Sportsmen's groups from Pennsylvania and across the nation are expressing disappointment at the leadership of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in maintaining its selfish opposition to any legislation that would attempt to expand Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. During PFB's 61st annual meeting this week in Hershey, no changes were approved to PFB's existing policy, which opposes any expansion of Sunday hunting.
While supporting the right of farmers to close their land to Sunday hunting, sportsmen are dismay that the PFB is attempting to force its views on other land owners and opposing hunting on State Game Lands. Of 158 total resolutions considered by the PFB, two of those resolutions related to the Sunday hunting issue.
One county Farm Bureau offered a resolution that would allow State Game Lands to be opened for Sunday hunting, while another county Farm Bureau submitted a resolution proposing that Sunday hunting be allowed on private commercial hunting preserves. Both resolutions were overwhelmingly rejected by delegates from PFB's 54 County Farm Bureaus, which represent members from Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
In addition, PFB reaffirmed its staunch opposition to Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania by overwhelmingly rejecting a motion offered from the delegate floor to change the farm organization's long standing policy on Sunday hunting. This ongoing anti-hunting stance is seen as a major detriment to the recruitment and in the retention of new hunters, as well as having a negative impact on the statewide economy.
Hunters who take a bear during the current firearms season, today through Wednesday, must take it to one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission check stations within 24 hours. Check stations – which are listed on Page 37 of the "2011-12 Hunting and Trapping Digest" – are open today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Those hunters taking a bear during the extended seasons during the first week of the firearms deer season should consult the list of available check stations detailed on Page 38 of the digest. Days, hours and locations of check stations open during the extended seasons may differ from those open during the general season.
This year, the Game Commission has listed global positioning coordinates for hunters to plug into a GPS to help them find the nearest check station. Coordinates for the check stations in Fulton, Huntingdon and Union counties, however, are listed incorrectly in the digest.
This week's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, Sunday, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature "Must Have Outdoors" television co-host Katie Howard.
Topton Fish and Game Association will hold a muzzleloader woodswalk for flintlock and percussion rifles, Sunday, at 8 a.m. For information, call Bob Smith at (610) 797-7844 or Rich Miller at (215) 536-9271.
Friedensburg Fish and Game will hold sporting clays, Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For information, call Lamar Hummel at (570) 617-8416.
Hunters traveling during the current bear and upcoming deer seasons are able to check traffic and road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of roadways by calling 511 or logging onto the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's website at www.511pa.com  before leaving for their trip.