Hunters across the state were out early Monday morning looking for deer, as gun season got under way. They said there are good days, and there are bad days, but it doesn't make a difference to them.
"This is something you look forward to since the last day of the last year. You're always preparing for it, you're always looking forward to it. It's a great time out here," said hunter Zach Shreves.
And other hunters were having some luck of their own. The parking lot at the Broken Wheel Campground was filling up with hunters reporting in with their kills for the day. Greg Yochym said they try to prepare each season, and said it usually works out.
"Sometimes it's chaotic, but most of the time it falls into place. Trying to get ready, you want to make sure everything's right, but it usually falls into place pretty easy," Yochym said.
Yochym said that overall, the first day seemed to be a good one. The campground was a little ahead of last year's count Monday afternoon, and even some first-time hunters were having some luck.
"We've had two ten points, one exceptionally nice ten-point which was a first-time hunter, and she bagged her a real nice ten, and several eight-points and smaller, but it's been a good morning so far," said Yochym.
Now that the day is over, Shreves said he'll be settling in to celebrate with the people who make the first day an event to look forward to.
"The thrill of the hunt and the family aspect. I've hunted with my family ever since I was little, and it's something that brings us close together," said Shreves.
The Division of Natural Resources has a list of all approved check-in sites for hunters to report their deer here.