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Markell to Decide On Sunday Deer Hunting in Del.

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DOVER, Del.- The Delaware General Assembly has passed a bill that would allow people to hunt deer on private and certain public land on five Sundays per year. The bill is on its way to Gov. Markell for consideration.

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

Under the proposed law, hunters could hunt on one designated Sunday in October, December and January. It also includes two Sundays in November, totaling five overall. The bill amends the law to say deer hunting can happen on all private land and some public land as designated by government agencies.

Mackie Marker is an avid hunter, and he says deer hunting on Sundays gives hunters a better bang for their buck.

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

Currently, hunters can only trap on Sundays or hunt red foxes with dogs. Everything else is illegal, according to the bill.

There are certain groups who worry about problems that could arise with Sunday hunting. John Melnick owns Gambler's Choice Equestrian Center in Dover. He says Sunday hunting can pose a problem for people who like to ride horses on trails.

"In the old time we used to call it a soundshot," he said. "They'll hear a noise in the woods and without checking what the actual noise is from, they will fire at the sound. And sometimes there are accidents."

Sharon Bielicki is an equestrian who rides horses avidly.

"Not all hunters are responsible," she said. "We look forward to riding on that one day, because we are the ones restricted during the fall and winter months."

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