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May 15, 2002: Gov. Bob Taft signed this bill into law.

It will take effect August 14 and allows Sunday hunting in all legal seasons on both private and public lands.

Preserve the Peace for People and Wildlife: Oppose the Sunday Hunting Bill!

From The Fund for Animals, February 21, 2002:

The Ohio legislature will soon be voting on a bill that would remove the remaining restrictions on hunting on Sundays. House Bill 493, introduced by Representative Latta, has been assigned to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for consideration.

Your Ohio state legislators need to hear from you! Please contact your state representative and state senator, and urge them to oppose House Bill 493. You can get more information about this bill by clicking here. Look up your state legislators and their direct contact information by visiting the Humane Society's Legislative Action Center. Or contact them at:

Representative ________
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43266

Senator ________
Senate Building
Columbus, OH 43215

For more information, please contact Jeff Leitner at jleitner@fund.org or 301-585-2591 ext. 208.

Arguments Against Sunday Hunting:

  • A Loss for Wildlife Watchers. Hunting on Sunday would severely affect wildlife watching during hunting seasons. Many wildlife watchers, hikers, and backpackers will not go into the woods and fields during hunting season because they are afraid of being shot.
  • A Net Loss of Revenue to the Economy. Wildlife watchers as a group typically outspend hunters, providing a more significant boost to the economy. But Sunday hunting would significantly reduce the number of wildlife watchers during hunting seasons because they would have no other day to enjoy their pastime free from the fear of being shot.
  • An Affront to Traditional Community Values. In many communities Sundays are traditionally a time for families to rest at home, visit neighbors, or attend Sunday religious or spiritual services. When the only group to benefit from a policy is a small special interest, and a broad spectrum of the public - both secular and religious - would be adversely affected, the right course of action is clear.