The season will soon be open for Pennsylvania hunters who like to hunt the way early settlers did; flintlock muzzleloader season will open December 26th. Primitive guns require a flint to produce a spark to ignite the gunpowder that propels a lead ball toward its target. The shooter sees a cloud of smoke as the gun fires. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says last year muzzleloader hunters harvested a little over 21-thousand deer. Statisticians say that means less than one in eight primitive hunters who were licensed to, actually bagged a deer.