New Pa. law protects farmers from others’ game violations

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation providing additional landowner liability protection for those who allow people to hunt on their land.

The new law specifically protects landowners from responsibility for game code violations committed by hunters while hunting on the landowner’s property.

The new law provides liability protection regardless of whether a landowner charges a fee or allows hunters free access to their property.

“Farmers can now be assured that they will not be held responsible for the illegal actions of others who hunt on their land,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer.

Previously, landowners could be found liable if a hunter committed a game code violation, such as taking game out of season or using a rifle during archery season.

Sen. Richard Alloway introduced the legislation (S.B. 648)

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