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sunday hunting again

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posted this on another forum. basically i think we are going after subday hunting the wrong way. the onlytime i have made any head way with some one against it was after i asked him how he would feel if he couldnt ride his sled on sunday. after all, since his excuse was hunting disturbs the peace of a sunday afternoon, i assured him that i make a hell of a lot less noise walking thru the woods with my bow than he does on his sled. take it further, many people who dont hunt just flat out say we dont NEED to hunt on sunday, we have 6 other days. well, you dont NEED to fish on sunday, you dont NEED to look at birds on sunday, you dont NEED to hike on sunday........i have gotten a little ways with folks that have never looked at that way b4. i am only one person but if we all tried that approach who knows, we cant do any worse than we are now.
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I think it's a matter of people just don't want us hunting - period but, you are absolutely right. Eduation, facts, reasoning, etc. will go much further toward an end, that yelling, fighting, name calling, etc.
Cobbett, your such a...a....a....a school teacher. You crack me up sometimes. Listen, Sunday hunting is always a sore subject for a wide variety of reasons. I'm not against it that's for sure BUT and aren't there always buts.

Religious reasons are religious reasons.....personal and probably should be left that way. While it plays a role in our decision making and for some it's heritage but today, it's not a great tool for arguing for or against Sunday hunting.

My biggest concern is not whether or not Cobbett gets another game tag but the lobby of the Maine property owner. We need them. They are our bread and butter. We can't piss em off. If we do, well, you know the outcome.

If you believe surveys and polls, Maine landowners are against Sunday hunting. Until that changes, I'm backing off this.

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, under the direction of George Smith, has continued their insistence on pushing legislation to open Sunday hunting. Many feel we should back off and work with Fish and Game to get a better landowner/sportsman relations going.

That's just my take. I respect any and all religious perspectives on the issue, the economics, the opportunities for others etc. but for me, right now I guess I'll treat the landowner with kid gloves.

On an aside to this issue. I once thought that adding a Sunday to hunting may force an overall shortening of the season because of added hunting pressure. I was pretty much told by biologists at MDIFW that a Sunday hunt would have very little effect on the overall deer kill and what little effect it had could be handled through minor adjustments in the issuing of Any-Deer permits.
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Cobbett - I agree with you that Sunday hunting on private land with landowner permission would solve the potentially angry landowner problem.

Nothing will ever silence the anti-hunter.
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