Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States
On Monday, October 21, Senate Bill 147 (S 147) was reported out of the House Game and Fisheries Committee with a strong bipartisan vote of 21-4. S 147 would authorize Sunday hunting in the Commonwealth on three Sundays – one during the archery deer season, one during the firearms deer season, and one to be left up to the discretion of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. S. 147 is sponsored by Sen. Dan Laughlin – a Co-Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus – and is co-sponsored by many other Caucus members including fellow Co-Chair Sen. Jim Brewster. Presently, only the hunting of foxes, coyotes, and crows is legal on Sundays in Pennsylvania.
Although significantly amended from the bill that was originally introduced, the enactment of this bill would be a significant accomplishment, and the bill being mere steps away from the finish line is the most significant advancement any pro-Sunday hunting bill has enjoyed in the Keystone State in more than three centuries. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation encourages all Pennsylvania sportsmen and women to contact their representatives to politely encourage them to support S. 147. Sunday hunting will provide additional time for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors; expand private property rights; help to ensure our time-honored traditions are passed down to the next generation; generate economic activity in rural economies; and, protect conservation funding for a variety of game and non-game species and their habit.
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.84%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (11.84%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.08%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (12.24%)