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My 16 YO son Eric testified on this piece of legislation yesterday at the State House in Annapolis MD.  Senator Jack Bailey is an acquaintance of the family and asked if Eric would speak since he is a student athlete who struggles to make time hunting with his family during the waterfowl season because of the 6 day a week sports schedule.  He did a great job and I am proud of him for having the courage to testify and thankful he is willing to work for something that he is passionate about.  

The Horse council continues to be the greatest opposition to Sunday hunting in MD.  Some of the testimonies from the opposition were laughable to say the least.  We are hopeful this Bill gets passed which will allow a lot of people an additional day on the weekend to spend afield with their family and friends. Just thought I would share.

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GOOD KID, SMART KID, VERY WELL DONE.

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Big thanks to you and your son and the politicians in favor. The horse council should not have a say in Sunday hunting on private lands. They want to be ablectoctresspass on sundays and not worry about getting caught. It's about the dollars they bring to the table and the politicians that line their pockets with it.
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Not sure why we would push Sunday hunting for waterfowl in a time when were staring at a potential goose moratorium and declining Mallard numbers... Shorter season coverage doesn't increase the quality of the hunts.  Waterfowl is a different situation than non-migratory game, and giving the already over pressured wintering birds zero days to settle will only lead to furthering the "short-stopping" issue most complain of now.  

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Well considering most other states can hunt anything on sundays an not everyone in this state solely goose hunts would be to good reasons. Pressure or no pressure when you have the weather the birds will come so your shortstopping idea doesn’t make sense to me. But with that said congrats jaybird for having a 16 yr old who cares enough to go down an speak. Hopefully it makes a diff. I’ve been tossing around buying a Virginia license to hunt on sundays. It isn’t but 40 mins to the line from my parents. Or a boat ride across the pocomoke.
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WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!
Way to step up in get in the game.

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I don’t hunt birds so don’t have a dog in the fight but that’s awesome your son did that. That takes a lot of courage to testify in a setting like that
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Interesting that 40 States totally allow Sunday hunting, with no restrictions and it has worked for many years. Virigina was a no hunting Sunday hunting State, huge horse State and they went from zero Sundays to all Sundays, all game if its in season, except bears. It seems that horse people have a weak argument when the horse people in 40 states have not been harmed or derailed for Sunday riding
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JAdams, if you go back and read it again,his sons sport commitment takes up 6 days,his sons only day to hunt would be Sunday, hence pushing Sunday hunting.nothing different from some folks(like me)who work 6 days a week and can't hunt.

Give your boy a hy5 from me please.

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Outstanding, thank you both! The more the merrier removing this arcaic blue law derived notion that others know best what we do on Sundays. Public or private, all game, all seasons.
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Thanks guys. Appreciate the comments.
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Waterfowl season will be closing in mid January... Days gotta come from somewhere to cover the Fed Framework.  Can't imagine DNR will open Sundays to increase goose harvest when they were asking folks this year to hunt "one and done".  You can say folks duck hunt but the goose harvest will increase with Sundays as well.  Seems like a very tone deaf out of touch time to be pushing these kind of things.   "LET ME HUNT AND DAMN THE RESOURCE".    I wouldn't be using Virginia as the example for anything waterfowl related.  We generally aren't a pass through migration state (we winter most birds we hunt and harvest), so yes the pressure of another weekend day would have a huge impact on waterfowl hunting here.  It won't affect me, I'll kill more birds, but in 3 years when the birds are twice as educated as they are now folks need to remember why.  They ain't deer, they literally do just fly away...
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Hat's off to a job well done but a young sportsman.
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Damn the resource? Come on man, I didn't hear anyone in this thread come across like that.  You think 5 or 6 Sundays a year will be that detrimental to the waterfowl?  30 days is 30 days. 

I personally won't hunt anymore additional days than I do now.....but I will structure my days differently to include family and friends that are only available on Sundays if this bill gets passed. I will still "disturb" birds I'm hunting the same amount of time I am now.  I personally believe your "short stopping" theory is more based on weather than from pressure.   

I'm no politician but I do have 30 years of waterfowl experience in the state of MD.  Your argument of a rest day doesn't make sense to me. 

Do you believe adding Sunday hunting will hurt license sales in MD? I believe it will increase license sales, introduce more people into the sport which ultimately increases revenue for conservation in the state. Lack of time is one of the biggest reasons people are dropping the sport.  Sunday gives people that added time.  We lose hunters, we lose our voice and we lose the biggest contributor to conservation. 








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Hats off to the young man.
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I think It's a great experience for him and takes some character to do so at that age. Regardless of the topic.

Is this just on private or both? If both, Count me in as one that is in favor of keeping waterfowl seasons closed on Sunday's. I think Our birds are pressured enough. Some- even some on this thread have ranted about all the out of staters flooding into their spots. It will only get worse if they allow Sunday's.

Ducks and geese are very weary of pressure. They are not dumb. They have wings and will simply fly somewhere else if they get shot at too much. Not a huge deal on private lands but huge on the already pounded public.
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Good job kid! I'm not a bird hunter but I sure have enjoyed being able to hunt deer in Delaware on Sundays since they opened it up
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HEy All,

We started a local legislation section. Your welcome to use it if you wish.

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I think It's a great experience for him and takes some character to do so at that age. Regardless of the topic.

Is this just on private or both? If both, Count me in as one that is in favor of keeping waterfowl seasons closed on Sunday's. I think Our birds are pressured enough. Some- even some on this thread have ranted about all the out of staters flooding into their spots. It will only get worse if they allow Sunday's.

Ducks and geese are very weary of pressure. They are not dumb. They have wings and will simply fly somewhere else if they get shot at too much. Not a huge deal on private lands but huge on the already pounded public.


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Authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt any migratory game birds on Sundays during the open season on private property or public land designated for hunting.


Thanks.  Not everyone will agree and that's ok.  Every one has an opinion or experience that makes them either accept or oppose.  

I didn't realize anybody had a "their spot" when it comes to public hunting.  Only people that have "their spot" are people who own private ground or have a staked blind site that they paid for. 

The geese numbers are obviously low based on data collected in 2018.  For 2019 they have limited the length of the season and reduced to 1 bird.  I'm glad they jumped on this and made an adjustment.  This doesn't bother me one bit. I don't need a giant pile of geese to make for a successful hunt and if they closed the season, so be it.  Been through a moratorium in my lifetime already.  Geese rebounded and have been plentiful for the last few decades.  Point is, I personally do not believe Sunday hunting (5 or 6 Sundays a year) is going to contribute to an already declining goose population not caused by hunting, I just haven't been given enough reasons why I should believe that.  I believe it will have a much more positive impact for the sport as a whole. 

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An the fact the birds already get enough pressure sometimes to move them. Luckily there’s thousands of acres of public and my truck n boat are mobile. They make it work in the majority of the country. I’ll take my chances on finding birds. As for the geese I feel with only being allowed 1 bird for 30 days you might as well just close it. Make the day off wed like for rec crabbers if you think they need a day off. Either way good on ur son again more then I did at 16. An I totally understand the sports thing I’m still stuck though cause I work a lot of sat until dec so. An as far as the oos go if the rest of these states would change the stupid no Sunday law it be all good. They are here all days of the week already.
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Dirtybird...just an FYI. The day off can't be changed to another day. MD was granted and exception by the feds for Sunday's not to count within the federal framework. Once Sundays open up the season will be compressed by a week or a little more. I personally don't like the idea of compressing the season,I personally like it how it is with Sundays not counted in the splits.
Jaybird good on your son for stepping up. Awesome to see the youth get involved and even better to see them take a stand like this. I personally don't want it to go through but please don't think that I for one second don't appreciate seeing him take action.

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It was more of a joke. But I didn’t kno that. Is there no way to change the splits a little to give us the 60 days an still end the end of Jan. I’ve also heard the sundays are already counted in our 60 day allotment we just can’t hunt sundays. Never actually counted the days just what I heard. I’d personally rather have sundays in last split then the week in oct but that goes back to the everyone’s not gonna be happy part.
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My guess is that the late split would start later. Either way the season is compressed by a week or more.
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