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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2019 12:35 PM
From: Representative Russ Diamond and Rep. R. Lee James
To: All House members
Subject: Sunday Hunting
In the near future, we intend to introduce legislation that would amend Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statues to authorize the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) to provide for Sunday hunting. We are one of only 11 states that severely restrict or ban Sunday hunting.

This legislation is identical to that offered in prior sessions by our former colleague, Rep. Bob Godshall. Specifically, this legislation would amend Section 2303 of Title 34 by adding a subsection that reads:

(d) Expiration.—This section shall expire upon the publication of the regulation under section 2303.1 (b) (relating to hunting on Sunday).

§ 2303.1. Hunting on Sunday.
(a) General rule.—The commission may institute Sunday hunting by regulation promulgated in accordance with section 2102 (relating to regulations).
(b) Applicability.—It shall be lawful for any person to hunt for any furbearer or game on Sunday on and after the publication of the final regulation under subsection (a).

Providing an additional day for hunting would provide a means to recruit new hunters, and most importantly today’s youths, while retaining existing hunters who are unable to hunt during current game seasons due to a lack of time. In addition, it is believed that the expansion of Sunday hunting would provide a boost to economies at both the state and local levels.

The prohibition on Sunday hunting is the only game management decision given to the General Assembly. Under this legislation, the promulgation of regulations governing Sunday hunting would fall under the jurisdiction of the PGC.

We urge you to join us in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB549