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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 23, 2021 10:32 AM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repealing Sunday Hunting Prohibition in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would completely remove the prohibition on Sundays available for hunting and trapping.  Currently, the law dictates which Sundays are open to hunting, and in certain cases, which species. This legislation would change that and would leave all wildlife management decisions to the Game Commission.

Over the past 40 years, hunting license sales have been steadily declining across the nation.  Countless surveys and research have been conducted in an attempt to determine the cause of this decline.  Over and over, the number one answer to why people quit hunting is ‘lack of time’. 
Act 107 of 2019 authorized the Game Commission to implement three Sundays for hunting. These three days were extremely successful, and exceptionally safe. The Game Commission reported no hunting related shooting incidents on any of those days. Additionally, implementing the three Sundays contributed to the increase of 25,152 licenses sold in the previous year. The additional opportunities that are available to hunters is paying huge dividends. 
By completely removing the prohibition on Sunday hunting, it will give the needed latitude to the Game Commission to increase hunting and trapping opportunities. 

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as SB607