Pennsylvania Debates Sunday Whitetail Hunting
Currently there are 103 days a year, including 18 Saturdays that are available to hunters for whitetail deer. The House Game and Fisheries Committee had their first of three public hearings to allow whitetail hunting on Sundays. This first meeting was to hear the pros and cons on all sides of the issue.
Pros would be the income and extra jobs hunting on Sundays would allow. Minority Chairman Edward G. Staback said the expansion of Sunday hunting would bring Pennsylvania approximately $630 million per year and would create 5,400 new jobs, according to a study. This was disputed by Sarah Speed, state director for the Humane Society of the United States who said the study was incomplete and didn't look at lost revenue from other recreation that Sunday hunting would take away from. Also hunters who live close to Ohio or New York who do allow Sunday hunting would go out of state and take their money to the other states instead of keeping it in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's Farm Bureau is against Sunday hunting. 80% of Pennsylvania's hunt-able land is farmland, and privately owned. For the farmer having hunters come and ask permission to use their land can be tiresome. Worry about taking away from other recreation on Sundays too was an issue brought up. In a 2005 survey 80% of farmers were against Sunday whitetail hunting, and 50% of hunters were against it as well. From the Daily American.
Hunters can legally kill foxes, coyotes and crows on Sundays. Minority Chairman Edward G. Staback, D-Lackawanna/Wayne, said the issue of expanding Sunday hunting has, “always been a lively debate.”