deer hunting

New look for Pennsylvania deer hunting seasons?

by MARCUS SCHNECK, The Patriot-News  |  published on December 20, 2012

Pennsylvania game commissioners want to take a look at some new seasonal arrangements for deer hunting at their meeting Jan. 27-29 in Harrisburg.

Noting the positive response from many hunters to the recently enabled Saturday opener for firearms season on bear, Commissioner David Putnam asked, “What about a Saturday opener for deer?”

Commission Executive Director Carl Roe cautioned, “Let’s look at bear a bit longer first.”

He said some areas have reported a big drop in hunter activity on the Monday of the four-day bear season, which would have previously have been opening day, and that may indicate an overall shift in hunter behavior because of the Saturday opener that the agency had not anticipated.

Concerning a Saturday opener for deer season, Calvin Dubrock, director of the commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management, said, “We just don’t know” what the impact on the deer harvest might be. “We just don’t have an answer.”

Commission staff were directed to come up with a forecast of the implications of opening the rifle season on a Saturday, which would be a major departure from decades of hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.

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