New Jersey: Say Yes to Sunday Bow Hunting
New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- The New Jersey state legislature is considering legislation (A. 1669) which would allow Sunday Bow hunting.
This bill has passed the Senate and now awaits action in the Assembly. Animal rights activists (HSUS, etc.) are now calling legislators to prevent YOUR FREEDOM to Sunday Bow hunt! Don’t let them violate your freedoms!
Tell your assemblypersons that anglers and hunters represent nearly 20% of New Jersey’s VOTING population and you support Sunday Bow hunting. Sunday Bow hunting amounts to only 13 days per year. Under the bill Sunday Bow hunting will only be allowed on private property or WMAs (Wildlife Management Areas.) It will NOT be allowed in Municipal Parks, County Parks or State Parks.
Call your state assemblymembers at their district offices to urge SUPPORT for Sunday Bow hunting. To find their phone number click the following link. Find for your town. Then click on your district for your assemblyperson and their phone number.
Call them and ask them to vote YES on Sunday Bow Hunting bill A1669.
Remember, you may not get another chance to speak up for your freedoms. Don’t let animal rights activists or others speak for you.
This is an NJOA Action Alert…….
ADDITIONAL READING AND FACTS FOR SUNDAY BOW.
Added money in the State’s Economy. In 2001 the total economic impact of hunting in the New Jersey equaled $298.61 million dollars. Hunters spent $22 million dollars on food and lodging, $18 million dollars on transportation, and $28 million dollars on equipment rentals2, all money that went straight into New Jersey businesses and New Jersey’s economy. Adding an additional day of bowhunting is adding another day that bowhunters can actively spend money on their sport, increasing hunting’s economic impact on the state even further. The United Bowhunters of NJ also believe that the addition of Sunday Bowhunting will attract hunters from surrounding States to hunt in New Jersey, increasing out of state hunters’ positive economic impact on the State’s economy. These Non-Resident hunters pay more in license fees and typically spend more on incidentals then in state hunters do.
Reduction and maintenance of the deer population. A poll conducted by the research firm Zogby
International in December of 2003 found that 73% of non-gun owners surveyed said hunting is essential to wildlife management3. The poll also showed that 61% were in favor of lengthening hunting seasons to deal with over-populations of deer, bear, and wolves. State Wildlife Biologists believe that Sunday Bowhunting would significantly increase the annual deer harvest, assisting the Division of Fish & Wildlife in their goal of reducing the deer population in 64% of the State.
Added participation. The Sunday ban discourages participation. Discouraging participation will hasten the day when outside funding will be needed for wildlife management, placing a greater burden on other taxpayers and those who currently benefit from those taxes, or forcing cutbacks in programs that benefit current and future generations of New Jersey’s residents. Allowing Sunday hunting would effectively double the amount of time most hunters have available to participate. The United Bowhunters of NJ feel that this added opportunity would stimulate archery license sales, adding additional monies to the Hunter’s and Angler’s Fund and contribute to an increase in Federal Funding for New Jersey through the Federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Acts.
Land use concerns/criteria. Half of the State’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) acreage was purchased with monies from the Hunters and Anglers Fund, the newer lands with Green Acres Funds. WMAs are solely maintained with funds from the dedicated Hunters and Anglers Fund, as well as the Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit Fee, which applies to some boat ramps in WMAs. However, the stated purpose of WMAs is for wildlife related recreation and species management. Deer hunting fits both these categories.
Personal liberties. Private landowners would still have the right to prohibit bowhunting on Sundays if they choose to do so. There is no noise associated with bowhunting as opposed to firearm hunting, so there would be no “quality-of-life” noise issues. It is a fact that not all people recognize, or practice, “a day of rest”; and animals do not know what a day of rest is. The Whitetail Deer is a prey animal and it is constantly on the alert, just as Bears, Coyotes, and Fox are always on the hunt for their next meal.
More from another source:
Sunday hunting has no detrimental effect on wildlife populations. The 43 states that allow some form of Sunday hunting have healthy wildlife populations in those areas that can sustain them. In fact the states with the most abundant game populations allow Sunday hunting. Those states that have recently removed prohibitions on Sunday hunting have not seen a negative impact on game populations. Allowing Sunday hunting will give state wildlife agencies more flexibility in managing populations. The extra day a week for hunting will give the agencies the ability to increase hunting in areas of overpopulation by encouraging hunters to go afield.
The most common reason that hunters stop hunting is lack of hunting opportunity. Hunting opportunities are largely decided by two factors: accessible land and available time. Since most hunters work Monday through Friday, a ban on Sunday hunting cuts their available hunting time in half.
Sunday hunting will bring an economic benefit to many rural areas. Every day that hunters are in the field, they spend money on gas, food, lodging and the dozens of other incidentals that go along with a day’s hunt. The ripple effect of this spending can have a major impact on a rural town or county.
Sunday hunting is an excellent way to recruit new hunters. Many young people have school or athletic obligations on Saturday. Allowing Sunday hunting means that parents can spend time hunting with their son or daughter, passing on a heritage that is so important to America. With the myriad of activities that compete for the attention of young people today, a restriction on Sunday hunting means many of them never take up the sport.
Out-of-state license revenue can grow as a result of Sunday hunting. Few hunters will take extended hunting trips to a state that won’t let them hunt one day of the week. These out-of-state hunters pay higher license fees that benefit the game department and also spend even more money on incidentals than in-state hunters.