By Chris Berens, D&DH Intern
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously voted on June 15 to halt the required use of back tags for deer hunting in the state. According to the state’s GOP, Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), an avid sportsman, introduced the bill after the Pennsylvania Game Commission launched the notion forward.
Gillespie maintains that back tags are inconvenient, outdated and often easy to lose while hunting. Back tags have been a means of visual license identification of hunters and part of deer hunting laws for years, but any citizen can still ask to see a hunter’s license for proof. New York and Wisconsin are two other states that still require hunters to wear back tags.
The Gillespie bill, as it has become known as, is now awaiting a vote in the state Senate. Gillespie is a member of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.
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