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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 8, 2023 11:19 AM
From: Representative Brian Smith
To: All House members
Subject: Deer Season Opening Day Back to Monday (updated)
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation which would amend Title 34 to return the opening day of antlered deer rifle season to the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

When the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) changed the opening day of antlered deer rifle season to the Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday, they disrupted the positive economic impact that many small businesses and volunteer organizations experienced in years past. In changing the opening day to Saturday, they took away the family time that was traditional for many that weekend, as hunters now have to leave earlier for deer camp. This also meant losing the family traditions of attending fundraising events and of shopping on Friday and small business Saturday. The loss of revenue to these small business owners, volunteer fire companies and other volunteer organizations has been devastating to their bottom line.

My proposed legislation would return the opening day of antlered deer rifle season to the Monday after Thanksgiving. In doing this I hope to bring back harmony between hunting season and the success of small businesses during the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Please consider cosponsoring this piece of legislation.
Thank you.

Introduced as HB495