OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- It's a tradition thousands of Wisconsinites wait all year for as hunters headed into the woods on Saturday, for the first day of Wisconsin's 9-day gun-deer hunting season.
“First instinct was to scream WOOHOO. Not a very smart choice, but I did it anyways,” said Henry Wawiorka.
That's the kind of excitement that gets him out to his stand every season.
“He came in about 10-15 yards and all I had about 2-3 foot window to shoot, I looked at him and I don't think I'm letting you walk; pulled the trigger and he dropped like a bag of rice,” said Wawiorka.
He bagged an 8-point buck on opening day, which came as a surprise.
“I put cameras out, I've never seen him on camera, didn't even know anything that big was out there.”
Others are hoping they can bag a buck just as big, and are optimistic about the season.
“The rut's a little bit later in the season now, the rut started a little bit later so, hopefully there's a lot of bucks chasing does,” said Shaun Coppens of Green Bay.
While others who were out his morning are waiting for something better to come along.
“I didn't see anything for bucks, but I saw a few does nothing I really wanted to shoot at,” said Shane Butcher of Green Bay.
Instead Butcher opted for a break with friends and talked with others who were successful
“I was shaking, I didn't know if I was getting off the ladder or not, but I made it down safely and give him a big ol’ bear hug,” said Wawiorka.
If you are going out hunting, always remember these safety tips: always point your firearms in a safe direction, keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot, be aware of your surroundings and your target, and treat every firearm as if it were loaded.