Maine is one of the few states in the nation that prohibits hunting on Sundays. This has been a longstanding tradition and a source of debate among hunters, landowners, wildlife managers and other stakeholders. Some argue that Sunday hunting would provide more opportunities for hunters, especially those who work during the week, and boost the economy by attracting more out-of-state visitors. Others contend that Sunday hunting would infringe on the rights of landowners, who need a day of rest from hunting pressure, and disrupt the balance of wildlife populations and habitats.
This year, there are three separate bills in the Maine Legislature that aim to legalize Sunday hunting in some form or another. One bill would allow landowners to hunt on their own property on Sundays. Another bill would permit hunting on Sunday with a bow and arrow or crossbow. The third bill would extend Youth Deer Hunting Day to six days, including Sunday.
On Monday, April 10, 2023, a public hearing will be held on these bills in Augusta. The hearing will give a chance for supporters and opponents of Sunday hunting to voice their opinions and arguments. The outcome of the hearing will determine whether any of the bills will advance to a legislative vote or die in committee.
Sunday hunting is a controversial issue that has both pros and cons. It is important for hunters to be informed and involved in the legislative process, as it could affect their future access and opportunities to hunt in Maine. If you are interested in learning more about the bills or attending the hearing, you can visit the Maine Legislature website at https://legislature.maine.gov/. You can also contact your local representatives and senators and let them know your stance on Sunday hunting.
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