New protections for landowners who allow hunting

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Nov 12, 2013 3:13 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett has recently signed a bill drafted to better protect landowners who allow hunting on their properties. The new law will be in effect for the fall hunting seasons.

Farmers and other landowners can no longer be held liable if sportsmen violate the state game code while hunting on their properties.

The two-page bill has been a priority for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Spokesman Mark O'Neill says it may open the door for more farmers to let hunters use their land.

"If a farmer is going out of his way allowing someone to come onto their property to hunt -- and theoretically they understand the hunting code and should know the hunting code -- if they make a violation we didn't think the farmer should be responsible for paying a fine or a fee or anything else because of that," he explains.

O'Neill says farmers and other private landowners own 80 percent of the huntable land in the Commonwealth.

Adams County state Senator Richard Alloway was the measure's prime sponsor.

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