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Will Sunday Hunting Boost Pennsylvania’s Economy?

Will Sunday Hunting Boost Pennsylvania’s Economy?


States are getting creative to find new ways to increase jobs and tax revenue, but some say the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going too far by using hunting as a way to boost the economy.

Lawmakers in the state are being asked to lift a ban on Sunday hunting that has been in effect since 1873.

According to the commission, hunting animals on Sunday would create 5,300 new jobs and add $18 million in sales and income tax to the state. The extra day would allow people who work Monday through Friday to hunt over an entire weekend and drive up sales for gun stores, restaurants and hotels.

State Rep. Edward Staback, D-Lackawanna reported in a story from, “The proposal appears to be a win-win situation.”

As it stands now, hunters can kill crow, fox and coyotes on Sunday. The new law would expand it to cover animals such as deer and bear. Thirty-nine other states already allow Sunday hunting during the season.

“I think it’s time to expand that list,” Craig Todd manager of the Monroe County Conservation District reported to the Pocono Record. “If you work Monday to Friday, you only have one day to get in the woods.”

Wildlife groups, outdoor enthusiasts and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which represents 50,000 farmers, strongly oppose changing the ban.

The farmers object because lifting the ban would, “Take away the one day of peace and quiet for hardworking farmers statewide,” said Mark O’Neill, the bureau’s media relations director.

Up to 80 percent of the state’s hunting land is privately owned farmland. Farmers are concerned if the ban was lifted, hunters would be all over their property firing rifles and disturbing their peace.

Outdoor enthusiasts complain that Sunday is the only day when they are free to hike and enjoy nature without worrying about hunters shooting.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) also weighed in on the discussion in a statement. The group suggested the state find other ways to generate income.

“The last thing Pennsylvania needs is a seventh day of the week for hunters to disturb animal populations, damage ecosystems, and disrupt property owners. If the state wants to create jobs and encourage young people to engage with the environment, it should promote environmentally sound, non-consumptive activities like wildlife photography, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping,” said an official statement.

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9:06AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:26PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:04PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Pennsylvania is a cruel state They have puppy mills and have no respect for life They have given in to greed Pa residents should be staging protests and getting the media involved to help defenseless animals and get rid of the money hungry humans

6:43PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

John, Sunday hunting would probably benefit some localities, but I don't think it would have much effect overall. We have no such restriction in northern NY, and it has never been a problem here. Our herd is thriving, and will probably improve because of the mild winter. I'm still chafing from comments that inferred that I was cruel and heartless. If only they knew how many hours I have spent caring for the habitat on our property. Now I basically tune them out. They don't know what mthey're talking about.

3:42PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Hunting in Pennsylvania's is good for its local economy.

5:33PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

You know, I'm really not as shocked as I feel like I should just figures that there are some people out there who will grab any excuse to go out and kill, is it just me, or does anyone else see the irony of them picking a Sunday to go out and shoot them??

9:51PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I've never seen hunters demeaned like this in any other forum. I find it offensive that anyone would imply that people like myself would be classified as a heartless killer. I would wager that I have done more to improve deer habitat than anyone here.

3:29PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

pensilvanians need to move they asses more in order to increase the economy. killing inocent animals, or animals that are angels is not going to take them to not where. this is just cruelty and brutality. boosting the economy is something differents. this people are ignorants. why the animals????? why just they do not killthemselfs??????/

1:47PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Hunting should be stopped altogether. There are other ways to create jobs and make money by encouraging young people to engage with the environment, it should promote environmentally sound, non-consumptive activities like wildlife photography, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping,”

6:35PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Grainne O. and what if nobody sees any deer? will they be upset? or will they make a guaranteeing to see deer by feeding them?

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