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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Sunday Hunting in 2020

The PGC agenda for the upcoming January commissioner's meeting shows:

Sunday hunting for deer is proposed for one Sunday (Nov. 15) during the statewide archery season.

Second, the statewide firearms
(black bear) season is proposed to include the newly authorized third Sunday (Nov. 22).

I was expecting Sunday hunting to be open for ALL species in season on the days for which Sunday hunting was authorized. I think the proposals read as if only Deer or Bear would be legal (along with any other species already open on Sunday).

What is your take on this?

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post #2 of 72 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 02:35 PM
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Bait and switch.

Sunday in archery probably will not destroy or over harvest the deer population, or have a lot of hunters out.

I'd go easy on the Black Bear.

They way they are cherry picking Sunday hunting makes me shake my head. Nothing has to do with game management but all politics. They want to get more hunters into the field for that one day for a licence sale. It's not the PGC it's the shiny pants clerks running the organization.
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Bait and switch.

Sunday in archery probably will not destroy or over harvest the deer population, or have a lot of hunters out.

I'd go easy on the Black Bear.

They way they are cherry picking Sunday hunting makes me shake my head. Nothing has to do with game management but all politics. They want to get more hunters into the field for that one day for a licence sale. It's not the PGC it's the shiny pants clerks running the organization.
My reason for posting wasn't because I was concerned with an overharvest of deer bear, or even with selling more licenses. My concern is that the PGC lobbied the legislature for Sunday hunting to expand opportunities for Pennsylvania hunters. It would really stink if they only want expanded opportunities for big game hunters.
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So we can’t hunt small game those days?
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My reason for posting wasn't because I was concerned with an over harvest of deer bear, or even with selling more licenses. My concern is that the PGC lobbied the legislature for Sunday hunting to expand opportunities for Pennsylvania hunters. It would really stink if they only want expanded opportunities for big game hunters.
I agree. I would propose a Sunday where there is more opportunity for younger hunters to hunt small game.
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Gotta wonder if the wording in the new law stating a "Sunday during" is either being misunderstood or under legislative pressure to be interpreted as a "day for" thus leaving out all other species.

If opportunity to participate is as important as the BOC s claim, seems silly they would not jump on a one time Sunday this license year and add in a Sunday in spring turkey then go from there for next license year.

If Sunday hunting was not already illegal, who among us would not laugh at making it so?
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There is a similar thread in the General hunting forum Confusion will be the norm!

In that thread I posted the link to what the legislature passed with regard to Sunday hunting
Chapter 23, Title 34 shows:

§ 2303. Hunting on Sunday prohibited.
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided in this title, it is unlawful for any person to hunt for any furbearer or game on Sunday.
(b) Construction of section.--This section shall not be construed to prohibit:
(1) The training of dogs.
(2) The participation in dog trials as provided for in this title.
(3) The removal of lawfully taken game or wildlife from traps or the resetting of the traps on Sunday.
(b.1) Exceptions.--Subsection (a) shall not apply to:
(1) The hunting of foxes.
(2) The hunting of coyotes.
(3) Any hunting which occurs on noncommercial regulated hunting grounds holding a valid permit under section 2928(b)(2)
(relating to regulated hunting grounds permits).
(4) Hunting on three Sundays each calendar year, as follows:
(i) One day of Sunday hunting shall be instituted by the commission during the deer rifle season.
(ii) One day of Sunday hunting shall be instituted by the commission during the Statewide deer archery season.
(iii) One day of Sunday hunting as determined by the commission shall be instituted by the commission.
In my opinion the way the 2020 regulations should read is Sunday hunting is prohibited except for Nov 15, 22 and 29. Anything in season on those dates would be legal to hunt. Archery deer season would be adjusted to run Oct 3 - Nov 15 (rather than end on the 14th).

What the PGC has proposed is a 1 day special Archery deer season on Nov 15, a one day special Firearms Bear season on Nov 22 and a one day special firearms deer season on Nov 29.

Even though it appears the legislation does not specify species that can be hunted, the PGC has taken it upon themselves to only open this opportunity to Deer and Bear hunters. Shame on them.
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If you are so inclined:

COMMENTS for the BOARD OF GAME COMMISSIONERS regarding seasons and bag limits may be submitted to [email protected].
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I see your point Dap but it allowing for ALL game running concurrent with deer/bear could impact resource concerns say for example it would drag in a high impact day for resource sensitive fall turkey by tacking it on with Sunday archery??

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I think they're playing it safe. If they opened it up for all species someone would have them in Court in a heart beat I think.

While many of us were hoping for a board interpretation of the law, it seems that we won't be getting that.
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