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I’m not a fan of this Saturday start of deer season. Everyone says well you don’t have to hunt and I won’t, but my son will be. He would have been hunting on Monday anyhow. Honestly they say you don’t have to hunt, but that’s like telling a race car driver he doesn’t have to race. Of course he/she is gonna race that’s what they do. It truly ruins the camp experience and the camaraderie of owning and being part of a camp. They are jamming everything into 1. Hopefully they switch back or at least start it on Sunday next year.
For those who remember the days of the old sole doe season it was great cause you had 2 first days and another fun trip to camp with high expectations. Actually make that 3... bear, buck, and then doe.
I would love to see the real number of “new” hunters just because of the new start date, but I’m sure that will get lost along with their gas royalty fees.
 

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Yeah if they insist on the Saturday start I would like to see it moved to the next weekend. To much jammed in here this weekend.
Friday traffic should be great here in central pa. Rutgers is playing at psu this weekend. Black Friday shoppers, holiday travelers, guys heading for camp. This will have to be a record for travel in pa. This weekend.
We always seem to get snow in the old doe season. Why I’d like to see rifle moved back to cover that week.
 

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Weatherwise......this year looks like Friday will be a better travel day to camp vs Sunday!! :smile2:
 

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I’m not a fan of this Saturday start of deer season. Everyone says well you don’t have to hunt and I won’t, but my son will be. He would have been hunting on Monday anyhow. Honestly they say you don’t have to hunt, but that’s like telling a race car driver he doesn’t have to race. Of course he/she is gonna race that’s what they do. It truly ruins the camp experience and the camaraderie of owning and being part of a camp. They are jamming everything into 1. Hopefully they switch back or at least start it on Sunday next year.
For those who remember the days of the old sole doe season it was great cause you had 2 first days and another fun trip to camp with high expectations. Actually make that 3... bear, buck, and then doe.
I would love to see the real number of “new” hunters just because of the new start date, but I’m sure that will get lost along with their gas royalty fees.
I don't go to a camp anymore,but understand what you are saying.As a teenage hunter my father would drive us to a friends camp and he would not leave until mid Sunday morning which left little time to get settled,but it all worked out,deer were seen or harvested still and all had a good time.Even for those that don't have a camp to go to it does affect us also as being pressed for time if you need to do some extra scouting on public.As far as new hunter recruit or getting previous hunters on board I think it varies.In my case my young adult daughter is going to try deer hunting again since the opener is on Saturday.Work would have prevented her from going Monday.Other people may have hard time getting off work on weekends vs a weekday.Next year they may throw that Sunday day of hunting in on opening weekend.?
 

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Saturday will mark the first time in my entire life that I will not be in the woods at all on the opening day of rifle season. Rifle season is my favorite deer season. I've already discussed it with my dad and he is in agreement. Everyone asks where are all the camps for sale. Well, we are keeping ours through trout season to enjoy one more and then ours is for sale. There are other factors, but this Saturday opener is the straw that broke the camel's back for us. I've had enough.
Either way, best of luck to all the next couple weeks.
 

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I'm waiting to go to camp till next weekend. The logistics of heading to camp for Saturday doesn't work, considering family stuff ends at about 6:00 Friday night and camp is 3 hours away. I'll head out around home Saturday. Have fun all which ever way you head!
 

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I don’t like the Saturday start, but I’ll be driving up to camp near Snow Shoe later this evening. Doesn’t leave me a lot of time, but there’s really nothing I need to prep in the woods or camp, with the exception of hanging my climber.
 

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we have a couple guys going up to camp near ridgway today.my grandson and I are going up early in the am and acouple after that.we will hunt hard for our 1 day and head home sunday. then go back up for the last weekend to hunt Friday and sat . a new tradition I guess
 

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I was out with my Dad food shopping for this weekend and he made a comment that with the Saturday opener he just isn’t into it like he usually is. Normally we treat the weekend like a vacation, a 3 day get away before the season starts on Monday. Having the opener on Saturday really kills any relaxation aspect of it for us and now it’s basically just work right from the get go.

I don’t know how the rest of you hunt but we hunt as a group, Monday we sit in the morning, drive the midday and hunt the evening. I’ve had days where I’ve walked 7 miles up and down ridges trying to drive deer to the standers. It’s fun but you’re beat by the end of the day and you have to head to bed early to get up at 3 am the next day and do it all over again. Then after hunting and driving Tuesday morning we spend the rest of the day butchering and packing up to leave.

The Saturday opener starts that process two days earlier which means we go to bed early Friday, hunt hard Saturday and butcher Sunday only to go to bed early and do it again on Monday. It leaves no downtime for even simply hanging out sharing drinks around a campfire because there is always work to be done. And with 11 guys coming up for the opener with a bunch of DMAP tags we are sure to have 6+ deer on the ground Saturday which means we will spend the majority of the day Sunday butchering and packaging the meat to make less work on Tuesday.

And last time this topic was brought up there were members here that scoffed at the fact that people would rather have that weekend for hanging out with friends and family up the mountains getting ready to go hunting instead of actually hunting. Honestly if it wasn’t for my family and friends hunting here I’d probably never hunt in PA again and instead spend my money heading out west on long range spot and stalk hunts which is far more what I’m into and is near nonexistent here.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that for some of us who we hunt with and the traditions surrounding it are far more important than the actual hunting itself.
 

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I also agree with not liking the Saturday opener. We ,8-10 of us usually arrive Friday morning, stack some wood on the side porch, start a fire outside and have some beverages and game birds cooking. We will move a stand if needed, check trail cameras, and the such, as well as visiting other camps and have them visit us. This will continue into Saturday. We will hunt Saturday, but it’s gonna be different.I agree it’s like a pre vacation(Friday,Saturday and Sunday)to one of the most anticipated times of the year for us. We are so busy outside of this with work, kids and the honey do list, this when we get to spend time together.I hope it goes back to the TRADITION of PA deer hunting !! Good luck to all and safe travels.
 

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Saturday will mark the first time in my entire life that I will not be in the woods at all on the opening day of rifle season. Rifle season is my favorite deer season. I've already discussed it with my dad and he is in agreement. Everyone asks where are all the camps for sale. Well, we are keeping ours through trout season to enjoy one more and then ours is for sale. There are other factors, but this Saturday opener is the straw that broke the camel's back for us. I've had enough.
Either way, best of luck to all the next couple weeks.

Its unfortunate but Ive heard this same thing from many others. Guys not going to camp, some just cant get there for sat. and some just quit or not even buying a license. Hope we look back 5 years from now and see it all worked out but from how it looks now, well, it ain't gonna be good.
 

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I have a hard time understanding how the opener being on Saturday changes anything for those who wish to follow traditions. Is there a mandate that hunters have to be out? Can you not do things just as you've done previously and simply ignore the fact that that extra day is there?

A genuine query as I simply don't understand all the angst over this.
 

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We’re heading up tomorrow morning and staying through Monday. I wasn’t for the Saturday opener at first but I think it will work out for us quite well. Hang out Friday hunt Saturday, hang out Sunday and hunt Monday. I know the distance and the way I hunt in the big woods it exhausts me one day let alone two days in a row. Sunday will be a welcome break. Grant it I got a buck in archery so I will just be a “guide” for my dad. ( just as good as me hunting in my book)
 

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I guess what I’m trying to say is that for some of us who we hunt with and the traditions surrounding it are far more important than the actual hunting itself.
^^^This says it all.

Made the 122 mile trip tonight , in the dark, after eating dinner at my son’s place. Got to camp at 7:00 pm. Funny thing...I traveled 100 miles of I 80 , never saw one vehicle that looked to be heading to camp. ( deer racks, quads, treestands etc) Maybe folks will travel tomorrow.

One thing I can all but guarantee....a Saturday opener is here to stay. All the talk the PGC uttered about revisiting a Saturday opener for the future was just mumbo jumbo to temporarily quell the dissension of changing the opener. What with the Sunday hunting approved, it has already been said that one of the hunting Sundays would be the day following the opener.
 

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^^^This says it all.

Made the 122 mile trip tonight , in the dark, after eating dinner at my son’s place. Got to camp at 7:00 pm. Funny thing...I traveled 100 miles of I 80 , never saw one vehicle that looked to be heading to camp. ( deer racks, quads, treestands etc) Maybe folks will travel tomorrow.

One thing I can all but guarantee....a Saturday opener is here to stay. All the talk the PGC uttered about revisiting a Saturday opener for the future was just mumbo jumbo to temporarily quell the dissension of changing the opener. What with the Sunday hunting approved, it has already been said that one of the hunting Sundays would be the day following the opener.
They never said it would be the day after the opener, They said a day in rifle, day in archery, and 1 of their choosing.
 

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9 hunters Friday at camp and not one complaint "yet" about Saturday being opening day. Just have to wait and see for a better opinion. People selling there camps because of this??? Sorry excuse to me
If something miniscule like this causes someone to sell their hunting camp....well all I can say is that it really wasn't a true hunting camp.
 

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Sure feels different after 20 years of routine. But I am all packed up, alarm is set for 5:30. Going to stop at a squirrel spot on the way to camp, should be drinking a frosty beverage by 1 or 2. I think the world is going to keep spinning. Good luck everyone!
 
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