A new tradition started Saturday for hunters across Pennsylvania.

Hunters entered the woods Saturday morning as the state's rifle deer hunting season began, instead of the Monday after Thanksgiving, which it had been for decades.

The PA Game Commission approved the change earlier this year, and it seems hunters were split on the change.

But nonetheless, thousands of area hunters went out into the woods Saturday to bag a buck.

Those at Pacileo's Great Lakes Deer Processing on Wattsburg Road say they were busy, and hope the rush continues through Monday, “We are here and we are ready to go," said Co-Owner, Seth Pacileo. "I think a lot of guys probably aren't going to break their normal traditions of going to camp and staying there throughout the weekend, and pretending Monday is the first day,” Pacileo continued.

The Game Commission estimated as many as 750,000 deer hunters took part in Saturday's opening day.