A state lawmaker wants to change the start of firearm deer hunting season. State Sen. Dave Luchtefeld (R-Okawville) has introduced a bill, which he hopes to call for a vote soon, that would delay the start of firearm deer season from the Friday before Thanksgiving to the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The reason: Luecthefeld says kids are missing school to take part in that opening Friday.

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“Many times if you have 30, 35 percent of your students out on a particular day you really don’t get a whole lot done,” said Luetchefeld. “You can say you’re going to have classes but not much happens.”

Luecthefeld suspects many hunters would have shot a deer Saturday or Sunday and wouldn’t need to go hunting Monday – meaning more kids would be in the classroom.

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