May 8, 2013

North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Members Work to Repeal Sunday Hunting Restrictions

As highlighted in a recent USA Today article, North Carolina is one of a handful of states that are working to repeal outdated Sunday hunting restrictions as state legislative sessions begin to wind down in 2013.

North Carolina Senate Bill 224, sponsored by North Carolina Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Senator Buck Newton, would lift the Sunday hunting ban on private property in the Tar Heel State.  Proponents of the bill tout the increased access and opportunity for families with school-aged youth and working adults that find difficulty hunting on Saturday with athletics and other activities that would result from the passage of this bill.

Just as important, is the potential economic impact that the expansion of Sunday hunting would likely have in North Carolina. A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that if allowed, Sunday hunting would contribute over $311 million to the economy and would produce 3,600 new jobs with wages totaling $94 million in North Carolina. 

For more information on Sunday hunting in North Carolina, contact Bee Frederick at

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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