In a state where you can go to a baseball game on Sundays, shop for clothes on Sundays and patronize liquor stores on Sundays, it's a head-scratcher that deer hunting with a firearm remains banned on Sunday.
Supporters of the hunting ban say the spirit of the law upholds the values of state founder William Penn and the Quakers. Additionally, the woods are safer for families on Sundays because hunting is banned. But the vast majority of residents of this state aren't Quakers, and singling out hunting while sporting events, shopping and buying liquor get a pass, is patently unfair.
The state's blue laws limit everything from commerce to deer hunting. Since 1931, though, the state has been rolling back some of those statutes. At that time, the state deemed sporting events an acceptable Sunday activity. More recently, the state allowed some liquor stores to open shop. One of the few limits left on Sunday activities is deer hunting.
Supporters of the deer-hunting ban say they like it because it harkens back to an era when Sunday meant family time. By banning deer hunting on Sundays, many of those supporters further surmise, the woods are safer for other recreational activities, like hiking or walking as a family. But deer hunting with a rifle lasts all of two Sundays a year. Surely, those looking to take their children on deer-hunting grounds can find other weeks or days of the week to do so.
Hunters should feel as welcome hunting in Pennsylvania on a Sunday as they do a Saturday. There's no reason why hunters who want to take their gun out for a walk or put food on their table should be limited to six days of the week. The law is antiquated and unfairly punishes hunters at a time when sports spectators, clothes shoppers and liquor purveyors don't have the same restrictions.
… the vast majority of residents of this state aren't Quakers, and singling out hunting while sporting events, shopping and buying liquor get a pass, is patently unfair.
The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.)