We're all hunters. Members of a dwendling group which CAN NOT reverse the downward trend. Those of us with too many years on our backs, enjoyed hunting in Pennsylvania when you could walk into a diner, in hunting paraphernalia, and receive a smile or nod. That doesn't happen much anymore.
Now, we find ourselves, (Pa. hunters) thrust to the forefront of State-wide op-eds because Pennsylvania does not allow deer hunting on Sundays!
As a long-time hunter, opposed to Sunday hunting, I find myself squirming as this issue bounces between pro-Sunday hunting folks, and the numerous Pennsylvania hunters opposed to Sunday hunting.
I live here, and I hunt here, and my concerns for the 43 States offering Sunday hunting, borders on meaningless. Pushing this issue in Pennsylvania will unfortunately result in a wider divide among our hunters, and a barbed-wire fence between hunters, farmers, and non-hunters.
I no longer give this issue, crossbows in archery, or in-lines in the flintlock season, a great deal of lost sleep.
Crossbow inclusion seems to have enhanced the mentored youth program that compounds couldn't provide. The Nation's last and only flintlock season seems to be holding it's own for now.
Pennsylvania is indeed special, and I propose we end this Sunday hunting business, by supporting our Game Commission in their mission to continue managing our wildlife, providing habitat improvements, establishing seasons and limits to maintain huntable populations, and leaving Sundays to farming families and non-hunters.
We're not the clones of 43 other States. Here, we hunt six days a week, and then provide a DAY for everyone to enjoy. And, for many, many years, those of us living within these borders, have accepted this without anyone's shorts becoming uncomfortably bunched!