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Sunday hunting could one day be reality

August 25, 2011

Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau, discusses the possible repeal of statutory restrictions on Sunday hunting during a recent Elk County Commissioners meeting. Photo by Joseph Bell.

Over the past several years, numerous proposals have been offered in the State Legislature to eliminate or significantly change the current law regarding expansion of Sunday hunting allowances. But any expansion of Sunday hunting, which now allows just fox and coyote hunting, has been soundly denounced by the members of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and Ernest Mattiuz, vice president of the Elk County Farm Bureau.
"There is a movement out there to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania," Mattiuz said. "The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau has been opposed to this for many years, but this movement now is backed by the National Rifle Association [NRA] and others, and they have some legislative backing.
"They're pushing to open this up statewide and the Farm Bureau is opposed for many reasons, one being that Sunday is the only day farmers have in the fall to appreciate and have recreation on their own land without worrying about somebody firing any weapons."
The NRA, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and nearly a dozen other nationwide hunting and sportsmen's groups recently announced the formation of a political coalition with the express purpose of eliminating state restrictions on Sunday hunting.
Representatives of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses have already made contacts and have received positive reactions from key members of Pennsylvania's General Assembly.
According to Mattiuz, these groups have had significant success in the past in achieving legislative goals, both in Congress and with state legislatures.

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