The Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee approved legislation allowing three days of Sunday hunting, leaving Senate Bill 147 just one step from being sent to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The committee’s 21-4 vote comes a little more than three months after the Pennsylvania Senate approved the bill by a 36-14 vote.
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Call Today! Pennsylvania members should contact their state representative and ask them to vote YES on SB 147 as it is currently written. Your state representative can be found using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center Directory.
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Pennsylvania is one of only three states with a near-total ban on Sunday hunting and is one of eight states in the country that restrict Sunday hunting. Pennsylvania’s ban predates the existence of the United States, originally enacted in 1682.
The Sportsmen’s Alliance, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Rifle Association, along with a broad coalition of local Pennsylvania sportsmen’s groups, have been working diligently with legislators in both chambers to open Sunday hunting. If enacted, SB 147 would allow for one Sunday during deer gun season, one Sunday during deer archery season and one Sunday to be determined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
By lifting the ban, the Commonwealth will join the neighboring states of Maryland, New York, Ohio and West Virginia who already allow hunting on Sundays. SB 147 also strengthens trespassing laws in order to make sure that private landowners’ interests are addressed.
“This bill is a good first step to bring Pennsylvania into the 21st century, offering the same opportunities to sportsmen that so many enjoy in other states,” said Bruce Tague vice president of government affairs for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “We hope the Pennsylvania house will pass this important piece of legislation, as currently written, and send it to Gov. Wolf for signature.”
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