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Heath Gaston (left), a State Game Lands maintenance worker, and Game Warden Patrick Snickles, weigh in the third bear of the day, at the South West Region bear check station inside the Homer City Fire Department in Homer City, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The bear weighed in at 373 pounds and was killed by Andrew Ruffner of Kittanning, in Armstrong county earlier in the morning.Heath Gaston (left), a State Game Lands maintenance worker, and Game Warden Patrick Snickles, weigh in the third bear of the day, at the South West Region bear check station inside the Homer City Fire Department in Homer City, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The bear weighed in at 373 pounds and was killed by Andrew Ruffner of Kittanning, in Armstrong county earlier in the morning.
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Ryan Zeek, center, checks the performance of his customized caliber rifle, flanked by friend Isaac James, left, and father-in-law Dale Counihan, at Greater Ferndale Sportsmen's Club in rural Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pa., Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Zeek plans to participate in Pennsylvania's annual two-week deer firearms season, which begins Monday, Nov. 26. (John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

HARRISBURG — Thanksgiving is over, but for many around Pennsylvania, Monday marks the start of an unofficial holiday: the opening of deer rifle season.

The season goes until Dec. 8.

Hunters are only allowed to take deer with antlers until Friday. After that, both antlered and antlerless deer can be taken.

The game commission says unseasonably warm weather, high levels of precipitation and a later-than-normal leaf drop have made it more difficult to track deer movements this fall.

The commission is encouraging hunters to scout for deer before setting up their spot.

Also this year, deer hunters are helping to feed those in need around the state.

The state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest program lets hunters donate their deer to food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families.

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