lawmakers offering deal for Sunday Hunting
By Bob Frye
Lawmakers who want to legalize hunting on Sundays are willing to deal.
State Rep. John Evans is the Crawford County Republican who is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1760, which would remove the prohibition on Sunday hunting and let the Pennsylvania Game Commission decide whether to include the day in any seasons. He said at a recent hearing of the House game and fisheries committee that he and other lawmakers might be willing to strengthen laws against trespassing and increase the Pennsylvania Game Commission's responsibility for enforcing it if the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau would drop its opposition to Sunday hunting.
The Farm Bureau has so been unwilling to even discuss the idea, he said.
"After the third of fourth time approaching them, the response was, 'What part of no don't you understand?' "
Evans said he initially opposed the idea of allowing hunting on Sundays. And his grandmother who refused the let the family buy groceries on Sundays in the 1960s would hate it still, he said.
But it's needed today to recruit new hunters, retain existing ones and support the state's economy, he said.
"We have different things going on today. And times do change," Evans said.
The game and fisheries committee has scheduled its third and final hearing on Sunday hunting for Oct. 27 at the Capital in Harrisburg