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LET US PREY: Virginia Hunters 'Pushing God to the Side'

Sunday no Funday if Virginia Senate joins House in hunting change.

Hunting may soon be legal on Sundays in Virginia. (Patch file photo.)
Hunting may soon be legal on Sundays in Virginia. (Patch file photo.)
A fight in the Virginia legislature is focused on a narrow issue raising the broadest of questions: What's the meaning of Sunday?

At issue is a bill passed this week by the House of Delegates that would end the longtime ban against hunting in Virginia on Sundays, a long-fought issue that this year appears will finally go against preachers and Bambi and for hunters and hoteliers who say the ban is an archaic throwback to Christian-led politics and is hurting tourism.

A long-standing Virginia law declares Sunday "a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life..." (The law excludes those dastardly night-owl raccoons, which need to keep their guard up until 2 a.m. on Sundays.)

"We're pushing God to the side," Thomas C. Wright, a Republican delegate from Lunenburg, told The Washington Post. "Now Sundays are like almost any other day of the week...The more we chip away at Sunday being the Lord's Day, the worse it is for our country.

The Virginia Senate has voted to lift the ban in the past and will likely vote to do so again, making hunting as OK on Sunday as football and buying beer.

"Imagine if we were to ban NASCAR on Sunday," Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter told the paper. "Imagine if we were to say, 'Whoops, no golf!'

"I think the tectonic plates would shift."
Tone Gaglione January 30, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Talk about the ban being archaic, hunting is an archaic throwback to when individuals had to hunt for food, not the pleasure and ego-boosting event to killing wildlife for the sport of it and mounting those big antlers.
Jeff Pearl January 31, 2014 at 05:37 AM
Most people / hunters hunt and fish for the food it provides. Even if hunting was allowed on Sundays, I would predict that there really won't be a lot of people out hunting on Sundays.
jalefema January 31, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Tone: You are wrong about hunting, and your generalized disdain for hunters shows your ignorance on the subject. In the rural areas of Virginia (some closer than you would think), many hunters still hunt for food; not because they HAVE to, but because they WANT to. I guarantee you the meat from a deer that has lived in the wild all its life is a LOT healthier than the chemical-laden, hormone-injected beef you buy at the grocery store. While there are people who only hunt deer for their antlers (we call them poachers, where I'm from), those people are a small minority of hunters; the vast majority of hunters are law-abiding men and women (yes, women hunt, too!) who want to supplement their family's diet in a natural way. Scoff at hunters and disrespect them if you must, but remember, in the zombie apocalypse (or a more realistic kind of disaster), THEY will know how to feed their families.
Rolling Thunder 2013 January 31, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Having grown up in a semi-rural area I am frequently astounded by the ignorance of hunting and wildlife management I encounter in Fairfax. Tone: Let me know when you see rabbits, squirrels, or coyotes with antlers. This I gotta see. Ooops Almost forgot the pheasants, quail, and ducks too. :)
Dave Aronson January 31, 2014 at 03:26 PM
RT, you need to head west if you want to see a jackalope. ;-)
Tone Gaglione January 31, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Deer eat pesticide laden lawns, get Chronic Wasting disease which is cousin to mad cow. You cannot cook it out of the meat. and of course EHD (Blue Tongue.) They also eat genetically modified corn and soy. There has to be something going on when all around the country Federal snipers come in and cull the deer, and right now they are going to start culling deer on Long Island, N.Y. They expect to kill 3,000 deer. The U.S.D.A. has poisoned blackbirds and starlings, gassed geese and now the D.E.C. is culling swans. Do a search yourself on deformed deer, deer with tumors, deer with deformed hooves and deer with deformed antlers. Read what hunters are saying. Also do a search of Dr. Swanson on genetically modified crops causing tumors in human babies. Look up rats with tumors being fed a diet of corn (GMO's). Around the country they are spraying for invasive species with some pretty bad chemicals. Healthy deer and elk are dropping dead in the Northwest in states like Montana and they say it is from droughts and insects. I have seen deer with blue tongue disease and they do not look healthy before they die. We also have had no droughts here. So, for all of you people who think you are eating healthy, think again. I do not like hunting, and I do not like the fact that hunting on Sundays might be allowed. Hunting magazines show trophy bucks. Bow and arrow is cruel and now some hunters want to hunt with spears. These are God's creatures! The third commandment is " remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy."
Rolling Thunder 2013 January 31, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Genesis 27:3 (English Standard Version) "Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me,"
Tone Gaglione January 31, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Who did God favor Jacob or Esau??? By the way I forgot to mention wild horse culling! Anything that lives out doors is being subject to being killed. Some states want to go after feral cats!!!!! What is going on??????
Rolling Thunder 2013 January 31, 2014 at 07:43 PM
@Tone. You'll have to pose that question to PETA. Coyotes love feral cats. I don't know anything about wild horse culling and I've never heard of anything like that in Fairfax City. I suggest you call your Virginia State Senator and Delegate and sing the blues. I'm sure they're anxious to hear from you.
Tone Gaglione January 31, 2014 at 08:24 PM
The horse cull was in Nevada, and other states. Jane Valezquez Mitchell did a show about it and it was on the internet. T-Boone Pickens' wife offered to have the horses driven on to her land but the Gov't. said no. Do a search. Feral cats were to be hunted in I think Nevada also. The Autoban Society labeled cats as serial killers but animal rights fought and won. Look up feral cats to be hunted. All I'm saying is " Why are all of these animals being killed??? "Is their some kind of a cover-up going on? Do your own searches. Something is not right!!! Have an inquiring mind. Do your own research. This is my last post.
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 01, 2014 at 09:45 AM
@Tone. This article is about Sunday hunting in Virginia and not something else. I'm glad it's your last post. Google tells me you live in New Jersey.
Rudy February 03, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Sunday hunting is NEEDED in Virginia, especially in the Northern Virginia areas. As deer populations increase, their habitat decreases, their disease increases, car collisions increase, so does the human death toll with these collisions. For the "God Fearing", I do not believe there is a closer relationship with him than being in outdoors with the animals in which he created both. Do you really need to sit in a building to worship him? Hunting is conservation, conservation preserves the land and animals which utilize this land.
Rolling Thunder 2013 February 03, 2014 at 01:06 PM
@Rudy. When I was a teenager I asked my parents why we couldn't hunt on Sundays and they told me the preachers were afraid church attendance would go down and they'd collect less money. I'm praying they repeal the Sunday ban.
BD February 03, 2014 at 01:08 PM
I am more curious as to why the original comments (2 or 3 from the date the story first went on-line) have been deleted by Patch? Could it be that those comments were critical of the author and the way biased manner in which the story is presented? Those comments addressed the specifics of the proposed amendment - facts that were not addressed in the article. Seems odd that comments critical of the article and its bias were deleted - while comments from the anti-hunting left (which agree with the bias of this story) were moved to the top. Integrity of the media has ceased to exist in 21st century America.
Tone Gaglione February 04, 2014 at 01:48 PM
For Rudy, Animals must be allowed to rest on the Sabbath, Exodus 20:10 & Deuteronomy 5:14. Conservation is killing. Someone decides what animals live and what ones die. Car Accidents occur more during hunting season. GonaCon or some other form of contraception should be considered. Let us use Science and Technology rather than killing. If hunting worked as a way to control deer over-populations, why do we always need more and more hunting??? Compensatory Rebound is the answer.

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