No more Sunday hunting on the Pennsylvania Game Commission agenda

Additional Sunday hunting opportunities will be considered by the Pennsylvania Hunting Council commissioners when they meet virtually on Saturday, January 23.

The commission proposed expanding the species that can be hunted on 2 of the 3 Sundays that state lawmakers allowed the commission to enact last year.

In addition to archery deer hunting, on Sunday November 14, hunters would be allowed to chase squirrel, grouse, rabbit, pheasant, groundhog, opossum, skunk, weasel , raccoon and porcupine.

And, on Sunday, November 21, in addition to the bear, they would be allowed to hunt squirrel, grouse, rabbit, pheasant, marmot, opossum, skunk, weasel, raccoon and porcupine.

After a long-standing recurring battle in the state legislature, the commission was authorized last year to set 3 Sundays on which hunting would be legal for the first time since before Pennsylvania became a state: one during archery season, one in firearm deer season and another Sunday chosen by the commission.

Commissioners will also consider allowing hunters and furtakers to hold digital hunting licenses and hunters to purchase a fourth antlerless deer license by mutual agreement on the second Monday in September.

All of these changes will be considered a regulatory proposal at the January 23 meeting. If preliminary approval was given at the meeting, the same items would require approval as a final bylaw at a future meeting to take effect.

The meeting, which is being held online only due to the coronavirus pandemic, will begin at 8:30 a.m., when commissioners hear reports from staff. They will then move on to their agenda prepared with voting points.

The agenda can be viewed at Pennsylvania Hunting Commission website.

Anyone wishing to submit comments to the board can email them to pgccomments@pa.gov or can pre-register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSHQ33P.

All public comments submitted will be sent to the board for reading and hearing prior to the January 23 meeting.

To watch the virtual meeting live, register on https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/679579959715434256?source=news+release.

Contact Marcus Schneck at mschneck@pennlive.com.

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