Happy Hunters on First Day of Rifle Deer Season

MORELAND TOWNSHIP -- The first day of rifle deer season is a tradition for many families hoping to get a trophy buck.

Mark Shaner of Moreland Township trekked into the woods on Monday carrying only his rifle, but if things go as planned, He'll be leaving with a deer in tow.

"I've got quite a few bucks, but I've missed a lot too," Shaner said.

We met Shaner by his hunting blind on his property near Hughesville. He planned to spend a couple hours there.

"If I don't see nothing, I just leave," he said.

Even if he doesn't bag a buck, hunting on the first Monday after Thanksgiving is something of a holiday for hunters like Shaner.

Dozens of hunters that made their shot near Muncy ended up at the venison processing shop behind Springman's Country Store.

The first hunter brought in their deer around 8:30 a.m. Workers expect nearly 100 deer will come in to the processing center by the end of the day.

"It all depends. A lot of the guys will want to stay at deer camp and don't bring them in until the end of the day, so it all depends on the weather and what they want to do," said T.J. Springman at the venison shop.

13-year-old Chase Crawley and his dad both shot a buck on the first day.

"All of a sudden it came out and I had like a small window to shoot," Chase said.

With his dad right there with him, Chase took the shot.

"I was like jumping up and down," Chase said.

"I wanted him to get one. I didn't expect to get one," said his dad Seth.

Rifle deer season in Pennsylvania lasts until December 10.