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Game Commission mulls change in hunting season

A report from a Harrisburg TV station last month indicates that the Pennsylvania Game Commission is considering shifting the start of deer rifle season.

ABC27 news reported that the 55-year tradition of the Monday after Thanksgiving should be shifted back to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

PGC spokesman Travis Lau told ABC 27 that the “thought is by moving that opening day to Saturday, that it would give the opportunity for many more to participate in the opening day.”

Warren County Treasurer Denny Munksgard, whose office is one of the deer license venues in the county, said that he believes the “change would boost license sales a little but not significantly.”

“The Pa. Game Commission has been challenged for a number of years with declining sales, therefore I believe it will not hurt to try,” he said. “I know of families that come to Pennsylvania to visit family for Thanksgiving and to hunt. In some cases, the youth hunters can only hunt until noon on Monday and then have to travel back home to get back to school.”

He predicted a “12 percent increase in sales if they added Friday and Saturday.”

ABC27 reported that the PGC board will discuss the issue in January and added that “a final vote would come at a board meeting in April.”

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