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Pennsylvania Hunters Will Be Allowed to Hunt on Sunday But Will Have Wait to Take Aim

Gov. Tom Wolf signs law to allow Pennsylvania hunting on 3 Sundays per year

What to Know

  • Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a law allowing Pennsylvania hunting on three Sundays per year.
  • The new hunting rules won't take effect until early 2020.
  • Wolf says the measure balances landowners' needs with those of hunters who can't take weekdays off from school or work.

Pennsylvania's governor has signed a law permitting hunting on three Sundays per year, but it won't take effect until early 2020.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill on Wednesday, three days before the start of rifle deer season.

Wolf says the measure balances landowners' needs with those of hunters who can't take weekdays off from school or work.

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The legislation permits Sunday hunting on one day during rifle deer season, one during statewide archery deer season and a third day the Game Commission will pick.

Sunday hunting will require a landowner's written permission. The bill also makes it easier to enforce anti-trespassing laws.

Pennsylvania's prohibition on Sunday hunting dates to the 19th century, although there are currently exceptions for crows, foxes and coyotes, and for noncommercial private game reserves.

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