Sunday Sightseeing Sunday hunting is forbidden on all WMA lands. Sunday hunting for any game is authorized on private property across the state.
Even though most South Carolina wildlife areas are closed on Sunday, this law exists to protect the state's wildlife resources by preventing people from going onto these land areas if they are not open to the public. Hunting is a privilege, not a right, and those who choose to hunt should be able to do so without violating the laws of others or interfering with anyone's religious beliefs.
The best place to see wildlife in South Carolina is in its natural habitat. Therefore, visiting wildlife areas that are closed on Sunday will limit your opportunities to observe nature at its finest.
These areas include Bull Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Cedar Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Darlington Raceway Nature Center, Fort Hill State Park, Lake Murray State Park, Limestone Coast National Heritage Area, Marion Square Mall State Historic Site, Moncure Estate Museum & Gardens, North Inlet Waterfowl Management Area, Ravenel Bridge National Historical District, Saluda River Basin Land Trust, Seaboard Air Line Railway Museum, Shallowford Battlefield State Park, Silver Lake Wilderness Area, and Wanchese Beach Club & Inn.
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.
Not all states allow Sunday hunting. In fact, most states do not allow it. The only reason Maryland, South Carolina, and West Virginia permit it is because they provide an official day of rest for their residents. Otherwise, these states' governments would have to pay employees or use volunteers to oversee the hunting industry on Sunday. This would be difficult or impossible to do since these are all right-to-work states that have no union presence within them.
Some states may soon legalize Sunday hunting. A group called the National Coalition for Reason has started a campaign to get five states (including North Carolina) to allow Sunday hunting. If this campaign is successful, then hunting will be allowed on Sunday in those states too. However, if enough religious groups express opposition to this campaign, then it could fail.
Overall, the majority of states do not allow Sunday hunting. This shows how important this issue is to many people.
As of now, 11 states have some kind of limitation in place. Sunday hunting is prohibited in four states. Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, and Pennsylvania are among them. South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia are the only states that allow Sunday hunting on private land. All other days are available throughout the year.
In seven other states, hunting hours are limited on weekdays. In those states, Saturday and Sunday are the only two days that can be hunted. Wyoming limits the number of animals that can be killed in a day. There is no limit on the number of hunters that can be engaged in recreational hunting activities during that time. Hours of operation vary from state to state but most open between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.
In addition to these restrictions, certain areas are off-limits to hunting. These include national parks, federal wildlife refuges, and military training sites.
The remaining 50 states and the District of Columbia allow anyone to hunt anytime they want. No license is required and no permit needed for big game or waterfowl hunting.
All across America, people enjoy hunting seasonally dressed up in their best clothes going out into the wilderness to take advantage of all nature has to offer. It is an activity that brings together friends and families who might not otherwise meet. To many people it is a way of life.
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 pursue big game on Sunday with proper licenses and regulations, just like any other day of the week.
The new law allows hunters to use firearms, bows, and crossbows to take part in dove, quail, pheasant, turkey, and wild hog hunts. However, it does not allow them to use traps or nets. Violators will be subject to fines up to $10,000 and one year in prison.
It is recommended that you check local laws before heading out to ensure that you are not breaking any ordinances.
Sunday hunting is now permissible in Virginia, with a few limits. Until July 1, Sunday hunting had never even crossed our minds... But if you're going to violate the Sabbath, might as well do so with style and sophistication! The general rule is that no work is done on Sunday. So whether you're working in a factory, taking out the trash, or shooting birds, you can't do it on Sunday. However, the Virginia General Assembly recently passed legislation allowing hunters to take part in recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, and running on Sunday without violating church or synagogue rules as long as they don't use their services for worship purposes.
People used to think Saturday was the only day you could hunt because it's the only day most animals are at home watching television or hanging out with their friends. But since Virginia legalized Sunday hunting, people have been asking "What about Sunday fishing?" Well, under federal law, Sunday is officially a holiday, so you can't go fishing on Sunday. But since Virginia has decided to allow Sunday hunting, folks have been wondering if there are any laws against hunting on Sunday. Technically, yes, there are some areas of Virginia where hunting is prohibited on Sunday but those areas aren't enforced very often.