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This is in response to Paul Shelton's Oct. 3 letter titled "Virginia should allow hunting on Sunday."
Mr. Shelton mentions that a local politician was opposed to hunting on Sunday because, in the politician's words, "a large number of my constituents are in favor of the current policy that allows them to pursue their outdoor interests for one day a week without having to share with hunters."
I too can appreciate having one day of peace and quiet during hunting season.
First, let me say that I'm an avid outdoorsman. I've enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities for many years (still do), and some of my favorite memories are of time spent pursuing deer and small game with my dad, uncles, and cousins in days gone by.
However, I'm also a property owner and family man. We have 12 acres, of which several are heavily wooded. The wooded area joins up with other property owners in our area, creating a substantial tract of land that wildlife travel through.
Unfortunately, there are some who fail to honor posted property signs and trespass during hunting season. Even those who stay on proper boundaries are still quite close to our residence when firing weapons.
Bottom line: Sunday is the one day of peace and quiet in our neck of the woods during the long-running hunting season, and is the only day we can feel comfortable in our own backyard. Any other day of the week, during hunting season, if I need to venture into the wooded area of our property I wear blaze orange to be safe.
So yes, there are "constituents" who are opposed to hunting on Sunday, myself included, and I don't feel "selfish" in the least for wanting to have one day where I can enjoy my property without reservation.