Countertop has been following this issue doggedly
, and has just found an old article in the Roanoke Times on the subject
. I direct your attention there for one of the best rebuttals to the anti-Sunday hunting arguments yet written.
The commenter on that blog has it right-- "The state has no place enforcing/supporting the doctrine of any religion." Amen on that.
He has it right on several other counts as well. For me, opening up Sundays to hunting would vastly increase my available hunting days. In a given month I have about four days on which to hunt, that is, the four Saturdays. Knock off one for reserve duty. Knock off another because there's no @#$%ing way I'll be allowed to spend all three remaining days out in the field! So that leaves two days each month, at the most, for me to help support this time-honored pastime and do my part for conservation in Virginia.
I'm a church-going man myself, and I understand the arguments about keeping the Sabbath. However, I'd like to echo what the guy in the Roanoke Times
said-- The state has no business enforcing religious doctine or bolstering church attendance. Allowing hunting on Sunday doesn't force you to forego church.
And finally, he has an excellent point on the Sunday hunting ban as a tool to restrict the accession of new hunters. All hunters should recognize the importance of that immediately.
As a compromise, I'd support a law that allows Sunday hunting only after 1200 on public lands, or starts out with lifting the ban for private land only.
If you agree with us, go sign the petition
, and let your state legislators know too.