Hunters prepare to head into the woods for rifle deer season

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DILLSBURG, YORK COUNTY, Pa.– In just a few hours, hunters across the state will head into the woods, hoping to set their sights on a buck.

In preparation for rifle deer season, local gun ranges saw an influx of hunters on Sunday. Many were sighting their rifles for opening day.  Many say hunting is not just about shooting a deer, but making memories.

“Lately it’s just about spending time with the children out there together and making those memories. You always have some story to tell after hunting season,” said Christopher Merlina of Gettysburg.

Michael Ilgenfritz, of York says, “I’m pretty excited. I had my license since last year, I didn’t get a chance to go out, but my grandpa is going to take me out this year.”

Rifle deer season runs through Saturday, December 10th. Hunters must have the proper license and wear at least 250-square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back combined as a safety precaution.