Clark Hollow Ramblings: Hunting on Sunday

The question of hunting on Sunday has been around for a long time. I believe it is time to remove the state prohibition against hunting on Sunday. If that comes about, a lot of people like me won’t be doing much hunting on Sundays. I have an early Sunday morning appointment that I like to keep with those people who believe the same things I do. And, besides, I am retired and can hunt any day of the week.

But that is not the case with most working people. The majority of the hunters that I know have to work five days a week. Some of them have to work six days a week. Opening up Sundays to hunting makes a lot of sense to me.

We have too many deer. We see them scattered on the sides of the road as a result of too many dangerous and costly deer/car collisions. We hear stories all the time from home owners about the deer eating all their flowers and vegetables. And the authorities continue to issue deer management and deer kill permits.

The proposal is only for private land. So, if you are a landowner and don’t want people hunting on Sunday, you have but to tell those who have permission to hunt on your property that they can’t hunt on Sunday. Of course, if you are looking to hide behind a state law because you don’t want to tell them that, you really have other problems that ought to be addressed.

I was very disappointed to learn that the Virginia Farm Bureau has come out against Sunday hunting. As Bill Fletcher wrote, it tells you just how out of touch they are. The additional revenue generated by Sunday hunting is nothing to sneeze at. We all want to see revenue enhancement without raising individual taxes and tax rates. Here is an opportunity to do that.

Virginia is only one of six states that do not allow hunting on Sunday. Why do we always have to be the cow’s tail when it comes to moving forward? Does anybody remember blue laws?

The last I heard, Senate Bill 464, which removes the prohibition against Sunday hunting from the state statute books, had passed the Senate and was sent to the House of Delegates. Our representatives need to be reminded why we sent them there. Call them or email them or write an old-fashioned letter.

Most of you know, I don’t advocate for a lot in this column, but this is a no-brainer. It is time for our representatives in Richmond to strike a blow for the working man. Hunting on Sundays should not be prohibited on private property.

Richard Brady
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Richard Brady was born and raised within sight of Rappahannock Peak, as was his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, etc. He graduated from George Mason University and was employed for 35 years with various agencies of the federal government. He retired in 2001, and he and his wife, Linda, live in Flint Hill, Va.