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Sunday hunting 'sit-in' planned

| Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, 10:34 p.m.

Those looking to overturn Pennsylvania's ban on hunting Sundays are trying something new.

The people behind Hunters United for Sunday Hunting are holding a “hunting sit-in” Sunday to “lawfully raise awareness about the archaic blue law that prohibits families from hunting many species like deer, bear, and groundhogs on Sundays.”

The group is asking sportsmen to go out that day — which is the Sunday after National Hunting and Fishing Day — on public land or private land they have permission to be on to hunt coyotes and crows, two of the three species for which Sunday hunting is legal. Hunters are asked to post pictures of themselves on social media, like Hunters United's Facebook page, share their information with lawmakers, family and friends, and talk to their local media.

“We're trying to show that the world's not going to come screeching to a halt if people go out and hunt on a Sunday,” said Kathy Davis of Speers, who came up with the idea.

Davis said Hunters United has gotten a good response so far, with several hundred people indicating they intend to participate. She's hoping even more will get involved as word spreads.

Currently, Pennsylvania is one of fewer than a dozen states that still prohibits Sunday hunting. Hunters United went to court to challenge that ban. Its case was dismissed earlier this year.

Now the group is again trying to change the law through the legislature. Davis is hoping to see a bill proposing a repeal of the ban introduced this winter.

In the meantime, the sit-in might raise some awareness of why changing the law is critical to hunting's future, said Brad Gehman, another organizer of the event. Sundays could give busy families that want to be involved in the outdoors, and pass on their heritage, an opportunity they might not otherwise have.

“I think the most important thing here is, with parents' work schedules, if you can't get dad out on a day when junior is available, junior doesn't hunt. That's why Sundays are so important,” Gehman said.

“Sundays aren't for dad to hunt. Sundays are for dad to get out and let junior hunt.”

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