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    BowHunting on Sundays in Massachusetts

    If this happens I think it will be awesome especially for the guys and gals that work 6 days a week and can only get out once in a while!!
    House takes step toward Sunday hunting!!!!



    The Lowell Sun
    UPDATED: 05/27/2014 06:22:12 PM EDT0 COMMENTS

    By Matt Murphy

    State House News Service

    BOSTON -- Rooted in the Puritanical blue laws that once governed Massachusetts, that state's ban on Sunday hunting could be headed for the historical archives.

    House Democrats are poised to bring forward legislation this week that would take a baby-step toward lifting the Sunday hunting prohibition by allowing the use of bow and arrows to hunt deer on Sundays during the last three months of year, which is deer-hunting season.

    The bill, originally sponsored by Rep. William Straus, D-Mattapoisett and Rep. Paul Frost, R-Auburn, was given an initial vote of approval on Tuesday in anticipation of being considered Wednesday when the full House meets.

    The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opposes the bill on the grounds residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors on one day during the weekend without worrying about hunters.

    "With the number of Massachusetts' citizens interested in wildlife-watching being so prevalent and with so few hunters, it is patently unfair to deny Massachusetts citizens access to areas where they may enjoy wildlife-watching activities one day a week, without being concerned about potential conflicts with hunters," the organization wrote on its website.

    The MSPCA cites a 2007 survey done by Pacific Market Research that found 86 percent of residents would prefer to keep the ban.

    Massachusetts is one of about 11 states that still have hunting restrictions on Sundays, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all of which were among the original 13 colonies or their territories.

    A group called the Sunday Hunting Coalition has been pushing for repeal of these laws, and in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill in March to allow hunting on Sundays on private land and public waters. The Connecticut House also passed legislation earlier this month to allow Sunday deer hunting with bow and arrows in designated "deer management zones."

    The Sunday Hunting Coalition is made up of a number of organizations, including the National Rifle Association, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and Bass Pro Shops.



    The group estimates that legalizing Sunday hunting in Massachusetts could lead to the direct and indirect creation of more than 500 new jobs and $51 million in economic activity by keeping hunters from traveling to neighboring states like New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire where Sunday hunting is legal.






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    never thought I would see the day sunday would be possible

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    Please get this done... I'm one of those that misses out on a lot of hunting because days off from work is about impossible and Saturdays always seem to happen during hunting season.

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    1 extra day of hunting will not create 500 jobs at all. I like the no Sunday hunting personally. With that said, I take days off and hunt during the week. No way am I venturing out on public land on the weekends around here.

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    I wonder how much money the "wildlife watchers" the group opposing this bill contributes to land conservation. Hunting and fishing licenses contribute around 1.5 million annually.. I know a lot of people that aren't fortunate enough to be able to take days off during the week to hunt so the sunday bowhunting will be great. Hope to see this pass.
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    This is fantastic news. Hopefully, this completes it's path thru the legislature and is enacted by October of this year.
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    Has there been any news if this passed or did it get swept under the carpet till next session.
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    oh well boys maybe next year the bill died on the house floor never made it to vote

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    It is my understanding that the House passed the bill and it is now waiting for Senate approval and then some ink from the Governor. Probably not happening this season.

    I tried to dig up info on when the Senate might hold hearings but reached a dead end.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...kcK/story.html
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    I have a feeling the senate is going to hold off on approval till election season is done.

    One thing that did get passed in regards to hunting is we'll have a youth deer hunting day. 2015 season will have a one day youth only deer hunt.
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    No hunting on Sundays? That's crazy...... The state should have no right to keep you from doing what you want on public land regardless of what day of the week it is.

    I don't know how you guys put up with living back east. Not all states back east I guess but the vast majority of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryno785 View Post
    No hunting on Sundays? That's crazy...... The state should have no right to keep you from doing what you want on public land regardless of what day of the week it is.

    I don't know how you guys put up with living back east. Not all states back east I guess but the vast majority of them.
    I don't know the origin of the "Blue Laws".....but they SUCK! Massachusetts and a few other states still have them and they are all senseless to me.

    Lucky for me it only takes me 20 minutes to get to NH, so I buy the archery tag and hunt there on Sundays.

    The season starts September 15th and I get plenty of time to hunt the early season although it's no easy to see many deer there.
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    The "Blue Laws" were formed back during the Purtian times. Thus why so many things like hunting were limited to Monday-Saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Trout View Post
    I don't know the origin of the "Blue Laws".....but they SUCK! Massachusetts and a few other states still have them and they are all senseless to me.

    Lucky for me it only takes me 20 minutes to get to NH, so I buy the archery tag and hunt there on Sundays.

    The season starts September 15th and I get plenty of time to hunt the early season although it's no easy to see many deer there.
    Pretty ridiculous.

    I was just in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for work 2 weeks ago. I had to drive all the way up to Alton Bay, NH from Greenfield, MA. I must say that New Hampshire is a pretty cool place. I wanted to drive up to the White Mountains and do some exploring but I didn't end up having time. I was also hoping to see a moose but that didn't happen either. lol

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    Not a bad drive.....pretty scenic.

    From what I've read, the NH moose population has taken a hit the last couple of years due to ticks and warmer than usual winter weather.
    The state reduced moose permits considerably this year.
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