FORT LOUDON, Pa. -- Keystone Country Store sold out of tree umbrellas Sunday as hunters anticipating a rainy start to buck season stopped in for last-minute purchases.
Pennsylvania's two-week firearms deer season opens Monday. The field officer forecasts on the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Web site describe the buck population as "fair to good" in numbers this year.
Hunters report seeing large bucks in the area, according to Kevin Schoenberger, one of the owners of Keystone Country Store.
"There's some skepticism about the quantity of the deer," he said.
Dominick Giordano is a New Jersey resident who regularly hunts in his home state, as well as in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada. He's been hunting for 46 years and says he hasn't missed an opening day of buck season in Pennsylvania.
"Southcentral Pennsylvania is my favorite of all the places I've been," said Giordano, who was at Keystone on Sunday. He described the region as peaceful.