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    10-06-2011, 11:09 AM
Not hunting on Sunday would be unfair to the people who have to work the rest of the week. Why would it be any different for hunters to want a law passed that says" horseback riders can only go in the woods on Wednesday" so we are free to hunt the rest of the week.
We have lots of months of hunting in Wyoming for the different species. We also have lots of folks that ride horses during hunting season to both hunt and to pleasure ride. It is just the way it is. Nobody is allowed to use dogs for hunting except for mountain lions, so that is not an option.
There are probably more hunters in your state that will oppose your "law" than there are riders.
I'm sorry, this is a completely silly idea. If you are riding on public land, then the hunters have just as much right to hunt that you have to ride.
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    10-06-2011, 11:22 AM
Your whole complaint is based on 12 days a year. Seems more like a brainless agenda than an actual issue with the practice. I would think you'd feel safer having deer shot at 30 yards in front of dogs than at 400 by some clown with cheap optics. I know I would. This is all about narcissism. The biggest problem with our society today.
    10-06-2011, 12:26 PM
They tried to push the law in MD. ALL groups using parks (trail horse riders, bike riders, joggers, you name it) stood up against. So they were not able to push it through in several (most dense) counties.
    10-06-2011, 01:05 PM
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The dog hunters in our area area actually very considerate. They have actually asked permission to run them through our property, which truthfully, they don't need. Since dogs can't read no tresspass signs. The law does however state that no hunter can enter private property without the consent of the owner. Dogs on the other hand is a different story. Our local farmer has permission to run his dogs through our property. They give us no problems at all. He even lets us know when he's coming. The Sunday rule would be quite an irritant but not in my area as our hunters would be in church that day.
    10-06-2011, 01:13 PM
Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
Not hunting on Sunday would be unfair to the people who have to work the rest of the week. Why would it be any different for hunters to want a law passed that says" horseback riders can only go in the woods on Wednesday" so we are free to hunt the rest of the week.
Besides horse riders parks in MD are FULL with families, joggers, bikers, you name it. Way way more people than hunters. And many of them do work 6 days/week too and Sun is the only day to come out and enjoy the nature. Most parks in MD already has closure days for hunting when usual people are not permitted. Sun would be just way over top given a fact how many people go there on weekends.

So yes, as part of MD Trail Riders I voted against it (in fact 98% of people in my organization did), and we brought it up to the hearing. I know of several other organizations doing the same.
    10-06-2011, 01:56 PM
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Horse riders have to work also, currently the law in Va is no hunting on Sundays. How is that interpreted as ME me me me, if I want one day out of 7 ? Hunters already get 6 days a week and now they want the 7th, If anything the dog deer shooters which have monopolized and ruined every other type of hunting are me me me.

It wouldnt be a big a deal if the season was only a couple weeks, but like I mentioned. In my area it is over 3 months long.

My purpose in this post is to alert people in VA that like the status quo. Efforts are afoot to change things. Those efforts include false information from the NRA-ILA, and the NRA-ILA were undertaken without any input from it's membership.
    10-06-2011, 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
Not hunting on Sunday would be unfair to the people who have to work the rest of the week.
I don't normally disagree with you wyoming, but I have to here.

I work during the week and the weekends are the ONLY times I have to ride in the fall/winter, so if Saturdays are already taken by the hunters, why should they get Sundays too? How is that equitable to the non-hunting population?

Don't get me wrong, I think hunters should be able to take whatever the quota happens to be for the species that they're hunting, but why should they be given all the prime autumn time, and horse back riders restricted to arena riding?
    10-06-2011, 02:40 PM
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I personally would rather shoot Bambi with a camera then a gun but to each his own. Husband wants to eat Bambi that means I have to cook Bambi....

As for hunting on Sunday, I don't want to see it either but I'm not going to scream that hunters are selfish or dangerous or inconsiderate. That is lumping a whole lot of good people in with a few bad ones.

If they were to pass it, then you could haul to any state or federal park any day of the week and ride. Not convenient I know, but it's trail riding at it's best. Me, I'll just ride at the house for a few months. It's cold and miserable out during that time of the year anyway.
    10-06-2011, 03:23 PM
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If they are not dangerous why do you ride at your house ? My reply of sefishness was a reply to being called selfish and unthinking because I think it is ok to have one day out of 7 reserved for non hunting activities.
Also I can't haul to state and federal land because as mentioned earlier they hunt there also.
I used to really enjoy hunting, I also grew up with no hunting on Sundays, There are many small steps we could make to eliminate soem of the problems, Like only hunting on private property, no dogs, or other sunday restrictions. But I see no reason to compromise, when like pointed out we are talking 12 days of no hunting out of the other 100. The 12 days of the year that tend to have the nicest bug free weather in these parts.
    10-06-2011, 04:30 PM
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Virginia laws regarding private land:

Hunting on Private Property

Trespass violations, posting property, and access issues are all concerns affecting landowner's considerations for allowing hunting. Hunters are reminded that it is unlawful to hunt on private property without the permission of the landowner, and hunters must have the permission of the landowner to track or retrieve wounded game on private property.
On Posted Property:

It is unlawful to hunt without written permission of the landowner and is punishable by a fine of up to $2500 and/or 12 months in jail.
On Property Not Posted:

It is unlawful to hunt any unposted property without permission of the landowner and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Landowners may post their property by any of the following methods:
  • Using a paint mark of aluminum color paint consisting of a vertical line at least 2 inches in width and at least 8 inches in length, no less than 3 feet and not more than 6 feet from the ground or normal water surface and visible when approaching the property.
  • Signs that specifically prohibit hunting, fishing or trespassing on the property.
What Landowners Should Know

For landowners, finding responsible hunters can provide many benefits for both the landowner and sportsmen allowed access to the property. There are benefits of having responsible hunters included as an important part of the landowner's wildlife management plan, especially if they are absentee or do not hunt themselves. There are many in-kind benefits of such relationships including road maintenance, habitat improvement, security and safety. Reputable hunt clubs are also helpful, and lease fees can offset property taxes. Information on locating responsible hunters can be found by contacting local civic groups like Ruritans, or 4-H Clubs, sporting goods shops and area landowner contacts that participate in Tree Farm or Stewardship Programs. Members of sportsmen's conservation organizations that are dedicated reputable partners with DGIF promote safety, ethics, habitat improvement, and scientific management of wildlife.

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