Three bills introduced in Massachusetts will open Sunday hunting in the state for the first time ever.
House Bill 914 and House Bill 1015 authorizes the use of archery equipment for Sunday hunting opportunities. This would remove archery hunting from the prohibited Sunday activities list, paving the way for the director of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game to allow for Sunday bowhunting for species such as deer and wild turkey.
House Bill 984 repeals all provisions in the state that prohibit Sunday hunting, thereby allowing the department to open all seasons and all species.
House Bill 1019 authorizes Sunday deer hunting in the state during all Sundays of the open deer season.
Take Action Today! Massachusetts members should contact their state reps and urge them to support Sunday hunting legislation. Members can find their legislators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.
Massachusetts has long prohibited Sunday hunting and efforts are launched in the legislature nearly every year to repeal these outdated provisions. Sunday hunting prohibitions are unnecessary; most states now allow the practice while others are expanding Sunday hunting opportunities year after year with no negative consequences to wildlife. Sportsmen who work traditional days and hours rely on Sunday hunting to go afield.
“It is time Massachusetts joins the other states in the U.S. that have moved away from outdated Sunday hunting prohibitions,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Sunday hunting has proven to be an asset to sportsmen and the state wildlife agencies, which are funded by sportsmen’s dollars.”
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