The Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee will hold its third and final public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. in Room 140 of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pa. This will be the last opportunity for Sunday hunting advocates to make their voices heard.
In advance of this hearing, the Sunday hunting coalition (including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Archery Trade Association, Bass Pro Shops, Boone and Crockett Club, Cabela’s, Delta Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the Wildlife Management Institute) is encouraging all sportsmen to contact members of the House Game and Fisheries Committee and urge them to repeal the ban on Sunday hunting.
The ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania was enacted centuries ago, and to date, Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states that still choose to restrict this American pastime. In recent years, however, calls for lifting this ban have been steadily rising. After all, you work hard to provide for your family, and if you’re like most of us, finding time to go afield is increasingly challenging these days. Sportsmen have begun to realize that while they can fish, sit back and cheer their favorite team or watch their children or grandchildren play sports, come Sunday, they still cannot hunt – not even on their own property.
Repealing the Sunday hunting ban is about individual freedom and the right to pass along our heritage to the next generation.
As more and more adults hang up their fishing rods, rifles and boots, fewer and fewer young people are picking them up. This is bad for our economy, wildlife management and, most certainly, our children. By allowing Sunday hunting though, we will effectively be doubling the opportunity for America’s youth to take to the field.
Of course, the benefits of Sunday hunting extend well beyond securing our heritage as sportsmen. Additional hunting days in Pennsylvania will result in:
-- An estimated 8,190 new Pennsylvania jobs, paying more than $245 million in wages
-- Approximately $765 million in additional economic activity to the state
-- Attracting new hunters and increasing the value of hunting licenses for existing hunters
Please take a few minutes to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committeetoday.
Learn more about Sunday Hunting by visiting: www.sundayhunting.org.