Hunters have entered the woods for the start of rifle deer season, which begins today.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, there are a few things rifle hunters need to remember. The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation that enables the commission to regulate the use of semiautomatic rifles and air rifles for hunting. The bill was singed into law this week, the commission reported.
For deer hunters, that means centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns to be used must be manually operated. The only exception is that semiautomatic shotguns may be used to hunt deer in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester Delaware, and Montgomery. They are defined as Special Regulations Areas, the commission explained.
Semiautomatic rifles generally are not permitted for any type of hunting in any part of the state at this time. Hunters must also have their license with them.
Are you participating in Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season?