Firearms deer season starts Monday in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - November 29, 2009

About 750,000 hunters statewide are expected to take to the field on Monday. However, rain is forecast in some areas.

Hunters are expected to kill between 80,000 and 90,000 deer on opening day. That's almost one-third of the 300,000 deer that game officials estimate will be harvested over the course of the season.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is encouraging hunters to file their harvest reports through the agency's new online system at

Hunters still have the option to file a harvest report via postcard.

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