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?
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.