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Del. Legislature Considering Allowing Sunday Deer Hunting

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Sunday deer hunting could soon be allowed in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC) Sunday deer hunting could soon be allowed in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- The Delaware General Assembly is considering a bill that would allow people to deer hunt on private land on Sundays.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Williams Carson (D-Smyrna) and amends the existing law to add deer hunting on private land to the list of hunting exemptions for Sundays.

It has been assigned to the House Natural Resources Committee. It was originally scheduled for a committee hearing Wednesday, but it was removed from the agenda Wednesday morning for reasons that are not clear.

Hunters in Delaware are generally in support of the bill. Macky Marker hunts white tail deer, and he says there is an overpopulation problem this bill can help address.

"As everybody knows, there's a high white tail population in Delaware. So I think that would be a great thing to give us one more day to try to help us cut back on that population," he said.

The other big issue on hunters like Macky's minds is getting a bang for their buck.

"If they're going to keep raising prices on hunting licenses," he said. "At least it's going to give us one more day to take advantage of that money that we're spending every year."

People who oppose this bill either oppose it for their objections to hunting in general or religious argument about Sunday.

Paul Galasso works at Shooter's Choice in Dover, and he hunts on both private land and state land. He is a supporter of the bill but makes a point about why people may oppose it.

"An extra day is always nice...there's always that religious aspect. I know there have been problems with that. But me and other friends I work with--they're all for it," he said.

The bill is not expected to make it to committee or the House floor before the legislature's Easter break.

If it eventually passes a committee, it will come up on the House floor for a vote. If it passes there, it goes to the Senate for the same process.

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