Lawsuit seeks Sunday hunting in Pa.
Hunting game, such as the white-tailed deer grazing in a grass field along Impounding Dam Road in West Manheim Township in 2011, on Sundays in Pennsylvania can result in a fine ranging between $100 to $200, said Travis Lau, spokesman for the game commission.
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#6 Jul 29, 2013
Is the newest push for Pa Sunday hunting ALL about deer?
EXACTLY WHO IS "H.U.S.H"?
Exactly who is HUSH (short for Hunters United for Sunday Hunting). That is the question everyone is asking. That is what we have explored and the results are not quite fitting in with hushes claims that this is all about the future of hunting, constitutionality etc.
Lets take an in depth look at the 4 people who make up HUSH and their motives for doing so.
First, we start with Kathy Davis, the groups founder. A known enviroextreme type, Kathy has pushed and lobbied for legislation and regulation that would lower the states deer herd for years. The causes she has championed pretty much mirror those suggested by the audubon deer forum for things "needed" to further reduce the deer herd. She has also many environmental connections, and has voted for further herd reductions on a citizen advisory committee where she took part, even though the Pa Game Commission had a set goal of stabilization. She was voted down by the majority of the other participants on the committee, and her initiative failed. She had also had an interest in obtaining a PGC commissioner seat for unit 2A, but her attempt was quashed by concerned sportsmen voicing concerns over the proposed nominee. Ms. Davis has also alienated several legislators with her percieved extremism and dogged determination when it comes to her misguided lobbying efforts. There are also multiple pgc commissioners that have also said they have "tuned her out" for the same reasons. Some members of one of the larger sportsmen groups in the state, apparently confused by so much percieved extremism, have actually inquired about her being an ANTI-hunter.
Vern Ross, another of the hush members is, interestingly enough, the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission who was a driving force behind getting deer herd reduction into place. Vern will forever be looked back upon as one of the most controversial figures in Pa game management history for the role he played in forever changing Pa deer management under the Ridge administrations deer program.
Don Heckman, a very active participant when it came to weighing in on game issues, has consistently voiced strong support for the deer management plan and reductions. Taking a very extreme stance on the issue for years. A very adament supporter of the Pa Game Commission deer plan, as were some of his close nwtf colleagues. Mr. Heckman has certainly done some good things for wild turkey management in the state, and that should not go ignored in this brief summary.
Josh First. Mr. First has quite the lengthy list of environmentalist ties. He is also very active in the environmental arena, so much so, he was pointed to as being an environmental extremist by one of the states largest sportsmen groups who opposed his nomination when he tried to gain an appointment to the Pa game commissions board of commissioners. He has also worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, Dcnr (under Tom Ridge) is on the policy council of 10,000 friends of Pennsylvania and is coordinator for 'Pa Habitat Alliance' which is headed by the Audubon Society. His environmentalism resume is far too lengthy to list here, but much informtion is available online. Mr. First also made a failed attempt to gain the senatorial seat of Pa district 15 in 2012.
Many believe that these people are nothing more than very willing pawns in the "deer wars" and it certainly looks that this may indeed be the case. Sunday hunting would go a long way towards being able to harvest more deer, and thereby further what some are calling an "environmentally extreme" agenda.
It is our belief that the unsupportable deer herd reductions and resulting maleffects of extremely low hunter satisfaction and drop out is very damaging to our hunting heritage in Pennsylvania and it has gone on long enough."
#7 Dec 13, 2014
If the US Constitution does not guarantee the right to hunt, then what is the purpose of bearing arms? To look at them? How do you think most settlers survived when they first arrived , if they did not have the religious freedom to hunt? And the U.S. Constitution expressly guarantees religious freedom, which means laws against Sunday hunting are unconstitutional. And any argument that tries to say that to ban Sunday hunting on "secular" grounds is hogwash, since that is just code word for religious grounds. And any law that says anything about Sunday is the Sabbath or Lord's day (only Saturday is the Sabbath and only Saturday is the Lord's day) and everyone should observe it is also unconstitutional. I think there are a couple of lawyers who need to turn in their law license, along with some judges. Maybe some lawmakers to. While I am aware there are a lot of Christians that go to church on Sunday, making others to obstain from God given rights upon that day is a design of none other than the devil. There should not be ANY laws forbidding any type of Sunday activity. Here I thought we were living in an age of increased learning, instead it looks like people can't get their head out of the proverbial a*s of tradition.
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