[va-bird] Re: Sunday Hunting Bill

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.&nbsp; I
just 
want to add a few facts.&nbsp; Hunting is currently allowed on Sunday on

"licensed" commercial game preserves in Virginia.&nbsp; Virginia is only
one of 
ten states the still ban hunting on Sundays.&nbsp; West Virginia
currently 
allows Sunday hunting in only selected counties.&nbsp; Virginia is very
tradition 
bound so the repeal will not be easy.&nbsp; For both supporters and
opponents 
of Virginia's Sunday hunting ban the next few years will be very
important. 
Suzanne Malone
Alexandria, VA


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