Don Feigert

New Castle News outdoors columnist Don Feigert with the antlerless deer he took during the Junior/Senior Special Regulations hunt last October. Pennsylvania is one of just three states – along with Maine and Massachusetts – that ban Sunday hunting, but a bill now before the Legislature is looking to change that.

HARRISBURG (AP) — A proposal to end Pennsylvania’s ban on Sunday hunting has the approval of the state Senate.

Senators voted 36 to 14 on Wednesday for a bill that would permit hunting on one Sunday during deer rifle season, one during deer archery season, and on a third day.

The legislation directs the Game Commission to determine which three Sundays will be legal for hunting.

Backers say it’ll widen opportunities for hunting by making it easier for younger people and others to hunt. Officials say it will also bring in more license revenue.

Sunday hunting is currently allowed in all of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states.

Pennsylvania has banned Sunday hunting since 1873, although there are exceptions for crows, foxes and coyotes.

The proposal was sent to the state House.

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