Hunters United for Sunday hunting
Hunters United for Sunday Hunting (HUSH)is a registered non-profit charitable organization founded and funded by hunters in order to challenge the legality of the ban on Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. With the grass-roots support of hunters like you, HUSH intends to overturn the Sunday hunting ban, the last blue-law in Pennsylvania that restricts an otherwise lawful recreational activity on Sundays.
Our objective is to grant the regulatory control of Sunday hunting to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) who supports the lifting of the ban.
How can the ban be lifted, and what will be done?
Constitutional scholars reviewed the PA law that placed the ban on Sunday hunting. They have determined that in light of both recent and past court rulings, the law banning Sunday hunting will most likely be overturned when it is challenged.
Over the past 10 years, the Pennsylvania Legislature has debated this topic numerous times. In this case anti-hunters are setting hunting related policies. The Humane Society of the United States; a known anti-hunting group; has lobbied our legislators to keep the Sunday Hunting ban in place. Turning over the control of Sunday hunting to the PGC ensures that hunting policies will be left to PGC biologists and Commissioners who have knowledge both in hunting practices and in ensuring healthy game populations.
Upon the removal of the Sunday hunting ban, the PGC has stated that they will enact a slow and measured approach to implementing Sunday hunting in order to maintain wildlife populations.
Why should the ban be removed?
Pennsylvania recruits only sixty eight hunters for every one hundred it loses. With the number of hunters in Pennsylvania decreasing, it is important to keep hunting traditions alive by allowing more time for young hunters to get out in the field. Research shows that the best way to recruit new hunters is to have a family member introduce them to hunting.
The time constraints and complications brought on by modern life have made it difficult for hunters to get young hunters out on the field. With an increase in single parent families and in families with multiple working adults, it is challenging to find time to hunt during the work week. With the current ban, some families are left with just one day a week to hunt. Lifting the ban on Sunday hunting will offer Pennsylvania families an opportunity of a second day to hunt on the weekends if they wish to take it. Hunting is one of the greatest opportunities for families to spend quality time together.
What are the challenges, and how can we make a difference?
It is difficult for the common person to challenge legislative laws due to the extreme cost of such Constitutional challenges. Estimates of the potential cost have ranged between $40,000 and $50,000. However, with a combined effort of both Pennsylvania hunters and hunters across the United States, hunters can and WILL make the difference.
To further this cause, we are asking hunters to take ownership of this challenge. HUSH will provide the avenue for hunters to challenge and change the Pennsylvania laws that ban Sunday hunting. By donating what you can, $10, $20, $50, or a $100; and then getting the word out to every one of your friends who supports this effort; hunters can share the cost of this challenge. It is hunters like you who will make the difference, not only for yourselves, but for your children, your grandchildren, and for the future of hunting traditions in Pennsylvania.