Pennsylvania Sunday Hunting Bill Headed to Governor

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With a stroke of his pen, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf can end the 337 year ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. The state Senate passed Senate Bill 147, which permits hunting on three Sundays, by a vote of 38-11, agreeing to changes made by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.


Call Gov. Wolf Today! Pennsylvania members should call the Governor and urge him to sign SB 147 into law. Members can reach the Governor’s office by phone at 717-787-2500.


The Commonwealth is currently one of only three states with a near-total ban on Sunday hunting. By signing SB 147 into law, Pennsylvania will join its neighboring states of Ohio, New York, West Virginia and Maryland who already allow Sunday hunting. The bill would permit hunting on both private and public land on one Sunday during deer gun season, one during deer archery season, and one Sunday to be determined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. SB 147 also increases penalties for trespassing and requires written permission from landowners for those hunting on private property on Sundays.  

“SB 147 is a promising first step for the Commonwealth in giving hunters the same rights that people enjoy in 43 other states,” said Bruce Tague, vice president government affairs for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “The Sportsmen’s Alliance, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Hunters United for Sunday Hunting, wish to thank legislators for their votes, and call on Governor Wolf to move quickly to sign Senate Bill 147 into law.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: OnlineFacebookTwitter and Instagram.