Thoughts on the deer hunting on Sunday thread... This morning's ice is keeping the birds away from my feeders. They need crampons in order to stay on the perches. I see a few goldfinches, juncos and mourning doves and three white-tailed deer kicking up spillage below the feeders. Although not a hunter, I would hate to see us lose a significant day of the week, Sunday, for deer hunting. Deer are major cause of habitat destruction for songbirds and many other Virginia wildlife species. I count deer hunters as the major allies we have in efforts to reduce the population of this much too common species. I bird Saturday and Sunday during deer season, but wear appropriate clothing to give myself the best chance of being identified properly by the hunters that may encounter me. So far, so good. The restoration of wolves would never significantly reduce deer populations in congested suburban and edge urban areas where deer populations and their impact on habitat is most significant. Craig Tufts Craig Tufts Chief Naturalist National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA 20190-5362 phone :(703) 438-6438 fax: (703) 438-6035 email: tufts@xxxxxxx >>> <Flyfishgrl@xxxxxxx> 02/06/04 11:08 AM >>> I am neither for nor against the Sunday Hunting ban in Virginia. I just want to add a few facts. Hunting is currently allowed on Sunday on "licensed" commercial game preserves in Virginia. Virginia is only one of ten states the still ban hunting on Sundays. West Virginia currently allows Sunday hunting in only selected counties. Virginia is very tradition bound so the repeal will not be easy. For both supporters and opponents of Virginia's Sunday hunting ban the next few years will be very important. Suzanne Malone Alexandria, VA You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.