Semi-automatic shotguns are OK
TO INTELL EDITORS:
I read the Jan. 28 editorial, "Reed's brave stand" and noticed this error: "Hunters may not hunt with semi-automatic weapons."
Semi-automatic shotguns are legal in some instances for hunting in Pennsylvania fields and woods.
I have been a hunter in Pennsylvania for over 60 years and many times have used semi-autos for taking game. Semi-autos are legal for taking some small game, crows and waterfowl.
Turkeys, while considered big game by the game commission, may be hunted with semi-auto shotguns.
Other big game deer, bear and elk can only be hunted with hand-operated weapons.
For more information, see the 2012/2013 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.