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Hunters United for Sunday Hunting
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:32:35 AM »

An overturning of Pennsylvania’s ban on Sunday hunting for most species of wildlife appeared possible last year, when state Rep. John Evans, R-Erie and Crawford, introduced a bill that would have given the Pennsylvania Game Commission the authority to permit Sunday hunting. A legislative action is required because Sunday hunting, with a few exceptions, is one of the few remaining “blue laws” in Pennsylvania.

However, as happened each time the issue surfaced previously, legislators held a series of hearings across the state and opposition from various groups, including the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Keystone Trails Association, led to no movement on the bill.

Kathy Davis, an associate director with the Quality Deer Management Association from Pittsburgh, in May launched Hunters United For Sunday Hunting. The goal is a lawsuit that would force the state to move regulatory authority from the Legislature to the Game Commission.

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 Q: Summarize your thinking behind Hunters United For Sunday hunting.
A: We’re working to remove the Sunday hunting prohibition from the Legislature’s hands and give regulatory authority for Sunday hunting to the Game Commission, where it belongs. The Legislature has had over 20 years to take action and they haven’t. They’ve had hearings, but there’s never been a vote. Again last year, it got nowhere. Unfortunately the Humane Society of the U.S. and other like-minded groups don’t want hunting on Sundays.

Q: But there were other groups that really pressed the issue against Sunday hunting last year.

A: I’m shocked that the Farm Bureau is opposing a private property rights and individual rights issue. They seem to want liberties on their own land. But they can already kill deer on Sunday on their own land if they have crop damage, so they don’t really need Sunday hunting for crop damage. They and their employees already have it.

Q: What has HUSH done to date?

A: We’ve hired an attorney. I have 15 years of documents that I gave him in support of our case. I’ve given him both the positives and the negatives, but the positives outweigh the negatives. So, I think we’ll prevail. We have commentary from legislators, citing religious reasons that the ban should remain. We have current law. We have past law. We have documents dating clear back to the 1600s, and William Penn’s charter. In 1873 hunting was lawful seven days a week in season. This ban wasn’t in place until 1874.

Q: How have you been getting the word out about HUSH?

A: Grassroots, word-of-mouth. People are hanging up our flyers that are downloadable on our website and business cards that they can download on our website. This is truly a grassroots effort.

Q: You’ve also been busy in fund-raising.

A: We have $12,000-13,000 now. People are sending what they can. We have people who have sent $5 and we have people who have sent $500. Each is as important as the next. Each of those people is going to be able to eventually hunt with their children or grandchildren on a Sunday and say ‘I’m part of the reason you’re hunting today. I played an active role in this.’”

Q: Why is this such an important issue to you?

Read more:  http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/2012/07/qa_kathy_clark_explains_hunters_united_for_sunday_hunting.html

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