All Sundays are now open under the new law. It's tough to foresee a law curtailing our ability to hunt on Sunday in Tennessee or nearby states. Most blue laws have since been abolished, with the exception of limits on Sunday alcohol sales and a prohibition on Sunday hunting in those ten states.
In fact, research has shown that allowing hunting on Sunday is an effective way to control animal populations without relying on harmful practices such as trapping or poisoning. The study also concluded that there was no evidence of people going out of their way to hunt on Sunday to violate the law.
So, yes, you can still hunt in Tennessee on Sunday if you want to. All you need is a license and a place to go hunting.
Sunday bow hunting on private property has been authorized since 2010. Sunday firearms hunting has been prohibited since the late 1800s, as part of a series of "Blue Laws" enacted to uphold religious norms. North Carolina is one of 11 states that still prohibits Sabbath hunting on public lands.
However, it is legal to fish in North Carolina on Sunday if you have a license and are not within the borders of a city or town. Anglers should be aware that most cities limit the number of fishing days per week; sometimes this is included in the law books as a "catch-and-release only" rule, so there is no need to worry about catch-and-kill practices being allowed on Sunday.
The best times to go fishing are usually early in the morning before people wake up and around sunset when the heat is off. The water will be warmer then, and there's less chance of having problems with snakes or other predators. However, any time is a good time, if you're able to go fishing!
There are lots of different ways to enjoy fishing from simple pole and line fishing to catching bass with a boat or fly fishing. If you want to try something new, check out these other activities: surfing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding (SUPing), windsurfing, kitesurfing, and parasailing.
Sunday hunting has been outlawed by state law since 1868. The Outdoor Heritage Act of 2015, however, was approved in 2015, lifting the outright restriction on hunting with weapons on Sunday in North Carolina. It allows hunters to use bows and arrows, crossbows, firearms, and trappers to capture or kill wildlife on this day.
The law is being challenged by groups that believe that it violates their religious beliefs. They argue that by prohibiting them from hunting on Sunday, the state has violated their rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
There have been attempts over the years to allow hunting on Sunday, usually led by groups of Christians who want to show their support for gun rights. The main argument against allowing hunting on Sunday is risk of injury or death to humans or animals. Also considered is the impact that waiting until Monday to hunt would have on the price of game meat and habitat loss due to animal depletion.
It's a controversial issue in North Carolina. In 2000, then-Governor Jim Hunt signed into law a bill that allowed hunting on Sunday. This came after several years of efforts by groups like the North Carolina Rifle Association and Christian pastors to get legislation passed. But the law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge who said that banning all forms of sports activity on Sunday violated the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.
Maryland permits hunting on private property on two Sundays during deer season; South Carolina allows Sunday hunting on private land alone; and West Virginia allows Sunday hunting on private land, although each county can organize a vote to outlaw Sunday hunting.
No state allows Sunday hunting on public land. However, federal law allows any one of us to go out on a Sunday and hunt if we want to. So long as you are not interfering with another person's religious beliefs or activities, then you have the right to go out on Sunday and hunt.
The only way this could change is if Congress passed a law banning Sunday hunting. Until then, you can go out tomorrow and shoot something.
The new rule enables hunting on three Sundays: one during rifle deer season, one during archery deer season, and one that the game commission will choose. Previously, Sunday was considered a holiday for hunters, so it was not possible to hunt then.
In addition to the three regular Sundays, residents are also allowed to hunt on Saturday if another person is going to be hunting with them and both agree to do so. If only one person agrees to go hunting on Saturday, that person may do so but they would have to use an alternative day to avoid competing with other hunters for big game animals.
The rule was passed in order to provide more equitable treatment to rural and urban residents who have different work schedules but want to enjoy the sport of hunting together. Before the rule change, people living in rural areas had no way to participate in big game hunting because there were just too many Sundays in the year when people could go hunting. Now that some form of balance has been restored, we hope that more people will take advantage of this opportunity to get out into the field with their friends and family.
Big game seasons in Pennsylvania open on tags issued by the game commission. The only requirement for being eligible to purchase a license is being at least 18 years old.
In Kentucky, Sunday hunting is permitted. The only area of the state where it is not allowed is around churches and other places of worship.
The law allows hunters to use firearms or bows & arrows on their land during daylight hours. However, since most farmers and ranchers want to plant crops and tend to livestock, we would recommend contacting your local game warden to make sure there are no restrictions before going out hunting on Sunday.
If you shoot something while out hunting on Sunday, you will need to report it to your local game warden. They will issue you with a license if the animal was wounded while being hunted illegally.
Illegal hunting can lead to charges of criminal trespassing. If you are found on someone's property without permission, they have the right to ask you to leave. If they do so peacefully, then there should be no problems. However, if they use force to get you off their land, this could lead to charges of assault.
Hunting on Sunday is legal in Kentucky. Game wardens can issue licenses for illegal animals. Charges may also be issued for criminal trespass if someone is injured while being hunted illegally.