The Pennsylvania Game Commission has unanimously approved the use of semi-automatic firearms for hunting, including deer and bear.
Originally, it was expected that the use of semi-automatic guns would be allowed for only small game and varmints, such as coyotes, to start. But the Commission took it a step further to include the fall turkey season, as well as bear, elk and deer.
The board will meet again on March 27 and 28, where the move will need to get final approval. It will also include a sunset provision which will expire on June 30, 2020, to allow the board to review the new measure.