Pennsylvania Allows Big-Game Hunting For First Time in 338 Years

by Josh Lanier

For the first time in more than 300 years, Pennsylvania will allow big-game hunting in the state this month. But time is running out.

Pennsylvania bowhunters are about to make history! 🦌The first ever day of regulated Sunday big-game hunting will take…

Posted by Pennsylvania Game Commission on Friday, November 13, 2020

Sunday hunting will also be allowed on Nov. 22 for bears and deer firearm hunting is open Nov 29th, WTAE in Pittsburgh reports. The state started the program by allowing bow hunting of deer on Nov. 15.

Big game hunting on Sunday hasn’t been allowed in Pennsylvania for 338 years, but the state passed a resolution last year to allow the practice. There have been exceptions for foxes, coyotes, and crows in the past, according to WTAE.

Fox News reports there will be more changes as well. Those include a three-day Thanksgiving turkey season and bear season will take place on Saturdays through Tuesdays.

You can read the full slate of changes here.

“This is great!! A long time coming,” bow hunter Jason Ryan wrote in response to the game commission’s Facebook post. “Not sure why everyone thinks it’s the end of the world that we’ll be out there on a Sunday. No different than any other day,” he wrote.

Pennsylvania Asks Hunters to Help Out

Pennsylvania hunters may help keep families fed during the pandemic. Earlier this year, Fox News reported, that the state’s secretary of agriculture asked hunters to donate their harvests to needy families in the state.

Now, the secretary hopes hunters will donate their deer kills to Hunters Sharing the Harvest, a nonprofit that helps hunters process and distribute venison and other wild game to feed the hungry. processing and distribution of venison and wild game to feed the hungry.

The state has more than 800,000 licensed hunters.