The General Assembly is poised to approve legislation that would allow Sunday hunting on public and private land in three western Maryland counties.

Under bills that have passed both the House and Senate, hunters in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties would not be subject to the widespread ban on Sunday hunting.

While Sunday hunting for deer was approved in some jurisdictions in 2003, hunting for most other game is banned that day. The new bill would make it legal to hunt all game species except waterfowl in those western Maryland counties during the existing hunting seasons.

The House of Delegates passed the measure Saturday, and the Senate passed an identical version on Feb. 26. A final vote in which chamber passes the other's bill is necessary before legislation is sent to governor.

—Erin Cox