Monday was opening day of the firearms deer hunting season in Pennsylvania. Adam Evans of Harleysville took a doe on private property in Towamencin Township. He says he shot it with a muzzle-loader, which is more challenging than a modern rifle.
“You only get the one shot, and then you have to take the time to reload it, and your deer could be gone by that point in time if you don’t get your first shot off.”
He says it was a good opening day for him.
“I feel very good. It’s the first deer I’ve gotten in eight years because I was in the Navy for so long, so it feels good.”
Evans hopes to enter the big buck contest at Nanny’s Family Store in Tylersport before the season ends in two weeks. He says he used his doe tag, but he still has a buck tag. Nanny’s owner Paul Unruh says he is accepting donations for the Hunters Share the Harvest program, which helps to feed the needy. He says the emphasis will be more local this year.
“Usually in the past we’ve given it all to the Salvation Army and homeless shelters in Norristown or somewhere like that, but this year the way the economy is, there’s plenty of people right in our own neighborhood that could use the help. All they do is call here and sign up, and as soon as we get to their name we’ll see how fast the deer meat is coming in and we’ll divide it up and give whatever we can to each person.”
Unruh says he has meat in the freezer from archery season, and he hopes he gets enough in the first few days of firearms season to start giving it out in a week or so.