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Bill would protect landowners who permit hunting on property

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 14, 2013 8:40 AM

(Harrisburg) -- One midstate lawmaker has proposed protecting landowners who allow hunters to use their properties. 

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Democratic Representative Neal Goodman of Schuylkill County has introduced a bill that would ensure landowners aren't penalized for any hunting violations committed by people with permission to hunt on their properties.

He says the move would help Pennsylvanians find available hunting land. "One of the difficult things is actually getting access to hunting property, and the reason for that is because a lot of landowners are nervous that if they grant permission, and I would commit a violation, that they would somehow be drug into court and also held responsible for the violations that a hunter committed."

The bill is also cosponsored by Carbon County Republican Doyle Heffley.

The state has more than 900,000 hunters.

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