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Can You Hunt on Sunday in Pennsylvania?

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Hunting has long been a pastime we can enjoy almost every day of the week. However, Sunday is one exception. The first day of our week is known to be a day of rest, which is why many other administrations or public utilities, such as the post office, are closed on Sunday. In most states, hunting on this day is illegal since it was a standard set by Christianity. However, not all states have this in effect anymore. Pennsylvania is one state that still prohibits hunting on Sunday, but you might want to know more. There are a few anomalies to this statement, and you can read below to find out what we mean by that. 

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Is It Against the Law To Hunt on Sunday in Pennsylvania?

Generally, you can’t hunt on Sundays in Pennsylvania. However, that only applies to the majority of the state’s wildlife. Coyotes, foxes, and crows can still be hunted on Sunday despite this rule, possibly to control their population and effects on other wildlife. Also, a handful of game birds and small mammals have specific dates for when they can be pursued. These specifications can be changed at any time, and it’s best to check this¹ site to stay up to date.

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Which States Don’t Allow Hunting on Sunday?

In the United States, almost a dozen states still make hunting on Sunday unlawful. All these areas are located on the country’s eastern side, so westerners don’t have to fret. Here is the list of those states: 

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

As seen above, most of these are in the northeast, but the Carolinas are added as well. This is partly because of the stricter practices that originated from Christianity when the states were colonized hundreds of years ago. Five of these 11 states have special circumstances: Delaware, North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, and of course, Pennsylvania.

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It seems like Sunday is the day of the week that you’re forced to stay home and relax. Yet, many hunters think that the laws regarding this no-hunting rule should be revaluated to enable the pastime every day of the week, regardless of the decisions of state legislatures across the nation.

Pennsylvanian residents are only lawfully able to hunt on a Sunday under special circumstances, and the limitations have yet to be altered. This might be sad news to some hunters since it’s a weekend day that people enjoy spending outside. However, if you live closer to a state that allows it and have permission to bring your game back into your home state, that might be something to consider. In any case, we hope this article gave you valuable information so that you don’t make the wrong decision.


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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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