Pennsylvania sportsmen will finally be able to hunt over a full weekend as Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation permitting hunting on three Sundays beginning in 2020. Until today, Pennsylvania was one of only three states with a near-total ban on Sunday hunting.
“We are extremely pleased with this great first step and wish to thank all the legislators for their votes, and especially Sen. Dan Laughlin for introducing and shepherding this bill over the finish line,” said Bruce Tague, Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president of government affairs. “We would also like to thank Gov. Wolf for wasting no time in signing Senate Bill 147 into law.”
Removing this outdated “Blue Law,” which has been on the books for more than 337 years, has long been a goal for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. In early 2019, the Alliance, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Hunters United for Sunday Hunting, began working with legislators in both chambers.
Senate Bill 147 will allow hunting on one Sunday during the deer gun season, one during the deer archery season, and one to be determined by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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: Online, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.