Outdoor Journal

Still no shootin’ on the Sabbath: A recent study commissioned by the N.C. Wildlife Commission revealed that most North Carolinians are opposed to allowing hunting on Sunday. Hunters, who admittedly have more at stake, are split evenly on the issue.

Sunday hunting has been forbidden in North Carolina since shortly after the Civil War, except on certain military installations (be very afraid, Bambi). No long ago, the Wildlife Commission’s governing body voted 9-5 to urge to General Assembly to approve measures allowing Sunday hunting, but later rescinded the vote.

The commission says it may order another study, this one gauging public opinion on allowing Sunday hunts on certain game lands. But for the immediate future, all God’s critters still get their day of rest.

Feelin’ the burn: Friends of French Broad Rafting Expeditions are hoping for a leg up for the Marshall company this holiday season. The quaint, slab-sided building the business operated out of was destroyed by fire last month when a short in a water heater ran wild. Because, reportedly, the building wasn’t up to code, owners Mitch and Michael Hampton lost all their gear — rafts, boats, paddles etc. — with little hope of seeing an insurance settlement.

By reputation, the Hamptons were high-quality members of the Madison County business community and now are looking for a little help getting back on their feet. If you’d like to donate to the cause, visit www.helpfrenchbroadrafting.net/donate.html.

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