It’s the day all Pennsylvania big game hunters await. On Nov. 28 the rifle deer hunting season in Pennsylvania gets underway and will be welcomed by over 750,000 licensed hunters. And for those sportsmen hunting in WMUs 2A, 2C, 2D, 2F, 2G, 3B, 3C, 4B, 4D and 4E, they will be limited to a five day antlered-deer only season that ends Dec. 2. This is followed by seven days of antlered and antlerless season like the remainder of the state, with both seasons closing on Dec. 10.
For bear hunters who possess an unused bear tag, they may take a bear during the first week of the deer season in selected WMUs. Reporting requirements are the same as during the regular bear season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission reminds hunters that they have 10 days to report their deer harvest either by a mailed-in report car, online via the PGCs website, or by calling 1-855-724-8681. Hunters may report one or more harvests in a single session and should have their hunting license tag number, field harvest tag info and WMU number handy when calling in. Hunters will then receive a confirmation number that should be written down and kept as proof of reporting. Those opting for online reporting should print or save a copy of their harvest report.
For those Allentown area deer hunters heading to WMUs 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 2D, be advised there are new antler restrictions. What was formerly the four-point or better area, is now three points on the main beam, not including the brow tine. This change was made because hunters were having difficulty seeing brow tines, especially at long ranges.
If you’re heading to the north country that may have been affected by the recent storms, you can check traffic and road conditions by calling 511 or logging onto the Dept. of Transportation’s website (www.511pa.com). It’s Pennsylvania’s official travel service.
And if you’re a hunter who doesn’t eat venison, consider donating it to Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program that delivers donated venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and needy families. Pennsylvania’s program has been recognized as one of the most successful among 40 states.
When taking your meat to a processor, you may identify how much meat from the deer is to be donated. It can be from a few pounds or the entire deer. If it’s the entire deer, the hunter is asked to make a $15 tax deductible co-pay and HSH will cover the remaining processing costs. Or, the gracious sportsmen can cover the entire cost which is tax deductible. To find an HSH program call toll-free 866-474-2141.
CABELA’S OFFERS FREE BLACK FRIDAY GIFTS
To celebrate the Black Friday shopping craze, all Cabela’s stores will present gifts to the first 800 customers, ages 18 and older, in line at each store on Friday, Nov. 25 starting at 5 a.m.
In addition, Cabela’s shoppers at each store will have a chance to win a Browning A-bolt 300 WSM rifle with a Cabela’s 50th Anniversary gun case, a Cabela’s camo hooded sweatshirt or a Cabela’s $100 gift card.
Most Cabela’s stores will remain open on Black Friday until 10 p.m.
For more information check www.cabelas.com.
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