Why No Sunday Hunting In North Carolina?

Walter S. from North Carolina writes to ask about Sunday hunting. “You can hunt on Sunday in most states, but not in North Carolina. It seems that the farmers are opposed and they drive the policy. Farmers can work on Sunday, harvest crops, etc., but they oppose hunting. I don’t understand that. Is this typical in the other states that have no Sunday hunting?

Dr. Dave Samuel
Dr. Dave Samuel

Eleven states restrict hunting and in most the Farm Bureau is the problem. In my own home state of West Virginia, the Farm Bureau fought Sunday hunting so hard that we ended up with a convoluted county system, and now you can only hunt in 12 of 55 counties. Yet, in Ohio, the Farm Bureau supported Sunday hunting because the farmers wanted more deer killed to protect crops.

What I don’t understand is why a few state Farm Bureau’s lobby against Sunday hunting. If they don’t want hunters on their farm, just post it. Sunday hunting means more economic growth, more motel rooms booked, more restaurant food eaten, more jobs. I’m like you Walter, I don’t understand this at all.

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Dr. Dave writes a weekly column for sportsmansguide.com. Dr. Dave studied deer for 30 years as a wildlife management professor at West Virginia University. In addition he has been a bowhunter for over 40 years, with deer being his main prey. He’s also an outdoor writer and has been with “Bowhunter” magazine for 31 years.

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3 Responses to “Why No Sunday Hunting In North Carolina?”


    To get a better perspective IRT “No hunting allowed in North Carolina”. That question- to allow Sunday Hunting in North Carolina- yes…or no. This issue has been- down by “voters,” hunters are not the only ones who cast a vote for that issue…landowners are another. The FARM BUREAU may indeed give generious donations to the state legeslators, however there are many…a great many other organization that line the state politician’s pockets to “table” an issue, or “kill it” or “send it back to committtee”. State Politics like it’s National politics are certainly swayed by the dollars over sence in a great many instances.

    When the largest numbers of Outdoor Readers were polled and < 45% actually replied…here is what those in the outdoor community across the State of North Carolina had to say about SUNDAY HUNTING. Keep it closed…let it be a day of rest.

    This issue has already been debated in the State Legislature a few times throughout the years, and the members of the State Senate and Congressional districts, really don't wish to push that envelope too much. The watch word for those of faith is- "…remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy."

    Although, that in itself, is not necessary been the primary reason, however allowing a "day of rest" for the game -in real life sporting ethics is to give all hunting a rest on Sundays, and that is aligned to Sunday as the Lords' Day….which might be more closer to the real story, behind that story!

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  2. Zack Anthony

    Hunting is now allowed across the state on Sunday but only with archery equipment

  3. hijinx60

    Another reason for no Sunday hunting is the conservative religion in most areas of the state. I heard this discussed often when Sunday hunting was first brought up here. This is strange to me because I know pastors who look for sign and bedding areas on Sunday, but would never be caught with a gun on a Sunday hunt.