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PA Game Commission Considers Saturday Opener for Deer Hunting

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania State Game Commission is considering making a big change to the sport of hunting — changing opening day for rifle deer season.

“I don’t know, I don’t know why they would want to change it because it’s been a tradition the Monday after Thanksgiving and it was also fine with me. I don’t know. That is my opinion,” said Gary Borger, Kunkletown.

The Game Commission is considering moving opening day from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Doug Stewart from Sweet Valley is a hunter and says whatever date the commission chooses, it doesn’t matter to him.

“Well, I get laid off, so I get the whole season off, so it really doesn’t impact me, but I sympathize with the guys who have kids so they get to take them out on Saturday, so I think it’s probably a good thing for guys like that,” said Stewart.

Some hunters we spoke to believe that by changing the opening day from Monday to Saturday, it might encourage more people to get out and hunt.

“I think a lot of guys are losing interest and it’s harder to find places to hunt,” said Stewart.

Thad Janusc from Stroud Township thinks the change might also be beneficial to people who don’t want to take off work.

“A lot of people can’t get off on a Monday and Saturday would mean they get an extra day in,” said  Janusc.

If the Game Commission approves the change at Tuesday’s meeting, it’s only preliminary. They will have to make a final vote in April.


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