Wednesday, December 18, 2019

SB147- TOOK DEDICATION TO GET GOV. WOLF SIGNATURE

Message from Executive Director, Harold Daub, Pa. Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists

Governor Tom Wolf and Executive Director, Harold Daub,  Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists shake hands during the ceremonial signing event on December 17, 2019 congratulating each other on the work and signing of Senate Bill 147.

Hunter-conservation organizations pose for a picture with Governor Wolf at the Senate Bill 147 ceremonial signing, December 17, 2019.

Due to the historic nature of Senate Bill 147 and the additional Sunday hunting opportunity it will bring to Pennsylvania outdoorsmen and women.  Senators Dan Laughlin and Senator James Brewster organized a ceremonial signing event to mark the historic change in Pa. hunting law.  The event was held by Governor Tom Wolf in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg Pa. on December 17, 2019. November 22, 2019, was another landmark achievement for hunter-conservation here in Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 147 into law amending Title 34 Game Law to allow for additional Sunday hunting opportunity as follows:
  • One day of Sunday hunting shall be instituted by the commission during the deer rifle season.
  • One day of Sunday hunting shall be instituted by the commission during the Statewide deer archery season.
  • One day of Sunday hunting as determined by the commission shall be instituted by the commission.
Pa. Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists thanks Governor Wolf for signing Senate Bill 147 into law and recognizes as you [Gov. Wolf] have stated: “This bill will provide new opportunities for hunters, especially those in high school and college, to partake in one of Pennsylvania’s most cherished pastimes and traditions.”  

As the executive director for PFSC, I am proud to say that our organization has accomplished another milestone and affected the establishment of this law.  

Sunday hunting has been a 20-year struggle in this state. It is not lost on me that many organizations have worked and failed until recently. The effort that brought forth SB147 was started just 18 months ago in March 2018 when a group of disgruntled hunters gathered and said enough is enough we want more hunting opportunity. 

Since that day 20 hunter-conservation organizations have come together for a common goal to get full regulatory authority transferred to the Pa. Game Commission to decide what is best for our wildlife resources in regards to hunting.  

We must pay attention to what is in front of us. Hunting has changed, conservation has changed, we have changed, and we must continue to evolve and embrace what lies ahead. Senate Bill 147 and Sunday hunting is just an example of why we must become more inclusive and strive for the optimization of opportunity if we want to increase participation rates for our outdoor heritage.

PFSC has been handed a gift as being seen as instrumental in bringing Sunday hunting opportunity to Pa. I for one am embracing that, I ask you all to do the same. Victories don't come easy in conservation nowadays, it takes a lot of work, dedication, and effort.  

The Federation has been showing that commitment since 1932 to this commonwealth. I take pride in our part seeing that Governor Wolf signed and made Senate Bill 147 law on the date of November 22, 2019. 

Sincerely;

Harold Daub
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen & Conservationists

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