Regulations limiting Sunday catches in Pennsylvania may be reduced if an amendment is added to a bill addressing old regulations for professional baseball and soccer played on Sundays.
Pennsylvania House Bill 391 was put on the state assembly table on May 25. Presented by state representatives. Matthew Dowling, Karen Boback, George Dunbar, Jesse Tupper, David Rowe, Joe Searcy, Lee James and Dan Moult would repeal Bill 49 of 1933, which prohibited individuals and associations from playing or participating in baseball or soccer games before 2 p.m. And after six in the evening on Sunday. This will allow the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and all other football and baseball teams to play games legally on Sunday.
The antique 1933 law required license fees for games that could be played ranging from $50 in cities to $1 in towns.
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The Chairman of the Fisheries and Fisheries Commission, Senator Dan Laughlin of Erie, said in a phone interview that if the bill gained traction, he would like to add an amendment that would allow the Pennsylvania Games Commission to have authority over fishing on Sunday. At present, the legislature votes on the number of Sundays that can be open for hunting.
“If the bill goes to the Senate, I would definitely amend Sunday’s chase for that bill,” he said.
The senator wants anglers to be able to fish more than the three Sundays currently in Pennsylvania regulations.
He said, “Football and baseball are arguably sporting events, and sport fishing falls into that category. You can’t make the argument[Sunday hunting]not so relevant. I’m going to fish on Sunday one way or the other.”
In addition to observing the law of the house, Laughlin also hopes that Sunday’s catch changes can be made through his own legislation, Senate Bill 607.
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The bill, introduced by Laughlin, Senators Devlin Robinson and Jim Brewster in 2021, would repeal provisions banning fishing on Sunday.
If passed, Pa. The Game Commission will be able to determine which Sundays will be a part of the different hunting seasons.
A case of hunting reserves
In another game matter, the legislature was also asked to consider taking over the management of captive deer in hunting reserves due to concerns about chronic wasting disease.
The National Deer Association is calling for authority over captive deer hunting facilities in the state to be transferred from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to the Game Commission.
On April 11, the PGC established a Chronic Wasting Disease Management District and expanded two existing DMAs. The new DMA 7 was formed when CWD, a neurological disease fatal to deer, was discovered at a captive deer facility in Lycoming County. The DMA represents the fifth of seven DMAs to be generated due to a CWD being found in a restricted facility since 2012.
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Kip Adams, the NDA’s chief conservation officer, said deer farms that allow hunting have more deer movement over deer that have just sprung up on farms for breeding purposes. “Ultimately it would be great if the Game Committee had authority over both, given the threat CWD poses within these facilities and the threat to wild deer,” he said in a phone interview.
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He said the Department of Agriculture is doing a good job with the captive deer in the breeding facilities. However, in facilities with hunting and movement of animals, both dead and live, it is believed that the game committee makes more sense to regulate them.
He said, “The Game Commission is the best fit. The Game Commission has law enforcement officers who can help enforce the rules.” He is concerned that the Department of Agriculture does not have the required enforcement capabilities when it takes into account the movement of deer taken by hunters who travel to captive deer facilities.
“The Game Commission agrees to oversee the oversight of captive deer shooting facilities in the state and the activity that occurs there,” said Travis Lau, the Game Commission’s director of communications, via email. As the agency responsible for managing and protecting Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources, ensuring compliance of these facilities with their permit requirements, and that measures to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease are continually used both inside and outside the facilities, ultimately providing the best protection for wildlife and Commonwealth habitats.”
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Senator Laughlin said it was too early to consider the NDA proposal.
“I’m not sure where I stand in that,” he said of trying to form an opinion on whether transferring power to the PGC would be a good move.
“You can clearly see that both ways. The white-tailed deer is a wild animal that belongs in Pennsylvania and frankly, it belongs in America. But when they are in a fenced area, they are considered a farm animal.” There is certainly an argument to be made on both sides of this issue. We need a little time to consider all the ramifications of any changes to this system and come up with the best.”
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Deer are regularly taken to these facilities to be hunted and Adams fears that the hunter will dispose of a carcass that might have CWD in the wild where it might infect other deer. He said that a dead deer with CWD can contaminate the soil on which it is placed for two years and infect other deer.
“The enforcement arm is a big part of this, and it helps make sure everyone plays by the rules and does everything possible to protect our wild deer resources,” Adams said of the Game Commission’s capabilities.
Brian Weepke is an outdoor columnist for the USA TODAY Network locations in Pennsylvania. Contact him at [email protected] and sign up for the weekly Go Outdoors PA newsletter on your website homepage under your login name. Follow him on social media @whipkeyoutdoors.