Pennsylvania Senate Bill 607 (SB 607), introduced by Senator Dan Laughlin, would make it lawful for a person to hunt for any furbearer or game on Sunday on and after the publication of a final regulation promulgated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC). Currently, the PGC only has the authority to authorize Sunday hunting on three Sundays per year. SB 607 would pass Sunday hunting authority fully from the legislature to the agency – a big win for hunters and the PGC.
Please consider joining the NDA in supporting this important legislation – over 1,200 Pennsylvanians already have. Authority to regulate hunting on Sunday’s should belong to the PGC, and a removal of the remaining Sunday hunting restrictions will boost hunter engagement, agency budgets and local economies. SB 607 has passed out of the Game and Fisheries Committee and is now awaiting debate on the Senate floor. CLICK HERE to ask your lawmakers to support SB 607 and to encourage Senate leadership to place the bill on the Senate calendar.
For the first time last fall, Pennsylvania hunters had the opportunity to hunt deer on two Sundays and black bear on one Sunday. Pennsylvanian’s will again be able to hunt on three Sundays this coming fall, and more species are included on the list of eligible game. Still, Pennsylvania remains one of 8 states that have outright bans or significant restrictions in place with respect to hunting on Sundays.
The National Deer Association (NDA) supports repeal of Sunday hunting prohibitions. There are no adverse biological effects of hunting on Sunday, and studies indicate that hunters will take advantage of Sunday hunting opportunities if available. The NDA sides with the clear data that shows Sunday hunting will help provide economic benefit to rural communities, help with hunter recruitment and retention, and provide hunters more opportunity to help state agencies reach their harvest objectives. A recent National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) study found that Sunday hunting could create over 8,000 new jobs and pump $764 million into the state’s economy. This includes impacts to traditional outdoor industries as well as other businesses, such as restaurants, gas stations and hotels.