So apparently there is a bill, S. 802, that will allow limited bow hunting on Sundays in New Jersey. The added day would add a total of 13 extra days to the season and would only be allowed on private property and state Wildlife Management Areas. There are several valid and persuasive arguments on both sides of this issue. On the pro-Sunday side, it is argued that the extra days will provide more money to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, that the extra day will attract more people to the sport because of the extra weekend day, and that the extra days will help control over-population of deer.( AmmoLand.com) However, on the other side of the issue is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Their two major arguments are that there is no reason to lift the Sunday ban. It has been in place since colonial times, so why change it now? Also, they argue that people who enjoy other outdoor sports look forward to Sundays as a “safe” day to go into the woods. (HSUS)
So, what do I think of all this. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, I would have to agree with both sides. I have hunted since i was old enough to get a license. I’ve never had an issue with not being able to hunt on Sundays. Of course there were scheduling conflicts, but I still had an adequate amount of time to hunt. However, now that I am beginning to work more while also attending school, it is becoming more of a problem. There are many weeks where Saturday is the only day that I am able to hunt. In the same sense though, I enjoy other activities that involve going into the woods (paintball, geocaching, etc). I look forward to Sundays as the one day of the week that, during hunting season, I can venture into the woods without worrying if I might get shot at. Even though the issue is bow hunting, which is less dangerous than firearms hunting, it may set a precedence that will allow firearms hunting on Sundays, which with I would have to disagree. I think that a fair compromise between both sides would be to only allow bow hunting on Sundays on private property. That would allow some hunters to hunt on Sundays while keeping the Wildlife Management Areas safe for other types of outdoor activities.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments or the poll.