unters made their stops at
DNR check stations throughout the day friday for the first day of firearm deer hunting season.
I was really excited it was the biggest buck i've shot today and I've been hunting since I was 14
," Vito Daniele, deer hunter said.
o I was just is
ecstatic and being able to celebrate with my family just made it that much more of a pleasure."
owever this year
traffic at th
was a little slow.
I'd say it's a little bit quieter than normal
," Keith Kentigh, DNR wildlife biologist said.
of course see
a lot of nice bucks early on
because of the antler point restrictions that have been instituted this year
he antler restrictions make it so hunters can only shoot deer that have matured.
ach deer must have
three antler points on at least one side.
DNR believes this will strengthen future hunts, but could send some hunters home empty handed this year.
The main implication is that they are just less bucks available this year for hunters to harvest
," Kentigh said.
hile opening day means taking home a piece of pride for many
, it's also about spending time with family and enjoying the down time.
My favorite part about it is being out there with my dad and experiencing the outdoors together
," Brian Carnes, deer hunter said.