Pennsylvania's Deer Season For Hunters With Rifles Starts

Andrew Cummings
November 29, 2017

Walker signed a Republican bill on November 13 doing away with the 10-year-old minimum age to participate in a mentored hunt.

"So far today there's been about 8 people check-in deer and the rest have been coming in since yesterday buying their hunting license and their tags for today because today is the first day of gun season", said Kathy McCann, owner of Dillon Falls Store, a tagging and licensing location.

The game commission expects a big kill this year. Fifty-two licenses went to children under age 5, with 10 going to a child under a year old. According to Department of Natural Resources data on its website, five male hunters accidentally shot themselves during the season.

The previous law set a minimum age of 10 and allowed only one firearm or bow.

Another change is the state's Apprentice Hunting License Program.

And since the state stopped issuing paper licenses and backtags in recent years, the license is purchased as a digital authorization. For the season, the state sold 588,387 gun deer hunting licenses, down 2% from 2016.

The rifle season opened just before sunrise on Monday and continues through December 9. Archery and crossbow season for most of the state ends January 7.

Experts said hunters will bag about 25 percent of the season's harvest, roughly 83-thousand deer, on opening day.

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