It’s official: Pa. moves deer hunting season opening day

Tony Romeo
April 09, 2019 - 5:42 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — It’s the end of a decades-long tradition in Pennsylvania. 

The Game Commission has given final approval to this year’s deer rifle-hunting season, moving the first day up from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday after the holiday. 

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For many who grew up in Pennsylvania, the Monday after Thanksgiving was always a school holiday. But even though fewer school districts do that, Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says the reason for moving deer hunting opening day to the Saturday after Thanksgiving has to do with lots of people who can’t get the day off.

“Some commissioners, when asked directly about their reasons said no, it’s not so much about those younger hunters as it is about those working class hunters that with a Monday opener usually can’t get off," said Lau. 

But Lau also says this is a divisive issue among hunters, with, for example, those who are accustomed to Saturday being a travel day to camp opposed to the change. 

This year’s season will be 13 days long with three Saturdays. Sunday hunting remains illegal. 

The Game Commission had preliminarily approved the change earlier this year; now it’s official.