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Bill To Eliminate Sunday Hunting Ban Approved By State Senate Panel

February 6, 2019

A bill abolishing Pennsylvania’s ban on Sunday hunting passed a state Senate panel Tuesday. The Game and Fisheries Committee voted 8-3 to approve the bill, which would end the ban and allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to permit hunting on Sundays through regulations. Momentum for Sunday hunting nudged forward last month when the commission voted to break with tradition and begin the firearms deer season on the Saturday rather than Monday following Thanksgiving. Some hunters said if the season starts on a Saturday, allowing Sunday hunting is a logical next step. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau opposes Sunday hunting, as do some people who wait until Sunday to hike, watch wildlife and enjoy other outdoor activities when they won’t interfere with hunters. Through the bill, the commission would have the flexibility to permit hunting on all Sundays, but could set any rules that the commissioners favor, such as limiting hunting to the two Sundays within the rifle deer season. Even with the long-time ban, hunters have been able to take a number of game animals — such as coyotes, crows and woodchucks — on Sundays. — KENT JACKSON

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