Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Coordinator
On October 30, Pennsylvania Senate Bill 147 (S 147) passed the House with a strong, bipartisan vote of 144-54. This marks the most significant progress that any effort to repeal the more than three-century-old prohibition on Sunday hunting has ever achieved.
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. The passage of S. 147 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 advance conservation funding for a variety of game and non-game species and their habit.
The bill now heads to the Senate for a concurrence vote, and it is expected that the Senate will take action on the bill when they meet for session during the week of November 18.
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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%)