Pennsylvania firearms deer season changes - What Do You Think?

Change to start of firearms deer season approved

For the first time in more than 50 years, Pennsylvania’s firearms deer season will open on a day other than the Monday after Thanksgiving.

In voting Tuesday, April 9 to adopt seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 license year, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners established a firearms deer season to begin Saturday, Nov. 30, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said in a news release.

Moving the opening day to Saturday will create an expanded, 13-day season that includes three Saturdays.

In recent months, the Game Commission received and reviewed a plethora of public comment on the issue, and hunters’ opinions clearly were split. Many of those supporting the move to a Saturday opener said they are unable to hunt on a Monday opener because they are unable to take off work or school to do so. Many of those who supported sticking with a Monday opener cited logistical concerns with traveling to their hunting camps during the Thanksgiving weekend.