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Welcome to Pennsylvania!

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Welcome to Pennsylvania!  Are you a history buff?  Be sure to visit the Liberty Bell and then make your way across the state to the Battlefield of Gettysburg.  Are you seeking something on the nostalgic side?  Take a ride on a steam powered train at the Strasburg Rail Road and enjoy the views of the Amish countryside.  Are you a thrill seeker?  Stop at Hersheypark and ride their roller coasters.  Are you a football fan?  Welcome to Steelers Country!  Are you looking for something on the unique side?  Type "Punxsutawney" in your GPS and visit the town famous for their weather predicting groundhog. Do you love the outdoors?   Are you a hunter or fisherman? Pennsylvania has a lot to offer including 120 State Parks and more than 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands available to the public for outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and boating. 

Pennsylvania sounds like a pretty amazing place for an outdoorsman, doesn't it?  So… come on… what's the catch?

Read Title 34 (Game), Chapter 23, Section 2303 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes in hunting and furtaking licenses and you will quickly find out what the catch is in Pennsylvania. It is unlawful to hunt wildlife on Sundays with the exception of coyotes, crows, and foxes. Sunday HuntingThe only good coyote is a dead coyote, so I am thankful that coyotes are an exception to the law. Even though I do my best to not eat crow, it does occasionally happen without me hunting them on Sunday or any other day.  The last exception is the fox, and I wonder to myself, "What would the fox say?" If you decide to break the law and hunt on Sunday in Pennsylvania, I hope you are financially prepared in the case of being caught. The fine for violating the Sunday hunting ban will cost you between $100 and $200.  If you kill a deer on Sunday, charges could include unlawful taking of game which carries a hefty price of up to $1500 and a maximum of 90 days in jail, license revocation, and restitution costs for the animal which could range from $800 to $1500. 

As a resident of Pennsylvania, I wish the legislature would make changes to Title 34 (Game) to allow Sunday hunting.  I work 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, from 5PM until 1:30AM.  I drive 45 minutes to get to work, which adds almost 8 more hours to my work week.  Pennsylvania's rifle season for deer is two weeks, subtract the Sundays and you have a total of 12 days to hunt deer with a rifle.  I do not work on Sundays.  I cannot hunt on Sundays.  I can go to a bar and drink a beer while watching football on Sundays, but I cannot go to the woods with my rifle to shoot a deer.  I can go fishing all day on Sundays, but no hunting unless it is for coyotes, crows, or foxes.  Why is it okay to kill one creature but not another?  I will never understand the law, but I can hope that the law will change. 

001 The legalization of Sunday hunting would generate more sales of hunting license for out-of-state hunters.  Out-of-state hunters would spend money on food, gas, and lodging which would help local economies.  The legalization of Sunday hunting would give working parents more time to get their children into the woods and teach them how to hunt. There are many benefits to the legalization of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. If you agree that Sunday hunting should be legalized in Pennsylvania, visit www.legis.state.pa.us to obtain the contact information for your PA State Representative and/or Senator.  Write a letter or an email to your Representative or Senator and express your feelings about Sunday hunting.  Thank you.
 

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Amy Sward

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Hello, my name is Amy and I have lived in Central Pennsylvania all of my life. I was born into a family of outdoorsmen, hunting and fishing have always been part of my life. My dad started taking me hunting with him when I was a little girl. He also taught me how to fish for trout in local creeks. The first day of deer season and the first day of trout season were like holidays in our household. My grandfather enjoyed trapping and as a teenager I often went along with him to check the traps. Raccoons, red fox, and grey fox were harvested from the traps in the woods and muskrats were harvested from the traps by the Juniata River. I have many fond memories of trapping with my grandfather. I have enjoyed hunting small game and hunting whitetail deer in rifle season over the years. This year I am branching out and trying some new things. I went duck hunting in January and enjoyed it very much. I went spring gobbler hunting in May and loved it! I purchased a crossbow and will be entering the woods for white-tailed deer during archery season for the first time in October. I enjoy sharing my love of the outdoors with my family. Camping and kayaking are popular activities. I love to hunt and fish with my three nephews and my grandson. My two granddaughters enjoy fishing and hopefully they will show interest in hunting in the future. They love to go spotlighting for deer, and hopefully someday they will love to go hunting for them also.
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