BTW, I believe, but have no specific evidence, that the current practice of not hunting on Sunday is a vestige of Virginia's "blue laws" and the state's conservative, religious mindset.
HuntSundays, the reason I avoid the woods during regular firearms season is not due to my fear of being shot, it's due to my fear of my horse spooking at the sound of gunfire. It is just not a whole lot of fun to spend the entire ride riding defensively in case your horse spooks out from under you. Also, in my county, it is legal to hunt deer with rifle, not just shotgun, so there is an increased risk of an accidental shooting.
If there's actually a bill or proposal to allow hunting on Sundays, which I don't think there currently is, I would oppose it, because I do enjoy my one day a week in the woods worry free. However, I think horsepeople do themselves a diservice by adopting the us versus them philosophy. It's important in terms of safety and land conservation for hunters and riders to be allies as we share the same threatened resources - open land.
I ride a big tract of land that's leased to a hunt club. And they hunt with dogs and keep a kennel on the property. They pay a yearly fee to have exclusive rights to hunt the property, and they do an amazing job maintaining it as well - trails are always cleared; most are graded. I ride the property for free, and other than the occassional favor to the landowner, do no maintenence. I go out of my way to be polite and respectful to the hunt club and NEVER, EVER interfere with their hunting.
Joe4d, I am still confused about exactly what your beef is and exactly what action or postion you're advocating. With the deer population down, and the prevalent attitude in Virginia about respecting the sabbath, I truly doubt we'll see Sunday hunting anytime soon.
I seriously have no issue what happens on private property, however as I stated above, property lines are not respected, and trespass laws unenforced
This makes it sound as if your real issue is certain irresponsible hunters, but I'm still confused - if you have no issue with how private land is hunted, then we're talking about state or national parks and wildlife management areas. How can property lines and trepassing be an issue for hunters on government land?