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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-05-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Sunday hunting bill is on the move

Lots of movement on the Sunday hunting bill today.

I'm thinking it's going to have legs this time out
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-05-2019, 12:41 PM
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Without Sunday hunting, Saturday rifle opener, or Semi's for big game, what the heck would we talk about :-).


I hope it's got strong legs that are ready to go the distance this time. I swear, Sunday's are the best weather days. Last year, it was like clockwork. Saturday would be rain or heavy wind and then Sunday was high pressure and beautiful. Time for a change here folks, the blue laws are really showing their age.
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Nice try but no cigar
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It would be nice to see Pennsylvania move out of the middle ages and allow sunday hunting, but I don't think making the Game wardens enforce trespass laws is going to work out well.
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It would be nice to see Pennsylvania move out of the middle ages and allow sunday hunting, but I don't think making the Game wardens enforce trespass laws is going to work out well.
Yea, the fact that they are piggybacking Sunday hunting with wardens enforcing trespass laws is BEEE SSSSS! Those guys have enough on their plate and seriously do not need to add enforcing trespass laws. These guy's are spread thin as it is. I hunt a lot, and I've only seen a warden twice in the last 5 years, both on the first day of Archery. After that, they simply cannot patrol their territories effectively and efficiently. The add trespass enforcement on top of it, nonsense.

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The text I've seen says "Trespass while engaged in hunting or furtaking....."
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The text I've seen says "Trespass while engaged in hunting or furtaking....."
....which in my mind is a hunting violation that a warden/deputy should be able to cite the offender, even in the absence of other violations. If the PGC receives the citation money from the hunting trespass citations, it could be a decent chunk of change into the PGC fund without a whole lot of investigative effort on the part of the warden/deputy (in comparison to poaching, etc).
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That is not true, once the calls start coming in for trespass they will be doing more trespass complaints than real game law violations and they will not be making any money for the agency, they will be wasting valuable time and burning gas for very little in return. If that passes and I hope it fails, I hope the agency tells the officers to prioritize and actual game law cases take precedent over trespass complaints.
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That is not true, once the calls start coming in for trespass they will be doing more trespass complaints than real game law violations and they will not be making any money for the agency, they will be wasting valuable time and burning gas for very little in return. If that passes and I hope it fails, I hope the agency tells the officers to prioritize and actual game law cases take precedent over trespass complaints.

I can tell you that the people that I know that have seen someone hunting where they are not allowed to hunt have called the PGC. This would include safety zone violations as most non-hunters have no idea about safety zone. They see someone hunting and automatically call PGC.

Would that call, at the moment, be forwarded to the PSP (or local?) or would the Warden go?
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I can tell you that the people that I know that have seen someone hunting where they are not allowed to hunt have called the PGC. This would include safety zone violations as most non-hunters have no idea about safety zone. They see someone hunting and automatically call PGC.

Would that call, at the moment, be forwarded to the PSP (or local?) or would the Warden go?
For safety zones the PGC responds, for trespassing they do not. Just seeing someone hunting where they have no permission outside the safety zone is within the purview of the police or the land owner.

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