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I read with interest Matthew J. O'Brien's op-ed regarding Sunday hunting ["Sunday hunting should be legal in Virginia," Sept. 7]. I am a registered Republican and my husband and I are bird hunters. However, I strongly disagree with Mr. O'Brien's Sunday hunting position on several levels.
I sincerely believe in the rights of all people to enjoy the natural beauty of our state. During hunting season, hunters can legally hunt six days a week. Hunting preserves offer hunting on Sundays and have done so for years. Due to the overpopulation of deer in our area, for the past couple of years Stafford and surrounding counties have extended the deer season by more than a month. Is it not possible to allow our citizens to enjoy the outdoors one day a week without fear of a stray bullet coming their way?
My chief opposition to Sunday hunting lies in the fact that while humans may know the boundaries of their property, bullets do not always honor property lines. Out here in western Stafford, the animals are not the only living creatures who treasure "a day of rest" during hunting season.