Pennsylvania rifle deer hunting season opens
Updated On: Nov 26 2012 06:19:16 AM CST
Thanksgiving and Christmas are nice, but Monday is the preferred holiday for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians. It's the opening day of rifle deer hunting season.
Huge crowds from across the state packed into Cabela's in Hamburg as hunters got last-minute supplies.
"It's a family tradition that we've always done every year," said Michael, a hunter from York.
That tradition meant stocking up for Monday's opening day.
"Buying ammo, and buying new hunting clothes," said Hunter Moffitt of Glenville.
"Socks, a new backpack," added Joseph Pietruch of Mooresville.
Hunting is big business. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania estimates a $4.8 billion impact every year statewide. For many, it's the Keystone State's unofficial "holiday."
"My vacation time goes in for work every year for rifle season," said Pietruch.
A lot of people will tell you there are fewer deer out there. Well, yes and no. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, fewer deer are being tagged, but that's partly because there are fewer hunters out there.
Still, the state expects 750,000 hunters between now and Dec. 8, the last day of firearms season.
"I like going out and spending time with family and going around in the woods," said Moffitt.
"It's the people," added Pietruch. "It's what they were brought up with. Everybody around here -- deer hunting. It was always the thing to do."
For more information on hunting anf tagging rules, click here: www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=576240&mode=2
Copyright 2012 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Van der Sloot to be extradited -- in 2038
Official: Couple who wrote apparent suicide pact had long history of medical issues
Severed animal heads found in Monroe Co.
Man accused of using front-end loader to assault 73-year-old woman
Reward offered for veteran's missing therapy dog
2 days later, no sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Allentown pedestrians robbed at gunpoint
Mild Monday leads into warmer Tuesday
Community rallies around family-owned dairy farm recovering from barn collapse
Students help victims of brawl