Lucky, thank you for your comment I agree 100% with it.I pay property taxes on about 300 acres of farmland and woodland and I allow hunting on my property but I appreciate having one day of week when I can relax my concern for my livestock.
Martin: A landowner does not own the wild animals on his or her land. The state can regulate how animals can be hunted.
So, whats the problem with posting your land [b]"NO SUNDAY HUNTING"[/b] if its that much of a danger?
I have been hunting for over 50 years,and some of those years were in N,H, where SUNDAY hunting is allowed. The reason I moved to N.H. back in the 60s was because of Sunday hunting. After living there for some years Sunday was no better hunting than Friday.I realized the Sunday hunting law allowed for more hunters, and therefore less game.I have no problem with Maines no Sunday hunting law. I have enough land, and it is all wooded, so if I feel the need to hunt on Sunday so be it.On the other hand I wouldn't allow anybody else to hunt my property on a Sunday.
[quote="Dan Billings"]Martin: A landowner does not own the wild animals on his or her land. The state can regulate how animals can be hunted.[/quote]
Never said landowners owned the animals.
The landowners own the [u]land[/u].
Maine legislators sometimes seem to [i]forget[/i] that.
I emailed my rep last month about putting this up, he didnt. I own over 75 acres of land, I should be able to hunt on sunday on MY OWN LAND if I want to. If you can shop on Sunday, But beer on Sunday, then I want to HUNT on Sunday. In the Fall I work Monday thru Saturday, sunday I have off, I want to take my yellow lab and go for a walk in the woods for birds. A study??? NO!!!! I pay property taxes on my property, what do I get? A school that the state is trying to get rid of, dump, and sand on the roads. I believe the bill will not allow deer hunting. Get this passed ot I will be MAD :evil:
You are free to take your dog to look for birds on your land on Sunday. You just can't shoot the birds.
Here is a different view. Everyone wants to hunt or fish on land of another. Everyone wants to do it for free! I want to see a little return for the playground everyone is getting free so here is a compromise. May I suggest that we pass a Sunday hunting law that allows landowners to allow hunting on their property. The landowner could call it "tax relief day". I would like to see it set up so I could place a few tree seats on my land and rent them out on Sundays to the various hunting types during the season. Landowners provide the access and the habitat for the state to rake in some 500 million $$$ and still knock the snort our of us on the taxes... especially the phantom house lot evaluations.
The Maine Sportsman had a couple of great articles on this subject in the last couple of months, highly suggested reading. As for myself, I'm an outdoorsman, not a hunter, would be if I had the time.
Most people who are hunters in my profession work during the week and on Saturdays, all or part of the daylight hours, restricting their time in the woods during the season to less than a handful of days by time factors like weather and travel and the hours are reduced.
Someone said adding out of state hunters to the mix a week early brings in more money, well the local hunters bring money into the economy too and adding an other day only benefits the economy.
The state could in theory charge more money for a license that is good for 7 days a week instead of just 6. It's not a management issue, the Warden Service is still working 7 days a week so there are still people for enforcement, it's just in my opinion silly to restrict hunting to only 6 days a week.
Of course, it's also silly to restrict open water fishing to finite dates as well. Restrict it on the ponds to be stocked, that's fine, but open water is available about 10 months out of the year lately, we should be able to use it all the time.
Let me rephrase, I want to take my dog and go hunting ON Sunday on MY OWN LAND. I own 65 non contiguous acres that river goes right thru the middle of it. I work in the fall Monday thru Saturday, that leaves Sunday. Who would it hurt if I hunted on my own land on Sunday? My dog may actually lose 15 extra pounds she has accumulated over the last 4 years because I cant take her during the week. now theres an arguement for PETA, Im actually keeping my dog healthy by hunting.
Deerhunter. I was in the same boat as you before I retired. Although I did have most Saturdays to hunt. I also have 65 contiguous acres, but with no river running through it. I am in an area where my neighbors are also my friends, and they depend on me to keep an eye on things while they are at work ar away. They don't care when or where I hunt. Their property or mine.In total I have about 350 acres to use as if it were my own. It is so great to have neighbors that trust in you. You have my permission to do as you wish on Sundays. Your dog will appreciate it as well. I bet you have a Lab. I have had Lab's for the last 30 years, and they love to hunt. The one I have now is the best woodcock dog I ever hunted behind.
sounds we have similair interests. I have three children, at somo piont I want to pass on the heritage that I have learned. How can I do that with a work schedule like my own? Whom am I hurting if I hunt on my own property? This is an arguement for the neysayers. Its common sense, give property owners a choice. I have a 7 year old yellow lab, she is great, a little heavy now (ok alot heavy) I need to work her to get her back into shape. Cant effectively do it with No hunting on sunday, cant do it. I have emailed my reps to voice my opinion on this.
Editorial: Keep Sunday safe
By BDN Staff
Thursday, March 08, 2007 - Bangor Daily News
The question for lawmakers â€” and groups such as the Sportsmanâ€™s Alliance of Maine, which continues to advocate for Sunday hunting â€” is whether one more day of hunting is worth millions of acres put off limits to the public.
I wonder what would happen if somebody called the 1-800-AlertMe number in regard to folks freely admitting hunting on Sundays and to the gleefull killing of owls, eagles, and raptors of all sorts ! Right there in black and white..... Man oh man...it's "hunters" like you that help the NO HUNTING signs go up.
I believe people and animals alike deserve one day a week of relative peace. Those animals are alive..they have feelings...they need to hunt in order to survive one more day. They at least should have one day to do so without being chased or shot. You can always go to Hannaford and stock up....light a fire for warmpth....not so the wild ones. If the elements are harsh, they suffer it out..nobody brings them a dish of dog food, water, or provides warm shelter. So I personally find it abhorrant that people can chase down coyotes with dogs year-round; not to mention on Sundays.
When I moved to this 96 acres of woods, fields and bogs, (and a river) there were deer aplenty and coyotes that could be heard howling at the moon often. The deer are still plentifull...but due to heavy coyote hunting the past couple of years, I have not seen nor heard one..and I'm really mad about it. Last fall coyote hunters stopped their trucks right by my house because their dog was on my property barking his damn head off. It was 6 am in the morning. Of course...the dog had one of those tracking collars..the truck equipped with a big freaking antenna....all the high-tech baloney that makes a mockery of true hunting and reduces it to simply a killing. But at least in the fall, the coyotes have a fair chance of running.....and being able to eat a decent meal before the next set of hound dogs are set on its trail. How this can be allowed during the winter season....god....that has to be as unfair and cruel as it gets IMHO. OR during the time that pups are being born and raised... it just "aint right".
So...I guess you can imagine what I think of Sunday hunting. Good sportsmen...good hunters who don't use ATV's..or walkie-talkies and the like, are welcome to hunt on my land with permission. In fact...every hunter should have permission before entering privately owned land. A person who wants to hunt can plan ahead and make the time to hunt if that is what they truly want to do. It is either a priority in ones life or it isn't.
Yep. You can call me a bleeding heart...or worse...if that helps you feel more manly. That's all about you; not me. I appreciate the wildlife around me and their desire and struggle to live...same as us all. I'd rather see them alive .... but I also know that a gentleman hunter who can shoot and make a good clean kill is not an animals enemy always. A bullet can be so much more mercifull than starvation. But setting hound dogs on an animal ...and especailly in harsh conditions, is nothing short of cruel.....Even if it is not shot, it has spent much needed energy on running its heart out trying to escape and will have to suffer bitter weather without a thing in its belly to radiate energy for what warmpth it can muster. Unthinking "hunters" have had some fun at the expense of an intelligent animal (very much akin to the dog) that may well starve to death for want of a simple thing: Adequate amounts of time and space to hunt in peace.
So this is a rant I guess...I apologize for that. You didn't have to read it all. But if you did, I thank you. I am concerned that the most basic needs of some of our wildlife are not being well served. They all deserve our respect on some level, for just being here...I didn't make them..but I enjoy them. I'd like to think they will be around for many years to come, and are not suffering needlessly in the name of "hunting". I believe we can hunt, and do so with respect and empathy for the animal we choose to persue.
Leave Sunday as a day of peace and quiet in the woods...please...for all of them (and us). I do believe if changed, more people will definately post land that is now open. If I was anti-hunting..I would be [i]for[/i] this change. That's how strongly I believe it will hurt more than it will help.[/i]
In townmeetings I attended yesterday 3 people asked me to vote against Sunday hunting. They all said if it becomes legal to hunt on Sunday they will post their land. Altogether they own most of a 1000 acres.