‘Creating Memories’: Hunting on Sunday still under discussion | News, sports, jobs

File photo of a Gazette Sun White-tailed deer walking in a field last year.


Two years after Sunday fishing was introduced to Pennsylvania, some fishermen are still grappling with the necessity of spending extra fishing days as the fall catch approaches.

One thing is for sure though – the Sunday hunt will take place this fall. The State Game Commission announced earlier this summer on Sunday that the hunt will take place on November 13, 20 and 27.

“Hunters in almost every other state in the white-tailed range are able to fish on Sundays. Pa. is one of the last states to offer this opportunity to its hunters,” Kip Adams, chief conservation officer and certified wildlife biologist with the National Deer Association (NDA).

he added, “The vast majority of our members are happy to fish on Sundays.”

The Adams family also adopted hunting on Sunday.

“My nephews used to fish only a day or two on Saturdays. Now, they almost double their time fishing. They can’t take any time off from school because they are student-athletes,” Adams said.

Sheryl Johnson, a mother and fisherman for over three decades from Jersey Shore, agrees with Adams.

“Kids don’t have to take time off and I like it because I don’t have to miss work. You can fill these tags and freezer faster,” She said.

Johnson pointed out that her grandmother is not happy with Sunday fishing because it interrupts the traditional family dinner on Sunday.

“This was the day the family would gather during the hunting season,” Johnson said.

Sunday dinner isn’t the only tradition that has been changed due to Sunday hunting.

“There’s a Sunday in the year that I wish they would leave on their own, and it’s the weekend right after Thanksgiving. It spoils a lot of cabins,” Heath Heller of Hepburnville has been a fisherman since he was a kid.

he added, “Everyone has their opinion and this is my opinion. I support Sunday fishing. Not only that.”

For Jim Robert, he can sympathize with both sides of the debate. The fisherman for life was sitting in his Waterville hut fishing in preparation for the upcoming season when he said he supports Sunday’s fishing 60% and opposes it 40%.

Robert said, “I can see what the Game Committee wants to do. They are trying to get young people interested in this sport. Children in school or young people in the workforce do not get time off.”

Robert explained that he’s traditional and enjoys getting extra time to prepare for the hunt by setting up deer stands and clearing the trails. Although he admits he is retired, he could do so at any time now.

For Heller, he is concerned about the impact Sunday’s fishing operations will have on local businesses. He cites a volunteer firefighter who has eaten Sunday breakfast for 35 years. They stopped the tradition, which was necessary to raise the necessary funding.

“There are country restaurants and bars that depend on this economic boost and fire companies that are having big Sunday breakfasts. Now they don’t because everyone is in the field. It has an economic impact on local businesses,” Heller said.

State Representative Jeff Welland, of R-Loyalsock, is also concerned about the economic impact but has been specific about that impact from Saturday’s deer season opener.

“I don’t know if it will harm the business. I have nothing to check on it,” He said he would like to see the economic impact study carried out by the State Gaming Commission.

One obvious economic benefit is the additional opportunity to dine. With rising food prices and more consumers eating clean food, venison helps with meal planning now and for later.

Johnson said, “We need enough to make bacon, bolognese, steak and roast, and we can do that because we have a big family.”

As a hunter, hiker, and politician, Wells clearly understands the nature of conflict hunters and others who hunt on Sundays. For example, hikers, motorcyclists, and runners have traditionally wanted a Sunday to themselves.

“It’s easier to vote with a majority of what your constituents want. The people you thought they would have were against it. In its original form, they talked about every Sunday and people objected to it more than the limited number of Sundays. That settled it for me. So, I’ve By voting for him, Welland said.

What seemed to anger the poachers the most was the opening of deer season on Saturday.

“It seemed we struck a balance that satisfied almost everyone. I had more objections about changing the opening day of the antler season because of tradition than hunting on Sundays,” Weiland, who added that he would not propose any legislation to change fishing on Sunday, said.

Adams thinks the controversy with the Sunday catch may soon be over.

“Once you search for a year with these regulations, the reaction is less. Once you go in a few years, there is less discussion and it becomes part of the tradition,” Said a member of the National Democratic Assembly.

We may reach that tipping point soon.

“It’s another day to create memories,” Johnson said.

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