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It wouldn’t matter to me personally but I know the idea behind it was to have more young adults (school age children ) be involved … I think that ship has sailed. If you’re interested in nurturing or mentoring your own children in tradition you’ll pull them from school regardless of when opener is . I kinda like the Monday 

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When we had a hunting camp the Sat opener was wayyy better.  Could have everyone there as they all had Sat off.  Otherwise guys had to try to get Monday off and most of the young guys couldn't get it cause others already had the day.  It gave everyone the opportunity to be there for the weekend.  I don't get the argument that Monday opener brought more people in, it made us have less.  Friday night there was a line of vehicles headed to their camps etc for the Sat opener.  Many stoping to eat dinner and get camp supplies on the way. Plus the camp experience all weekend was good I would much rather throw some hunting in there than just sitting around for 2 days first.   We enjoyed all the camp experience and also could hunt.  Full win. 

When it was monday it was always mostly just the old guys that could hunt and everyone else had to wait til the next weekend or Thanksgiving.  

I can prob always get the day off now but if I was short staffed or something happened at work I might have to be there.  Sat is a guaranteed day off, I like it the way it is.  

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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6 hours ago, G-man said:

The loss of money has more to do with the changes in hunting than the opener.  There are just less hunting camps and more guys that hunt from home or leased land and the rise in popularity of bow hunting.  The gun opener doesn't mean as much regardless what day it is.  

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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It's funny that this came up.  There is a lot of people here complaining about the change in the walleye opener for the exact opposite reason.  It's now on May 1 and it always used to be the first Sat in May.  And around here that first Sat was booming.  Town filled with fisherman renting cabins for the weekend.  They even had live music and the fire dept sold hot chocolate and hot dogs at midnight a long the canal wall.  There would be 300+ people there and a great atmosphere and all the bars along the canal would be packed as guys would hangout til the midnight opener.  All that is gone now that it doesn't open on the weekend.  

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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Simple Math .... when the opening day was Monday you had 3 weekends to hunt , with the opening day on Saturday you have 4 weekends to hunt !  When I was still working ( I'm Retired ) and the opener was Monday and being the Junior Guy at work I hardly ever got opening day off and had to wait until the first weekend .  I could almost hear all the Trespassers on my property from work  shooting " My Deer " .... LOL

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1 hour ago, The_Real_TCIII said:

I hate the Saturday opener and have since the beginning. It killed deer camp

Can't wrap my head around this...why did it kill deer camp?  

Our camp and all around us were booming on the weekend for the sat opener. Fri night cards and beers then Sat hunt and come back and exchange stories and hopefully hang out with a deer on the pole and a fire and fresh venison.  When it was Monday nobody went except the old guys that had Monday off.  Unless you had 25 years of service at work no one could get the day off.  

"it's pointless for humans to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it"- Ron Swanson

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I'm with Rob on this.  People just feel different about hunting and deer camp these days.  When the opener changed to Saturday it didn't change our camp at all.  We managed to take Monday off before and we hunted all of archery season anyway, so no big deal.  What has had a big impact is Father Time.  Only three of us are left.  I went to grad school at Penn State and back then they had a whole other idea about opening day.  The state legislature closed for two days and there was no expectation that high school kids would attend school.  I would see tons of hunters, tons of deer (all smallish does).  There was a lot of public hunting land with nearby crop fields in central Pa.  I like the seasons the way they are now I guess.

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1 hour ago, Robhuntandfish said:

Can't wrap my head around this...why did it kill deer camp?  

Our camp and all around us were booming on the weekend for the sat opener. Fri night cards and beers then Sat hunt and come back and exchange stories and hopefully hang out with a deer on the pole and a fire and fresh venison.  When it was Monday nobody went except the old guys that had Monday off.  Unless you had 25 years of service at work no one could get the day off.  

I miss getting there Friday, maybe bow hunting that weekend but if I had a buck probably not. Sleep in, relax at camp, shoot the gun etc. same on Sunday. Now it's get down there Friday lay your stuff out and it's all business Saturday morning. The breakfast places don't even open Saturday and Sunday anymore. The bars are empty too. 

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