Governor signs law to expand Sunday hunting


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a law allowing additional hunting on three Sundays per year.

Senate Bill 147 permits Sunday hunting on one day during the archery deer season, one during the firearms deer season, and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The new law will take effect on Feb. 25.

Wolf said the legislation carefully balances the needs of landowners with an expanded opportunity for hunters who work or attend school during weekdays.

Hunters on private land on the selected Sundays must carry written permission from the landowner. That requirement does not apply to Sunday hunting already allowed but limited to foxes, coyotes, crows and feral hogs during open seasons.

The bill also gives game wardens the authority to investigate private-land trespassing complaints and enforce trespassing violations. Those cases previously were referred to police unless there was also a violation of game law.

Trespassing on private property while hunting will carry increased penalties and higher fines. A hunter caught trespassing for a second offense over a seven-year period will also lose their hunting license for one year.

Wolf also signed House Bill 1772, commonly referred to as the “purple paint” bill. The law allows private landowners to mark trees and fence posts with purple paint to indicate that trespassing is not allowed.

The law makes an exemption for unarmed people entering a posted property for the sole purpose of retrieving a hunting dog.

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