think it was you that said Google is your friend.  Isn't Google great.  I start to surmise about the SD law and decided to Google it.  Here is what I found.  Rather interesting.

During the first week of the South Dakota pheasant hunting season, the scheduled daily start time is always at 12 noon central time. This start time was developed by the South Dakota game, fish, and parks department, and has caused some out-of-state pheasant hunters to ask why and who this has come to be.

The South Dakota pheasant hunting season started at 12 noon many years back. South Dakota locals have a variety of reasons, or theories to why this is. It has been said that many years ago, when a law was decided over a cup of coffee, a landowner said that he had wanted to go pheasant hunting with his family, however he would need time in the mornings to get his daily chores done, and take care of his families livelihood. Others say, that early morning start times for the South Dakota pheasant hunting season would constitute an unfair advantage for the pheasant hunter, as these pheasants would be near the road ditches collecting gravel, thus resulting in a slaughter of the pheasants. Local game wardens state that with the great numbers of pheasants in SD, early morning start times are not necessary to harvest limits on a daily basis, therefore starting later in the morning or at 12 noon will give the pheasants the time they need to seek cover before the pheasant hunting is allowed. Either way, it has worked very well, it is not only the law, it does give the wily ring neck pheasant that slight edge over the pheasant hunter. Some say with all the intelligence and craftiness the South Dakota pheasants possess, he certainly does not need any help hiding or running away from pursing pheasant hunters.

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I figured that it was an east

I figured that it was an east coast thing as us rugged individualists out here in the west would not stand for such a thing ha. I can not figure out why the people in those states do not try and do something about that though. It seems like it wouldn't be that hard to get enough support to change that. Or are these people satisfied with those laws. I thought we would see some guys on here that were pretty mad about the whole situation. I can not imagine if the government told me that I couldn't hunt on a specific day of the week. Especially during the weekend. Most people work 40 hours during the week and then want to get off and enjoy their passions. These laws hinder thier ability to do that considerably. That is rediculous!

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hawkeye, you're right, it is

hawkeye, you're right, it is ridiculous.  People have tried to change the laws, but change is not always easy and candidly, probably until the advent of the internet people on the east coast probably didn't know that other states allowed Sunday hunting.  You grow up with it and just accept it not knowing any different.  I was pleasantly surprised when I moved to Kansas to find out I could hunt on Sunday.  Just didn't realize any different when I was on the east coast.

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