PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a big weekend for local hunters.

When the sun rises Monday, Penn’s Woods will be alive with blaze orange-clad hunters, looking for the thing hunting dreams are made of.

And the Pennsylvania Game Commission says there is some good news.

“The deer population is very healthy,” the Game Commission’s Gary Fujak says.

But where do you go to bag a buck to brag about?

“Obviously, we have plenty of deer here in and around Pittsburgh, here in Allegheny County,” said Fujak.

Also, don’t forget the great woods up north.

“There’s a lot of deer up there to hunt. The problem is, we just don’t have enough hunters to go up there anymore,” Fujak said. “If more hunters go up there, they’d be really surprised with the trophy buck and big-bodied deer that we have there.”

Here’s an inside tip on where buck are supposedly thick as thieves this year – Armstrong County.

There are not many rule changes, but one is very important ,especially if you plan to go hunting around the Pittsburgh area.

“In the 2B management unit, in and around Allegheny County with parts of Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland, we had an antlerless gun season after Christmas. Now that doesn’t include any of the other counties. It’s only county specific for Allegheny County,” Fujak said.

Every year, we hear of hunters accidentally hitting a home, building or business, so the Game Commission wants those heading out to remember this.

“Safety zone distance for archers and crossbow hunters is 50 yards from any occupied dwelling, and 150 yards if you’re a gun hunter,” said Fujak. “If you’re hunting around schools with attached playgrounds, it’s 150 yards no matter what firearm you are using.”

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