But commission spokesman Travis Lau says that estimate is dropping because more hunters are taking deer during archery season.
The game commission says archery license sales have increased every year since 2007.
That doesn’t mean Monday’s opening of rifle season is no longer a big deal, however.
Last year, 27 percent of the total deer harvest occurred on the first day of rifle season, and similar numbers are expected Monday.
Many western Pennsylvania schools are on holiday for Monday, too.