Sunday Hunting Limited
Inside the Outdoors, October 10
, 2014

Imagine getting into a mode of worship, kneeling down or just sitting on a pew, closing one’s eyes and beginning to mediate as one does when he begins to pray. The surroundings are perfect. There are no distractions such as heavy traffic, cell phone ringing or even babies crying. All is how it should be when one enters into a relationship with God. First one talks to Him and then one listens. That’s how peace and quiet helps create the environment one needs for such purposes thereof.

All of a sudden, one hears shots fired from rifles outside, on either side of the building. Off in the distance, echoes of the same ring out only much quieter in tone. Sportsmen have taken to the woods and they are having a thrill of killing big game at the expense of worshippers conducting their service or Mass.

That may be occurrences surrounding a country church.

But guess what? That idea of hunting on Sunday remains limited. According to the Pennsylvania Outdoor News from a staff report article dated July 3, 2014, “A lawsuit seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s hunting on Sundays has been rejected by a federal judge.” That means not all game can be harvested. So, instead of hearing a lot of distraction from guns discharging their ammunition, an occasion shot may ring out.

Presently, one is able to hunt coyotes, foxes, crows and feral swine on Sunday while other species of game are off limits.

To many, I’m sure that spells some relief. That’s not to say worshippers are against hunting, it’s just the wrong time to do so by some when families gather to pay homage to the One who created the world and everything in it.

The story stated that Lancaster sportsmen filed a petition in 2013 to allow hunting on Sundays. Judge Yvette Kane of the U.S. Middle District stated that there was no substantiation from those who signed the document that the sport should be allowed all seven days of the week.

The story stated, “The suit had challenged the ban on several fronts. Most notably, it sought to show that – based on recent Supreme Court decisions – hunting was a federally protected right under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

That wasn’t convincing enough to the judge.

“What was her reasoning?” one may ask. “The lawsuit’s arguments ignore ‘the context of the Supreme Court’s opinion, which actually ties the codification of the Second Amendment to the populace’s fear that the federal government would destroy the citizen’s militia by taking away their arms, not that the federal government would regulate recreational hunting.”

Interestingly enough, Kane said, “The group (filing the petition) also failed to convince her that the Sunday hunting ban should be overturned on a religious basis. The lawsuit alleged that the ban violates their religious beliefs and coerces them to participate in any state religious in violation of the First Amendment.’”

Disagreeing once again, the judge concluded, “Allegations or legal conclusions masquerading as factual conclusions will not suffice to prevent a motion to dismiss.”

Thus, a limited amount of hunting will go on with hopes that it will not disturb those who have observed the Sabbath by ‘praising God in the highest.’ When one thinks of it, those enjoying their favorite sport are relaxing, enjoying what they like to do when they have the time. On the other hand, those making time for worship services are doing what they prefer as that had been their parents’ tradition of which their children followed.

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For years now, I have always promoted the art of fishing telling anglers to crimp their barbs so hook removal would be easier on removing hooks on fish that were unwanted.

Well, I have to admit, I was wrong. That may apply to trout, but I found out that bass tend to ‘hit and spit’ much more than other aquatic species.

So, what is meant by those two words? Since bass are very territorial and aggressive, they will hit ‘promising meals.’ Just when one thinks he has the fish on the end of the line, it somehow spits the lure out of its mouth.

Asking others just how this may occur, I haven’t located anyone yet who could tell me how fish are able to project a lure that have two treble hooks embedded in its flesh out of its mouth. One fellow told me the membranes of the bass’ mouth are thicker than trout. That does makes a lot of difference.

Bottom line – do not crimp the hooks when bass fishing. Your chance of landing your prize fish will be greater, believe me!


- Paul J. Volkmann
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