Much anticipated, it looks like it’s going to happen this week: a bill aimed at removing Pennsylvania’s prohibition on Sunday hunting will see life.
According to the National Rifle Association, state Representatives Frank Farina and Bob Godshall are circulating for co-sponsors just such a proposal. The NRA is backing it.
It outlined its reasons in a recent email to members. It cited two main points: the impact Sunday hunting would have on invigorating “essential hunter recruitment and retention efforts” and economics.
“Many hunters are prohibited from introducing their children or friends to hunting because Saturday is their only opportunity, and they are competing with numerous organized sports and other activities. Countless hunters stop hunting because of the lack of opportunity, both in time and accessible land. The addition of an extra day in the field, especially on the weekend, increases the opportunity to enjoy our hunting heritage,” the NRA’s statement reads.
“Sunday hunting would also bring a much-needed economic boost to rural areas. Every day that hunters are in the field, they spend money on gasoline, food, lodging and the dozens of other incidentals that go along with a day’s hunt. The ripple effect of this spending can have a major impact on a rural town or county.”
To support that, it cited research from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that shows “allowing hunting on Sundays in Pennsylvania would generate a total annual economic impact estimated at $764 million and create more than 8,000 jobs.”
The NRA is urging sportsmen to contact their local Representative and Senator and urge them to support this bill, which has yet to be assigned a number.