Rifle deer season brings in fewer hunters

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Jim Gibson, who is from Lititz, was proud to bring his eight-point buck to Bair’s Deer Processing in Elizabethtown. He told ABC27 News the first day of deer rifle season was a success for him.

“Most people would love to have a deer like that,” Gibson said. “I had a great day. By 7:15 a.m. I saw about 30 deer and two bucks.”

Gibson was one of 550,000 hunters expected to head into Pennsylvania woods on Monday.

In previous years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission estimated there were 750,000 people that would take part in deer rifle season.

Game Commission officials told ABC27 News they see more hunters switching to archery.

“Our archery license sales have increased substantially every year since 2007,” Robert D’Angelo, coordinator of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s big game records program, said.

D’Angelo also pointed out to ABC27 News that archery season starts earlier and lasts longer. He also said more hunters are turning to archery because of crossbows.

“They’re a very accurate sporting arm,” D’Angelo said. “They don’t take as much practice as a compound bow would. So somebody could pick up a crossbow, sight it in, practice a little. After that you can be a very effective deer hunter.”

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