Limited Sunday hunting bill clears Connecticut House

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HARTFORD — The state House of Representatives has voted to allow Sunday deer hunting with some restrictions. It could only be conducted with a bow and arrow, and on certain private land.

Under the legislation, such property must be located in overpopulated deer management zones. The Department of Energy and Environmental has identified 13 such zones throughout the state. The agency estimates 11 are currently overpopulated, which means they have at least 20 deer per square mile.

Hunting could not take place within 40 yards of a clearly marked hiking trail and the hunter must have the landowner’s written permission.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 113-32 Wednesday. It now moves to the Senate, where it has faced opposition in the past.

Current state law prohibits hunting on Sundays.