It's not a religious stance. It's not a selfish "my day for hunting" thing. Farmer members of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau just want to keep one day a week free of hunting risks on their farms and neighborhoods.
At last week's Pennsylvania Farm Bureau annual meeting, they voted overwhelmingly to maintain PFB's strong opposition to any legislation attempting to expand Sunday hunting in the state.
PFB has taken a lot of "heat" from the pro-Sunday hunting advocates, noted President Carl Shaffer, suggesting that the organization wasn't reflecting the changing views of its membership. "Ours is an open democratic process, all the way down to the county level," responded Shaffer. "If more legislators respected their constituencies in the same way, our country would be much better off."
PFB considered two resolutions related to Sunday hunting. One county group offered a resolution to allow State Game Lands to be opened for Sunday hunting. Another resolution proposed that Sunday hunting be allowed on private commercial hunting preserves.
Both resolutions were overwhelmingly rejected by PFB's 54 voting delegates. And, the organization overwhelmingly reaffirmed its staunch long-standing opposition to Sunday hunting in general.
"Pennsylvania farmers have once again emphatically stated that they want a day of peace and quiet on Sundays, where they can work less and enjoy more time with family and friends around the farm," said Shaffer.
"By defeating these resolutions, we're saying that we oppose any effort to change the existing Sunday hunting law," concluded Shaffer.
Hundreds of farmers from across the state attended Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's 61st annual meeting in Hershey. Resolutions are brought there from county Farm Bureau groups, put on the agenda for discussion and vote. Approved resolutions set PFB policy for the coming year.