750K hunters are expected to head into Pennsylvania woods for start of deer season

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will tramp into the woods this week for the first day of the state's major deer hunting season.

The two-week tradition will begin Monday with temperatures reaching into the 40s and a chance of rain.

Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists say hunters will have to compete with plentiful food sources around much of the state, including acorns, apples, berries and grapes.

Commission officials say about 750,000 hunters were expected to participate in the opening day of deer season, and they expect more than 300,000 deer to be taken.

Meanwhile, regulations are in place to help contain chronic wasting disease. Hunters are not allowed to transport high-risk deer parts outside of certain areas in Adams, Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Jefferson and York counties.

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