Rifle deer hunting season changes for the first time in over half a century

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Rifle season is set to start sooner for deer hunters this year.

After half a century of beginning the harvest the Monday after Thanksgiving, a vote this morning moves the start of the hunt to the Saturday after Thanksgiving instead.

The traditional Monday after Thanksgiving opener started back in 1963. The PA Game Commission votes 5-3 today to slide the date forward by a couple of days.

The reason for advancing the start day is to accommodate shifting hunting demographics and to create more opportunities for hunters to participate in the harvest.

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