HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – A centuries old “blue law” has prevented people from hunting on Sundays, but that may be about to change.
Massachusetts’ blue laws, which date back to Puritan times, restrict certain store hours and activities on Sundays and holidays. Many people say that they are outdated, and several other blue laws, such as those that prevented the sale of alcohol on Sundays, have since been repealed.
Massachusetts is currently one of only 11 states that do not allow hunting on Sundays.
States with restrictions or prohibitions for hunting on Sundays:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
State lawmakers are expected to consider a bill that would allow bow hunting for deer on Sundays.
22News traveled to Sam’s Outdoors Outfitters in Hadley Wednesday, where hunting supplies are among the items they sell. Assistant Manager Chris Murray told 22News that he likes the plan.
“It’s a great idea for sportsmen who want to get out for an extra day of bow hunting. It won’t affect our business in any way, because most hunters are well prepared before season to get out there,” Murray said.
The Sunday Hunting Coalition estimates that legalizing hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays could lead to 500 new jobs and put an additional $51 million into the state’s economy.