- Saturday kicks off the start to the nine day gun deer hunting season here in Wisconsin.
Many people in the Northwoods spent this Orange Friday shopping for their last minute hunting gear.
428 of them lined up outside Mills Fleet Farm before they even opened.
"It's the comradery and the excitement of a new season. You get to be out in the woods, stalking a deer, and hopefully getting one," said Mills Fleet Farm Manager Greg Trunk
Orange Friday brought in all sorts of people.
"I came to get a bunch of stuff. I wanted a browning knife. We came to get my license for the first year," said 11-year-old hunter Ty Praslowicz.
One hunter made sure he could come with his father to get last minute supplies.
"I have been hunting. I wanted to go today. So, I was good at school the whole week. I didn't get in trouble so I could go and get some stuff for hunting," said 10-year-old hunter Matthew Alstens.
For many people in the Northwoods, hunting is multi-generational, multi-gender, and a long standing tradition.
"We bring our gun, our bullets. We pack a lunch and sit there all day from 5 to 5. That's just about it," said father Scott Williams who is bringing his daughter hunting for the first time.
As you head out for the start of gun deer season this Saturday, be sure to take all the proper safety precautions. Jackets and fleeces should be blaze orange.
And your cap needs to be at least 50% blaze orange as well.
"I'll wear a lot of orange," said Matthew Alstens.
"I'll be wearing lots of orange, remembering my hunter safety, and doing everything right that I can," said Ty Praslowicz.
DNR Wardens want to remind people to follow certain precautions.
"We got some cold temperatures around. But this weekend will be a little bit warmer. Obviously, dress warm, dress in layers; let someone know where you're at. Have a plan. We do have some ice out there right now and not all of it is good," said DNR Warden David Walz.
Be sure to bring your cell phone, some snacks, and a flash light with you.
The Department of Natural Resources has a free app to help you if you get lost.
|Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua