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Sunday Hunting Passes Committee

Sunday Hunting bill passes appropriations committee today. Only allows 3 Sundays.

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs...RollCallId=361

Senate Bill 147, which would empower the Game Commission to regulate Sunday hunting, has taken the next step toward lifting the ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania.

The bill passed the Appropriations Committee in the state Senate, but did so with some significant changes from the original bill.

The way the bill was amended Tuesday would lift the ban on three Sundays throughout the year. The original bill called for 14 Sundays, with 10 potentially occurring in the fall and four in the spring.

"I'm pleased to see this go through," said Harold Daub, executive director of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen and Conservationists. "At least we are providing some opportunities to Pennsylvania families and hunters."

"It's less than I hoped for, but considering the fact that law has been in effect since 1895, I'll take it as a win," said Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, the bill's prime sponsor.

If the bill is passed, the Game Commission would have the power to choose three Sundays per year to allow hunting.

Laughlin was a co-prime sponsor of the bill with Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny County, and both believe the bill will be agreeable to all sides moving forward.

"We're at a point where people who were opposed are now neutral, and I think once this passes the General Assembly, everyone will eventually be comfortable with it," Brewster said.

The bill will now go to the Senate floor, and if passed will head over to the House. If passed there, it will go to the governor's desk to be signed into law.

Laughlin hopes the bill will hit the Senate floor no later than next week.

"I'm very confident it will get passed here now," Laughlin said of the upcoming Senate vote. "When we took it from 14 Sundays down to three, which the Farm Bureau was OK with, about 99% of the opposition went away."
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Gov. Wolf has bigger fish to fry like legalizing marijuana.
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Honestly they can pound sand, this is an all or nothing debate and there is no middle ground. Either the PGC is given total control of all the Sunday’s or they aren’t, I don’t want the legislature holding additional days over them like a hostage to use in a future negotiation. The fact that they walked it back from 14 days to 3 proves that is exactly what they intend to do.

So as much as I would love to hunt on Sunday I hope this bill dies immediately before it sets a terrible precedent.
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I agree wit CMP7036 , they already cut it from 14 to possibly 7 and now 3. I don't like the idea of the PGC being held hostage by the politicians. Either give them total control or trash the idea , what's 3 days , just my opinion.
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Honestly they can pound sand, this is an all or nothing debate and there is no middle ground. Either the PGC is given total control of all the Sunday’s or they aren’t, I don’t want the legislature holding additional days over them like a hostage to use in a future negotiation. The fact that they walked it back from 14 days to 3 proves that is exactly what they intend to do.

So as much as I would love to hunt on Sunday I hope this bill dies immediately before it sets a terrible precedent.
I agree in principle, but I think that 3 is better than nothing. Perhaps after a couple of years when the sky doesn't fall then additional days can be added.

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3 is better than 0, but this is almost laughable in a sense. Don't get me wrong, I'll be grateful if this passes but the stupidity and the politics of it is just silly.

I'm assuming that at least 2 of the 3 will be used during rifle deer season. Presuming these 3 will be used during the most "high impact" seasons hopefully people will realize that the sky is not falling. Then we can pass full control in years to come.

I think that's the biggest problem with this whole debate is that people irrationally think this is going to have some big impact on safety, disturbance, conflict, etc... When in reality it's only a handful of Sundays per year that people will most likely experience any effects from this. Maybe the PGC should call their bluff and use the 3 Sundays during bobcat, groundhog, or some other "low participation" seasons so we can say "I told you so! No one has complained"
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I would like to be positive, but this is nonsense! 3 Sundays??????????
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3 is better than nothing. I'm fine with it. It will only increase in the future.
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As was hinted at in the article, I would rather see 3 days pass easily than 14 days fail in the legislature. I'm glad to hear that Sen. Laughlin believes it will pass easily....I hope he is right.

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I feel that full regulatory control of Sunday hunting should be moved to the PGC so I won't actively support this bill. I will not oppose this bill, however. If it passes, I will continue to push for legislation that transfers full regulatory control to the PGC. That will be easier when the Sunday hunting doomsday prophecies do not come to fruition, if this bill passes.

My three Sundays would be youth Turkey, rifle bear, and rifle opener.
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