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Midstate hunters ready for start of deer season

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Monday is a holiday for many people in the Midstate as rifle deer season begins.

This year's opening day is one of the latest season openers in years because Thanksgiving was so late this year.

An estimated 750,000 hunters will be gunning for that prize deer. But first, many made a stop for supplies at Bass Pro Shops so they will be on point.

"Folks come out to buy ammunition, calls, scents, tree stands, camo clothing, footwear," said Jimmy O'Brien, Bass Pro general manager.

O'Brien said tens of thousands of Midstaters made their way through the store over the weekend. Bass Pro Shops had additional staff, and hunters with a new rifle in their cross hairs had to take a number.

"It's a lot of tradition guys going to camp or guys going out with their families -- grandfathers, fathers, children. So there's a lot of tradition in PA deer hunting," O'Brien said.

Tim Kloss of Dillsburg is hoping to pass the tradition along. He took his son, Brandon Kloss, deer hunting for the first time.

"Hopefully getting a deer for my boy -- brought many home for him. (We) had a bear, and he loved that. Hopefully I can get him something that he can see and shoot at," Kloss said.

That is exactly what Brandon is aiming for, too.

"I've been looking forward to it a lot actually," he said. "It's exciting because I actually get to go hunt and not stay home."

Deer season is two weeks long.

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