Harrisburg – June 26, 2019 – Legislation to permit hunting on three Sunday’s throughout the year passed the Senate today on a 36-14 vote according to Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland), one of the bill’s prime sponsors.

“This is an incredibly important piece of legislation for sportsmen and women in Pennsylvania,” Brewster said.  “Opening up selected Sundays for hunting will spur interest in the sport, increase the number of hunters, retain in-state hunters and attract men and women from other states.”

The legislation specifies that hunting will be on three days including: one day during deer rifle season, one day during deer archery season and another day selected by the Game Commission.  

Brewster said the measure would generate additional revenues for the commission.  He said these revenues will help shore up finances and promote new initiatives. 

The bill also includes new provisions to ensure to address trespassing.  The lawmaker said that organizations representing farmers were engaged to help craft language. 

Brewster teamed up with Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) to sponsor the measure.   Brewster applauded Laughlin for his work and leadership on the bill. 

“Senator Laughlin did an excellent job working through issues, finding common ground and moving the legislation forward,” Brewster said. 

Brewster said that one of the greatest assets we have are state game lands.  The game lands were paid for by hunters and help maintain open spaces for hunting and recreation. 

“As a life-long sportsman, I have a tremendous appreciation of Pennsylvania’s natural resources,” Brewster said.  “We have to do more to preserve natural habitats, promote conservation and safe wildlife management practices.”

There are nearly 1.5 million acres of state game lands owned and maintained by the Game Commission.

“Our hunters have supported conservation efforts in the past and we need to find ways to encourage more hunters to adopt the sport,” Brewster said.  “Sunday hunting is an excellent way to spur interest in hunting and engage more young people.”

The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives for its consideration.