Between 80,000 and 90,000 deer are expected to be killed on opening day, which is nearly one-third of the 300,000 deer that the Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates will be shot during the season.
The Game Commission says hunters harvested an estimated 335,850 deer in the state's 2008-09 seasons. That's up four percent from the previous seasons harvest of 323,070. Hunters killed 122,410 antlered deer and 213,440 antlerless deer.
The Game Commission is encouraging hunters to file reports through the agency's new online system at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us.