Delaware approves expanded Sunday deer hunting
By Chris Eger
Gun rights groups argue outdated Sunday bans deny sportsmen access to the very outdoor resources they paid to support through Pittman-Robertson funds levied on sales of guns and ammo. (Photo: Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife)
A popular bill to allow more opportunities to sportsmen in the state to take deer on both private and public lands was signed into law last week.
The measure, SB 198, picked up just a handful of “no” votes from lawmakers as it passed through the legislature and, veto-proof, was signed by Gov. John Carney, D, without comment on July 11. The move, which scrubs the 1915-vintage prohibition on Sunday deer hunting from state law, was billed as one that could expand the ranks of sportsmen in the state.
“Hunters are the fabric of many of Delaware’s families and communities, and they play a critical role in conservation for our state; however, outdated laws prevent them from the simple, beneficial activity of going out and hunting deer on Sundays,” said state Sen. Bruce Ennis, D, in a statement released through the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “I sponsored Senate Bill 198 so that we can update that law for the benefit of our families and our environment.”
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