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Pa. Game Commission OKs seasons, 3 Sunday hunts
Apr 9, 2020 10:52 ET

[Reprinted from original]

Commissioners hold quarterly meeting online because of COVID-19 pandemic

Pennsylvania hunters will experience a second consecutive Saturday opener to deer season and will have the option to hunt on three Sundays in November.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission met virtually Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic and approved the hunting/trapping seasons and bag limits for the 2020-21 seasons.

Among the most notable developments were that the regular white-tailed deer firearms season will begin Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This will be the second consecutive year that the season will start on a Saturday.

The 2019 regular deer opener also took place on a Saturday, ending more than half a century of tradition during which hunting season started on the Monday after Thanksgiving. The PGC announced earlier this year that the 2019 Saturday opener appeared to have the desired effect of luring more hunters overall and more younger hunters.

For the first time in 2020, hunters also will be able to hunt deer on a Sunday, as the PGC voted to allow hunting on Nov. 29, the day after the opener.

The PGC also will allow hunting on two other Sundays: Nov. 15 for archery deer hunting and Nov. 22 for bear hunting during the bear firearms season.

Check out the final 2020-21 seasons and bag limits.

Here are other highlights from the PGC meeting.