Pa. hunters take to the woods for 1st day of rifled deer season

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 30, 2015 5:10 AM

FILE PHOTO: Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer Terry Beer, right, checks the hunting licenses of Dante Bauccio, center, and Aaron Rech. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- One of the most popular hunting seasons of the year kicks off in Pennsylvania.

Today marks the start of the rifle deer season and that means several schools and businesses will be closed as hunters take to the fields and wood.

State Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says it's a tradition for generations of people, but there are some changes to be aware of, including what types of deer can be taken.

"There is what's known as a split-season format, where only hunting of antlered deer is permitted from the opening day of the deer season through the first Friday of the deer season," he says.

Lau says he expects to see out-of-state hunters, as well.

"A lot of the hunters from out-of-state are originally Pennsylvanians, who might have moved away (and) come back to share in that tradition with their family," he says. "(They) come back year-after-year to hunt at least on the opening day of the firearms deer season."

An estimated 750,000 Pennsylvanians are expected take part in the hunt over the next two weeks.

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