GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Hunters are excited and stocking up on food and supplies ahead of Wisconsin's annual nine-day gun-deer season which opens Saturday.
Some have already made it to their deer camp, while others are on their way.
Deer hunters say the Friday before the opener is one of their favorite days of the year, and those buying some last-minute orange gear at Cabela's in Ashwaubenon were fired up.
"Oh, we're excited. We've been seeing a lot of bucks up by the cabin west of Pembine, so looking forward to it, little snow, always nice having a little snow on the ground," says Mike Munro from Waupun.
"Actually today feels like a Christmas holiday instead of hunting. I mean, how you get all excited for it, it's just like something is not right," says Laurie Ohlrich, who hunts in Marinette County.
While hunters will spend the next nine days trying to fill their freezers, they made sure Friday they will eat well at deer camp, stocking up at Maplewood Meats.
"Really unique experience that I think is entrenched in not only the Midwest but especially Wisconsin. We've seen already this past week, we've already had a record bow season, so things are definitely trending up for another great year," says Bradley Van Hemelryk, Maplewood Meats plant manager.
And there are all kinds of reasons expectations are high.
"This morning, we know we had a good day. We're out shoveling this morning on the way to go and the dog chased down a rabbit for us. We know hunting season is going to be successful because she was on it," says hunter Bill Arends with a chuckle.
Arends' grandson, Anthony Jr, shot his first buck last year.
"I'm happy with what I have, and God bless us if we get another one," says Anthony Arends Jr.
Friday before deer season, a day filled with traditions all the way to deer camp.
"Head up there and take a ride through the woods and just see if we can see a deer by the road or something, and have a few beers," says hunter Allen Wegener.