Hunters face huge changes for the deer hunting season to open on Saturday
On Saturday, November 28, Pennsylvania hunters will embark on a deer gun hunting season unlike any before.
For the first time since the establishment of the Pennsylvania Game Commission in 1895, Pennsylvanians will be allowed to hunt deer on a Sunday. This new opportunity presents itself on Sunday, November 29, creating something else that no modern hunter has ever seen in Pennsylvania: a full opening weekend.
Additionally, for the first time, hunters will be allowed to attempt to shoot a second deer before scoring a first deer they have already shot. They will need to have the proper tags for both deer and still will not be able to move any deer until it is tagged.
Pennsylvania’s gun season has historically drawn the largest crowds of all hunting seasons and has been the state’s primary deer management tool for over a century. And this is widely anticipated by hunters.
“Every deer hunter wants to be far away for the opening of the championship,” said commission executive director Bryan Burhans. “They spend days and days scouting, checking their gear and packing their bags.
“When sitting in the dark, waiting for the light of day and hoping to earn a big dollar ahead, most deer hunters couldn’t be happier, especially if their son or granddaughter joined them. It is a rewarding experience, no matter what. “
The season will run until Saturday December 12.
In wildlife management units 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B, 4D, 5A, 5C and 5D, simultaneous deer hunting with and without antlers is authorized throughout the season for deer with arms fire.
In all other WMUs – 1A, 1B, 2A, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4E and 5B – a seven day antler season will be followed by a simultaneous seven day season. days.
Deer hunters must wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange cloth on their combined head, chest, and back during gun season. The commission notes that a hat and an orange jacket will meet the requirement.
- The deer killed in the 2019-2020 hunting seasons are the highest since 2004-05, according to Pa. Game Commission
Non-hunters who may be abroad during deer season and other hunting seasons are advised to wear orange as well.
Hunters aged 12 to 16 who are certified by the commission’s hunter-trapper education program can obtain junior licenses, the cheapest of which costs $ 6.90 for residents and $ 41.90 for non -residents.
To take an antlerless deer, a hunter must have an antlerless deer license or a deer management assistance program license.
A DMAP permit can be used throughout the 14 day gun season, but only on the specific property for which it is issued.
The Antlerless Deer License can be used anywhere in the Wildlife Management Unit for which it is issued. They can only be used during the antlerless hunting portion of the firearms season in this WMU.
If you harvest a deer in any of the 2020-21s and want to share a photo of yourself with your trophy with PennLive readers, send the photo, along with name, hometown, date, time and the county where you shot the deer. to Marcus Schneck at [email protected].