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Pennsylvania Farmers Head To Harrisburg To Speak Out Against Extending Hunting Days

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sportsmen and farmers are facing off over a proposal to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania.

During a recent hearing, Allegheny County House Democrat Marc Gergley – using what he admitted was a rough estimate of the voting membership of the overall 53,000 member Pennsylvania Farm Bureau – summed up the dispute this way.

“20,000 farmers shouldn’t affect one million hunters, quite frankly.”

But Joel Rotz of the Farm Bureau says while his organization is a leader of the opposition, there are plenty of others who dislike the idea of Sunday hunting.

“We are hearing a growing voice among those who wish to be outdoors on Sunday enjoying a broad range of activities say that one day a week should be preserved for their pleasure without the concern of interfering in the hunters’ sport.”

Rotz also disputed the findings of an economic consultant that project thousands of jobs would be created if the ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania were lifted.

Reported By Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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  • farmbiz

    Marc Gergley commented “20,000 farmers shouldn’t affect one million hunters, quite frankly.” Does he know how many huntable acres those 20,000 farmers own and control? Many land owners will choose to close their property to ALL hunting rather than give up their one day of peace.

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  • eric

    Only a seriously demented person would commit to this proposal. To not allow the hunted a day off during the week speaks for itself. If the reversal were true, this person most likely would cry for this to take place

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