New Jersey Bill Looks to Expand Sunday Hunting Assembly Bill 4071, introduced by Assemblyman John J Burzichelli (D- Paulsboro), would allow hunting with firearms for deer on Sundays on private property.
New Jersey is one of only 11 states that restricts or prohibits hunting on Sundays. Other states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In 2009, New Jersey passed similar legislation allowing bowhunting for deer on Sundays. Click here to read previous story.
“Allowing all sportsmen to hunt deer on Sundays will not only help to increase hunter recruitment, but it will also help boost New Jersey’s economy,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services.
The effort to roll back antiquated “blue laws” that prohibit hunting on Sunday in the 11 states is being led by the Sunday Hunting Coalition. The Coalition is a multi-organization group of leading conservation, sportsmen’s, and hunting groups committed to removing bans and restrictions on Sunday hunting. In addition to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, members of the coalition include: National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Boone and Crockett Club, Cabela’s, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, and the Wildlife Management Institute.
Take Action! New Jersey sportsmen should contact their state assembly person and ask them to support Assembly Bill 4071. Tell them that there is no justification to continue to prohibit deer hunting with firearms on Sundays. To find your state assembly person’s phone number and other contact information, use the USSA Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org/lac.
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