September 25, 2020

Connecticut Debating Sunday Hunting Bill

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There are seven states left that entirely ban Sunday hunting. They are Connecticut, Maine, Massachussets, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Jersey. Connecticut is debating a bill that would end that ban and open up hunting opportunities on Sundays.

The bill in its present form, would allow Sunday hunting by bow and arrow, on private land, with the permission of the landowner in areas where an over abundance of deer present a problem. Some lawmakers are looking to make changes to the wording of that bill to further expand opportunities.

Officials supporting this bill say that something needs to be done to better control the growth of deer in certain parts of the state where they have become a public problem. This is the main objective of the bill and it would be worded in such a way that the game commissioner could stop a Sunday hunt at anytime deer numbers have reached designated numbers.

Opponents of the bill present nothing new in their arguments. They are the animal rights groups who say that the animals should be left alone to fend for themselves. One group called the Friends of Animals say they not only oppose the Sunday hunting bill, they want all hunting stopped the other 6 days as well. President Priscilla Feral had this to say.

“We oppose any extension of hunting and, in fact, think it ought to be stopped the other six days of the week, much less throw them an extra day………. I think the rights of these animals to go about their business of living should rise above having another day to shoot them to death.”

The same lame argument used by animal rights groups and anti-hunter groups say that they don’t want to lose another day where they can freely walk in the woods without fear of being shot with a stray bullet or an errant arrow. I have always asked why hunters are in the woods day after day and never get hit with stray bullets and arrows. I go into the woods on Saturdays during hunting season in my state for walks. I simply put on some hunter orange clothing and I feel quite safe. My only concern is walking into the middle of a hunters hunt and ruining for him or her.

Robert Crook, president of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, says the opponents are overstating the possible dangers of Sunday hunting to hikers, bird watchers and others out and about.

“They walk in the woods on Saturday,” he said, “and they don’t get shot at.”

Tom Remington

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