Pennsylvania Game News - August 2020 - 10

Saturday opener is a return to business
as usual, with the exception that hunters now have eight consecutive days to
start the season.
In the 2019 firearms deer season, 43
percent of the buck harvest came on the
Saturday opener. It was followed by
13 percent on the first Monday and 14
percent on the second Saturday - also
the statewide start of concurrent hunting
for antlered and antlerless deer.
This fall, with the second day of the
firearms deer season occurring on a
Sunday - a day when most hunters are
off from work - there's a reasonable
expectation for an uptick in second-day
participation and buck harvest compared to seasons when the second day
was a Monday or Tuesday.
But will hunters go?
A lot of folks have championed
Sunday hunting for years. But the
truth is, if they've already taken a buck
during archery season, they're done
buck hunting. Deer-hunter surveys also
have shown some hunters are more content to stay home when there's venison
in the freezer, even if it's a bow doe.
In New York, which has had Sunday
hunting since the 1990s, the results are
telling.
"In the three years for which New
York provided data, Sunday was consistently the second-highest harvest day
after the opening day," said Christopher
Rosenberry, Game Commission Deer
and Elk Section supervisor.
The Sunday following a Saturday
firearms opener is also a key harvest
day in Maryland.
"In the years for which harvest data
was provided, that first Sunday and
second Saturday are similar in harvest
levels, but it does vary by year," Rosen10

berry noted. "Normally, the Sunday
harvest is higher, but not every year."
In both New York and Maryland,
two-day weekend openers have turned
out to be a beneficial arrangement for
hunters and they've helped to keep
deer-management programs on course.
"Weather appears to play a role in
opening weekend harvests," Rosenberry said. "If the opening Saturday
experiences bad weather, Sunday provides an opportunity to recover some
harvest."
Pennsylvania's deer hunter numbers
exceed both New York's and Maryland's. So the possibility for a sizable
buck harvest on a second-day Sunday
seems likely, given participation in
neighboring states.
The only unknown here, other than
weather, is if second-day Sunday
hunting will be as attractive in Pennsylvania - where hunters in 10 of the
state's 23 Wildlife Management Units
are limited to buck hunting, unless on
Deer Management Assistance Program
properties. In New York and Maryland,
either-sex deer hunting is permitted.
But the wild card is the opening
weekend format. Because Sunday deer
hunting long has been prohibited in
Pennsylvania, the state's never had a
Saturday-Sunday opening to the season.
Given Pennsylvania's number of deer
hunters and their likelihood of being
off work and school the first two days,
the potential exists for great success.
History also supports the potential
for a large Sunday harvest. Three of the
top four buck-harvest days in almost
every Pennsylvania firearms season
in recent times are the opener and the
Saturdays following it. And daily harvest statistics also indicate hunters take



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