The Connecticut House of Representatives on May 23 approved a limited measure that will permit deer hunting on Sundays with a bow and arrow on private land.
The measure passed by a definitive 107-to-19 margin with 24 members absent. All 19 nay votes were cast by Democrat House members.
The bill is supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Under the measure, hunting may only be done by licensed bowhunters, who are required to complete an IBEP bowhunter safety course. It also requires bowhunters to obtain written permission by landowners that must be carried at all times.
The measure now heads to the state Senate.
According to the Coalition to Lift State Bans on Sunday Hunting, 11 states currently prohibit Sunday hunting to some degree, most for long-standing religious reasons, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.