Dear Fellow Sportsman:
As some of you are aware, a bill allowing Sunday Hunting has been advancing through the legislative process and we need your support to make this bill into law. H4114 has favorably advanced through the House of Representatives and now sits in the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules. While this bill allows for hunting on Sundays for the archery season, it is a good step forward for all sportsmen and women, opens the door for more hunting access, and needs the support of all sportsmen and women across the Commonwealth.
We ask you to please take a few moments to send three emails and encourage all of your family and friends to do the same. The anti-hunting crowd is working against us and we need to make our voices heard, so please take the time to support this cause.
Please copy and paste the text below into a new email and send it to the Honorable Senate President Therese Murray, The Honorable Stanley Rosenberg (Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Rules) and your Senator. You can also call to request their support for the bill. If you do so, please keep it simple and stick to the bullets below. You can find your Senator at the link below.
Here is the Senate president's email: Therese.Murray@masenate.gov
Chair of Ethics and Rules Stan Rosenberg: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
Click on this link, enter the appropriate information to find your Senator's email address or phone number: https://malegislature.gov/People/Search
Please copy ONLY the Following text and send to the appropriate Senator. We ask that you not stray too far from this message so that we may be consistent in our messaging. Also please be respectful and represent sportsmen in an honorable fashion.
COPY THE FOLLOWING TEXT INTO A NEW EMAIL:
Dear Madam President:
or Dear Chairman Rosenberg:
or Dear Senator __________: (whichever is applicable)
I write today to ask for your support of H4114, An Act Authorizing the Use of Bow and Arrows for Sunday Deer Hunting, which is currently in the Senate committee on Ethics and Rules. As a law-abiding citizen of the Commonwealth, I respectfully ask that this bill be released from committee and sees a favorable passage through the Senate. Massachusetts is one of 7 states in the country with a ban on hunting on Sundays, which is one of the few remaining religiously based "Blue Laws." A few of the many benefits of the passage of this bill are as follows:
* H4114 provides the Director of Fisheries and Wildlife with an additional tool to manage areas of the Commonwealth with overpopulated deer herds.
* There is not a single incident in recorded Massachusetts history where an archer has harmed a non-hunter, therefore making the claim that Sunday is the one day to be at peace in the woods unsubstantiated.
* Passage of this bill promotes greater public safety by reducing the number of incidences of Lyme Disease and the 11,000 deer related vehicle accidents annually in Massachusetts.
* Cities and towns in the Commonwealth are increasingly struggling to address the public safety issues created by unchecked growth of deer populations. This bill allows wildlife managers an additional tool for addressing these issues.
The many thousands of sportsmen and women throughout Massachusetts who support the passage of H4114, provide an incredibly valuable resource to our commonwealth through increased public safety, and the preservation of our natural resources. My fellow sportsmen/women and I thank you for your time and support of this very important matter.