Game commission to steer hunters to prime spots as rifle season opens

FISHER, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania deer hunters are getting an assist from the state when rifle season opens Monday.

The state Game Commission is using bright yellow-and-green signs to steer them to sections of state game lands where it is working to restore the forest vegetation and habitat that attract deer.

It’s a reversal of past practice, when the state erected fences to keep deer out of such areas while they are being actively managed.

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By pointing hunters to the 35 newly created “Deer Hunter Focus Areas” spread across 30 counties, the Game Commission hopes enough deer will be killed to safeguard the rebounding vegetation meant to draw deer in the first place.

The Game Commission and sportsmen also see helping Pennsylvanians have a successful hunt as important to the future of the sport as the number of hunters has declined.

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