Jun 04, 2003

Sunday hunting closer in Delaware

By Joe Rogalsky, Seaford Newszap Staff writer

DOVER - Delaware hunters may soon have the ability to pursue game on Sunday afternoons and eve-nings.

On Tuesday, the state House passed 37-1 a measure authorizing hunting on private property between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Rep. John C. Atkins, R-Millsboro, said he sponsored the legislation because several constituents com-mented they are working six days a week and Sunday is the only time they have to spend with their fami-lies hunting or engaging in other recreational activities.

"Property owners should have the right to hunt on their own land if they so choose," said Rep. Atkins, who noted 45 states already allow Sunday hunting.

"The bill will also help control the deer population, which is beginning to run rampant throughout the state," he said.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

"I am very happy," said John S. Thompson, president of the Delaware Sportsmen Association. "This bill is a good idea.

"It gives people an opportunity for recreation they did not have before. The animal population is bur-geoning, so it is not going to impact that at all."

The measure does not allow Sunday hunting of ducks or other migratory waterfowl because doing so would conflict with federal regulations, Mr. Thompson said.

Disabled vehicles may get time limit

The House on Tuesday passed HB 170, which reduces the time motor vehicles can be on state roads be-fore being towed.

The measure cuts from 24 hours to 12 hours the duration police must wait before putting a notice on the car.

The owner would then have 12 hours instead of 24 hours from the time the notice was placed on the car to move it before it is towed.

"This is a public-safety bill," said Rep. Melanie L. George, D-Bear/Newark/New Castle, the bill's sponsor.

"This will mean less time that a car is sitting on a road blocking the path of an ambulance or fire engine."

Joe Rogalsky can be reached at 741-8226 or jrogalsky@newszap.com.