Sunday Hunting Legislation Assigned a Bill Number in Pennsylvania

Posted on June 29, 2011

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Sunday hunting legislation has been assigned a bill number.  House Bill 1760, sponsored by state Representative John Evans (R-5), would permit hunting on Sunday. 

The prohibition on Sunday hunting is an old blue law left on the books in just a handful of states.  Hunters pump millions of dollars into habitat restoration and conservation and they are primarily responsible for healthy ecosystems throughout Pennsylvania

Many hunters cannot introduce their children or friends to hunting because Saturday is their only opportunity, and they are competing with the numerous organized sports and other activities.  Many hunters - be it young or old, novice or experienced - stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, both in time and accessible land.  The addition of an extra day in the field increases a person’s available time to enjoy our hunting heritage.  This will invigorate essential hunter recruitment and retention efforts.

Sunday hunting will also bring a much-needed economic boost to rural areas.  Every day that hunters are in the field, they spend money on gasoline, food, lodging and the dozens of other incidentals that go along with a day’s hunt.  The ripple effect of this spending can have a major impact on a rural town or county.  Comprehensive research from the National Shooting Sports Foundation shows that allowing hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania would generate a total annual economic impact estimated at $764 million and create more than 8,000 jobs.  In addition to this much needed economic spark, HB 1760 will clearly help advance and preserve the Keystone State’s rich hunting traditions, while enhancing biodiversity and wildlife populations.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners adopted a resolution supporting the repeal of the statutory prohibition on Sunday hunting.  The Board formally recognized many of the negative impacts that the Sunday hunting ban has on Pennsylvania and gave their approval to abolish this outdated blue law.

If your state Representative is not already listed as a cosponsor of this legislation, urge him or her to become a cosponsor.  Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on this legislation as it moves through the Pennsylvania Legislature.

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