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We Need To Restrict Hunting, Not Expand It

February 3, 2019

Editor: Currently Sunday hunting’s allowed for coyote, fox and crows. We do not need to expand such. In fact we need to restrict it. Currently my Sunday mornings are disrupted by hunters shooting crows on a neighbor’s property at the crack of dawn. Crows are in season from early July through late March, and in the summer dawn comes much earlier and the shooters are out there. We don’t need it expanded for deer and other species. I have followed this debate for so long I was wearing pager at the first Pennsylvania House hearing in which I testified against the idea. In that time numerous alternatives have been proposed, none of which has garnered much support beyond the die-hard NRA members, the NRA being the primary force behind the idea. Repeated polls have shown that even hunters are split almost evenly on the idea. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is against it because of the property rights infringements aspect. Yet the legislature keeps wasting time, money and other resources on the issue, as if it has nothing more pressing to handle. Nothing about this idea works. It will not steady, let alone increase currently declining hunter numbers. In fact New York officials testified at the aforementioned hearing that such failed there. How is it that our parents and grandparents had time to hunt six days a week, while so many today claim they can’t? Our ancestors worked in the mines, factories and farms which had much harsher schedules than today. This is essentially a property rights issue, both private and public. Hunters, who are a shrinking minority, cannot be allowed to disrupt the rights of the growing majority, which is bad enough now, via such an expansion. David Kveragas NEWTON

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