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Hunter unhappy with republican leadership

Published 9:21am Friday, June 14, 2013

To the Editor:

As Administrator of “Legalize Virginia Sunday Hunting for All” on Facebook, I participate in the daily discussion about the Republican “leadership” under Speaker of the House Howell (R – Stafford Fredericksburg). Speaker Howell’s lack of involvement in striking the last religious blue law is snubbing a core constituency for Republicans. Gun owning, religious/private property rights supporting, conservative, 2nd amendment vigilant hunters are tired of having Republicans turn a blind eye to their plight. Many hunters during the past Democratic primary week say that never before have they supported a Democrat Candidate, let alone voted in the Democrat Primary, until now. Republicans have taken hunters for granted; we are now open to supporting those who support what is perceived as not just a sporting hobby but a disappearing way of life.

Convoluted/unequal hunting laws allow some to hunt on Sunday while telling still hunters to leave their bow and gun in the closet. Regulations have become clear as mud over the hundreds of years since the King of England said “Church on Sunday or wooden stocks”.

The confusing Sunday hunting regulations warrant their own paragraph. The new regulation might say: “Sunday still hunting is illegal; The following may be hunted, chased, trapped or killed on Sunday: raccoons, fox, quail, bear, beaver, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, chukar, nutria, opossum, otter, rabbit, skunk and weasel.” House Republicans should be aware of that last one.

Matthew O’Brien

  • Iraqandback03

    Did you even read the letter?

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  • JWCrowder

    The unhappy Hunter.
    I am also a hunter. Hunters are always talking about tradition. Not all votes necessarily have to do with Constitutional Rights. Along with hunting, and fishing is the tradition of Sunday not only being a time for worship but a time to spend with the family. It has been a tradition to allow animals and the forest a time of rest. A time when the family can go outside have a cookout and enjoy other activities together without requiring them all to have blaze orange on. The big push for hunting on Sunday is not as much from the hunters as it is commercial trying to figure out how to get more money. So I vote not against your right to hunt or against your right to run your dogs but for a families right to enjoy time together and support a balance in life.

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    • blackwaterpete

      I wont mince words on this issue. I have been an hunter all my life. I was taught to bring home the meat and have it for the winter and summer. But most of you VILLAGE IDIOTS RUN YOUR DOGS UP AND DOWN THE ROAD WITH YOUR FANCY BOXES AND LOOK WHAT I HAVE ATTITUDE. Jacked up trucks and shotguns going everywhere. You have (and I ) 6 days to hunt. I don’t want your raggy dogs running all over my property on a sunday also. I dispise the fact that you only want the loins and leave the reat. Backwars ass rednecks!

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