(KETK) - Tyler Tx — "First day of hunting season is always a big day," said Ian Vestel. "I've been looking forward to it for months."
If you are from East Texas or enjoy hunting, you know that the first day of deer season is a big deal. And many people will do whatever it takes to be out hunting on the first day.
"There's a rich tradition of hunting here in East Texas and lots of people take work off, call in sick to work, play hooky, do whatever they need to do to make it out into the woods today," said Chris Farrell, Wildlife Biologist.
But before you grab your camo and riffle, there are some things to remember. First and foremost, you need a license. You can purchase them online and the prices range depending on what type you need.
The legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. And after you kill the deer, you must tag it.
"It's not yours until you take it home or get it to it's final destination," Farrell said.
Once that happens you can mount it, sell its parts, or a crowd favorite, eat it.
"You get this beautiful red meat," Vestel said. "It's just wonderful."
And even if you go home empty handed, it was still a successful day as long as you got out there.
"The killing is the least part of it," Vestel said. "It's getting out here, looking in the woods, understanding where the trails are, understanding what the animals are doing, the process of stalking, that's what's exciting."