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increasingly empty deer camp.
Last year, he said, only three hunters
made the trip to Huntingdon County to
stay in the camp near Orbisonia in deer
season. Work schedules have played a
major role in deflating attendance, he said.
But with the Saturday opener in place, six
more hunters - including Brian's 31-yearold son and hunting buddy Shawn - will
be heading to camp for deer season.
For Brian, who said the camaraderie
shared around the dinner table and in the
living room watching football is every
bit as important as hunting deer, a fuller
camp is a plus, even if it means making
some adjustments to his traditional holiday schedule and leaving for camp a day
earlier.
And if other camps experience similar
benefits, Fauth said he hopes a Saturday
opener - if it continues in subsequent
years - will work to keep more hunters
hunting.

Jacob Dingel

Judging by how the debate about the
Saturday opener played out on online
forums, perhaps the most-common initial
opinion about it was that of indifference.
Many, if not most, hunters expressed
they'd be hunting the opener regardless
the day of the week, and the change to
Saturday didn't really affect them.
Those who offered written comments
to the Game Commission prior to a decision on a Saturday opener overwhelmingly opposed the move. Of the 1,152
comments received, 81 percent wanted
to stick with a Monday start.
But such stark opposition to the change
was in stark contrast to what many of the
Game Commissioners found when talking to hunters in their own districts. Often
there was more support than opposition.
And while the Game Commission's
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most-recent Deer Hunter Survey reported
a 65 percent preference for a Monday
opener over a Saturday opener, it doesn't
represent those hunters who said they
have no real preference, or who might
have answered differently if they knew
the Saturday opener would result in a
longer season.
Walmer, who considers the 13-day
season a change for the better in itself,
says he's encountered far more people
who'd rather that deer season open on
Saturday instead of Monday.
"In talking to some of my hunting
buddies, they all seem to like the idea of
a Saturday opener," Walmer said. "I kept
reading about the negative part, but that's
not how all of us feel."
While individual opinions about the
Saturday opener surely might change,
too, based on experiences afield Nov. 30,
how hunters truly feel about a Saturday
opener will be crystal clear by the time
an opening day for the 2020 season is set.
Following deer season, the Game
Commission will be surveying hunters to
gauge their opinions of the 2019 season
and their thoughts about the opening
day. The agency also will be looking at
all other effects of the 2019 Saturday
opener, including whether it appeared to
increase license sales or boost participation, and how it might have impacted
hunter success.
All of these factors will be considered
when selecting the opening day for the
2020 season.

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Kelli Ritter, 19, of Barto, looks forward
to this year's opening day.
It will spare her a repeat of last season,
when the then-freshman at Bloomsburg
University extended her Thanksgiving
break by skipping three classes to hunt



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