LIGONIER (KDKA) — About 750,000 hunters were expected to hit the woods statewide.

KDKA’s Trina Orlando caught up with a few of the successful ones at Hoffer’s Meat Packing in Ligonier.

Sam Sutton got his deer after only an hour in the woods.

He was one of the lucky ones who got a deer on his first day out, but says either way it’s a day he looks forward to all year round.

“Just getting out in the woods, getting to spend some time, peace and quiet and hopefully get to shoot a deer,” he said.

For most people, 50-degree weather in November is a good thing, but for hunters it means having to be extra careful. Warm temperatures allow meat to spoil if it isn’t processed quickly.

For Chris Shaffer who traveled from California to hunt with his dad, the weather wasn’t a problem.

“It was a little warm, I mean, there were some gnats out, but it didn’t rain and I think the deer were moving at least early,” he said.

He snagged a 7-point buck after just about a half hour in the tree stand.

“It was definitely the best shot that I’ve ever had in my life by far,” Shaffer said. “It was a good shot.”

Troy Bloom also had a good morning in the woods. He’ll head back to Colorado Tuesday after another successful hunting trip with his dad.

“I make it a point to get back here every year and, you know, this is our tradition and hopefully it continues for many, many, more years,” he said.

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