Game Commission Says Change To Saturday For First Day Of Deer Season May Not Be Permanent

The Board that oversees the Pennsylvania Game Commission is signaling that moving the start of the rifle deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving rather than the Monday after Thanksgiving for 2019 may not be a permanent change. While those hunters who have trouble getting off work for the Monday opener were happy about the move it’s clear that many hunters who travel considerable distances to their hunting camps, and now must do so earlier in the holiday weekend, strongly oppose the Saturday start. Tim Layton, President of the Board of Game Commissioners, told the state House Game & Fisheries Committee recently that the Game Commission will study the 2019 Saturday start before selecting opening day for 2020 season. Specifically, Layton says the commissioners will be looking to see if there’s evidence the Saturday opener increased hunting license sales and hunter success, and as well as gauging the opinions of hunters who will have taken part in the state’s first Saturday opener in more than 5 decades. Jim Chyko, of Bloomsburg, who opposes the Saturday start, thinks the best way to get accurate data is to ask everyone buying a hunting license about their preference for opening day.