The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners is considering additional Sunday hunting opportunities during a virtual meeting on Sunday, January 23.
Last year, the commission received the authority to set three Sundays when hunting would be legal. This was the first time this permission was given since Pennsylvania became a state. One day is within the archery deer season. Another day is within the firearms deer season. The third day is on another Sunday selected by the commission.
Now, the commission is looking to expand hunting allowances even further. The commission is proposing an expansion of the species that can be hunted on two of the three Sundays. The commission is proposing an expansion to archery hunting for deer on Sunday, November 14. With the expansion, hunters could pursue squirrel, grouse, rabbit, pheasant, woodchuck, opossum, skunk, weasel, raccoon, and porcupine. Additionally, they are proposing an expansion to bear hunting on November 21. With the expansion, hunters could hunt squirrel, grouse, rabbit, pheasant, woodchuck, opossum, skunk, weasel, raccoon, and porcupine.
Additionally, the commission is considering allowing hunters and fur takers to carry digital hunting licenses. Lastly, they are considering allowing hunters to buy a fourth antlerless deer license over the counter on the second Monday in September.
When Will Commissioners Permit New Hunting Regulations?
The PA Game Commission will discuss all of the aforementioned changes at their meeting on January 23. However, even if the changes receive preliminary approval at the meeting, the same items will require approval again at a future meeting before they take effect.
The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will take place only online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The public can view the meeting’s agenda on the Pennsylvania Game Commission website. Additionally, anyone can submit comments to the board via email to [email protected]. You can also pre-register for the meeting online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSHQ33P.