They say that one day a week should be preserved for their pleasure without the concern of encountering hunters or hearing gunfire," said PFB State Governmental Relations Director Joel Rotz.
"Those Pennsylvanians are not unlike the farmer who says to the hunter, "you have six days, can't I have one?"
also questioned the findings of an economic study on the possible impact of expanded Sunday hunting, including the absence of critical information not considered as part of the report.
"The study does not take into account the impact of activities that are already occurring on Sundays that will be reduced or displaced by Sunday hunting.
Examples include hiking, biking, horseback riding, some family time together in the countryside, and even fall foliage viewing this time of the year," added Rotz
That is the type of hunting activity I grew up with on Sundays and I believe it still holds great value in creating anticipation and interest in the sport, while providing a quality time for family," Rotz
Restrictions on Sunday hunting are no exception," continued Rotz
also responded to those who have stated that farmers can simply post "No Sunday Hunting" signs if they oppose the legislation.
"Farmers already have unfortunate encounters with hunters who ignore posted property or unintentionally trespass on their land.
The trouble of trespass will become an even worse problem if Sunday hunting is expanded.
Even if only one percent of hunters in the state end up on the wrong side of a property line, it will mean 9,300 instances of someone violating the privacy of a landowner.
Just posting "No Sunday Hunting" won't work for farmers or other landowners and the problem of enforcement becomes even more overwhelming with an expansion of Sunday hunting," said Rotz
Farm Bureau notes that the Sunday hunting debate affects all Pennsylvanians, but is concerned that the division caused by House Bill 1760 is pitting farmers against hunters, hunters against hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts against hunters.
This friction could undermine great strides taken by the Pennsylvania Game Commission
to assist farmers with wildlife damage control.
"Programs have been developed that mutually benefit hunters and farmers.
We want that progress to continue, and are concerned that this very contentious issue can erode support for hunters by Pennsylvania's general population," concluded Rotz