The first day of buck gun season kicked off on Monday.
Thousands of hunters braved the cold temperatures to bring home a prized trophy. Shane Conrad was the first hunter to check-in a buck at the Apple Grove Market in Mason County.
"I shot him at 7:45 this morning when he came walking through," he said.
This young spike isn't the biggest one he's shot, but he was excited all the same.
Randy Williams said last year's kill was all about luck, and he's hoping for the same this year.
"Last year, I killed one on the last day of the last half hour of daylight. I was just lucky," Williams said.
This year's buck gun season lasts a full two-weeks, but 14-year-old Dakota Booth didn't need that long.
"This is my first buck," he said.
April Strickland caught her biggest 8-pointer on the first day of the season.
"It's awesome. It's awesome. My brothers and my husband will be proud of me. I called my son to help me drag it in," she said.
With temperatures in the teens, many people said they wore extra layers this year.
"You have to be prepared for it. You have to buy the little packs to stick in your kidneys and stick in your shoes. You have to stay warm," Williams said.
From the back of these trucks to the table, hunters said one of the best parts about the season is harvesting the meat.
More than 56,000 bucks were harvested last year, according to the DNR. The season ends Dec. 7.
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