Pennsylvania Sunday Hunting Expansion Bill Passes House
By Chris Eger
Sportsmen in the Keystone State could see more open days in the woods next year under a new bill that advanced this week. (Photo: Pennsylvania Game Commission)
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A bill that will open the woods to legal Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania passed the state House this week.
The measure, SB 147, passed the House without a single “no” vote on Wednesday and now heads back to the Pennsylvania Senate, for final approval, which is expected in mid-November. The move would legalize hunting on at least three Sundays throughout the year — which is three more than what the Commonwealth has currently.
The bill, supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, mandates the three Sundays to include one day during deer rifle season, one day during deer archery season and another day designated by the Commission.
Pennsylvania is one of just three states, along with Maine and Massachusetts, that maintain a total ban on Sunday hunting, an enduring remnant of old puritanical “blue laws.”
A fiscal analysis by the state filed this week found that SB 147 would likely increase revenue for the Commonwealth’s Game Fund due to an expected increase in license sales. According to PCG, Pennsylvania