On Sunday Hunting and Mixed Signals from NRA
It makes me leery that the National Rifle Association is among a
group of national organizations pushing for the implementation of
Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania and the 10 other states where it is
either prohibited or limited.
Because this is the same organization that so vehemently opposed
state Rep. Ed Staback’s anti-poaching bill – the one that is
currently sending poachers to jail.
The NRA is a supporter of Sunday hunting because, according to its
website, the practice has no detrimental effect
on wildlife and will provide more opportunities for existing
hunters, as well as recruit new ones.
The organization also states that Sunday hunting will bring an
economic benefit to rural communities.
The thing I find interesting is that poaching is an enormous
detriment to all those things. Poaching, especially when it comes
to deer, takes away opportunities for hunters and hurts rural
Yet the NRA fought tooth and nail against Staback’s anti-poaching
bill that would levy stronger fines and send the worst offenders to
If the NRA was genuinely concerned with wildlife, hunting
opportunities and the economic welfare of rural communities, they
would’ve supported Staback’s bill as strongly as they are pushing
for Sunday hunting.
Personally, I’m not in favor of Sunday hunting, especially when it
comes to deer hunting.
Last season, we had 67 days to hunt deer from October to January.
That includes the statewide archery, muzzleloader and rifle
seasons. Don’t forget there were another three days in October for
junior and senior hunters to hunt antlerless deer, and an early
statewide muzzleloader season – also in October, that ran another
Add it all up and that’s a lot of time hunters can spend in the
woods pursuing deer.
Do we really need to increase the hunting pressure on our deer herd
by adding Sundays to the mix?
The NRA argues that Sunday hunting has no detrimental effect on
wildlife in the states where it’s allowed.
That’s great. But none of those other states have upwards of
900,000 hunters all in the woods at the same time for the opening
day of deer season.
Sure, it’s great to do things that increase our time afield, but we
have to remember that, when it comes to hunting, it’s really not
It’s about doing what’s best for the resource first.