Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Act 2017

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An Act Relative to Outdoor Heritage- Bill S.437                       

A BILL TO CHANGE MASSACHUSETTS HUNTING LAWS

This bill would create safe, smart, and protective laws to avoid conflict or accidents within recreational hunting...  ...Hunters and non-hunters should feel safe and respected and this bill will help create communication and understanding of one another. ...The bill will allow lawful hunting on Sundays and to remove the prohibition on crossbow hunting... Massachusetts counts more than 538,000 hunters and anglers who spend $626 million annually and support 9,101 jobs.

*ATTENTION HUNTERS AND SPORTS-PEOPLE*

Massachusetts hunters can thank Senator Anne Gobi for presenting this bill, and the ten Representatives that supported it. Besides the long awaited repeal of the old Blue Law that prevented us from hunting on Sundays, and the opportunity for those who choose to decide to hunt with a crossbow, there are other issues packaged into the bill, which makes it an omnibus bill.

Our organization, Hunting Western Mass, having started a Sunday Hunting Initiative, have decided to fully back Bill S.437, as we believe that is the best possible chance to have Sunday hunting passed in Massachusetts.

SIGN THIS PETITION EVEN IF YOU SIGNED THE 2017 MASSACHUSETTS SUNDAY HUNTING INITIATIVE!!

If you are uncertain about the rest of the components of the bill, you can research it. We are currently working trying to get a ‘plain language’ version of the bill, a bullet point list. I can tell you that there is a heavy focus on hunter harassment, and protection for hunters from violators that abuse us, interfere with us, vandalize our gear and/or equipment or otherwise interrupt our enjoyment of the sport of hunting. Sunday hunting, the use of crossbows, and some adjustment of coyote hunting, we read an issue regarding ammunition, as I said, there’s a lot going on with this bill.

That being said, we believe that Sen. Anne Gobi and supporters have crafted a bill that benefits hunters and the hunting community, and we are going to stand by it. And we are asking YOU, be you hunter, hunting spouse, hunting relative, hunting friend, or supporter of any connection, please support this bill.


So many fathers and parents work throughout the week, in this economy working even Saturdays. Being able to take one’s son or daughter out the woods that one day a week is priceless. It can make the difference on whether or not a child has the opportunity to make a connection with the forest, and all it has to offer.

Or not.

And for those that had the benefit of making that connection, it gives us the opportunity to utilize that day in the way we enjoy best.

Stand up and make your voice heard. We need to really unify since the advocacy against us will be strong.

Much money out of sportsmen and women pockets go into fisheries and fishing projects, because these recreational activities generate more money for the state. And that’s fine. But it’s time to throw us a bone.


There are only 4 states that ban hunting on Sundays, a blue law that dates back to the 1700’s.

And interestingly enough, states that do allow hunting on Sundays have the highest rates of church attendance in the country.


Lets step up and get this done.


Work together, win together.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Len Kahle,

Hunting Western Mass

 

 

http://nssf.org/factsheets/PDF/SundayHunting.pdf

 

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