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Hunters leave early, do late shopping, before Michigan rifle season opener

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Linwood, MI (WNEM) -

Nov. 15 is just around the corner and this Thursday marks opening day for firearms season.

The trip to hunting camp starts a couple days early for Dan Bueche and Debra Palmer.

"Time to relax in the woods," said Bueche.

The Saginaw Couple was on their way to their McKinley hunting headquarters in Oscoda County.

"I've got a hunting partner," he laughed.

Their five-day, all-inclusive hunting vacation started Tuesday night and both of their vehicles were packed tight with guns, ammo and food. But like many perfectly-scripted getaways, there always seems to be a hiccup.

"The muffler broke, a piece broke off the muffler," said Bueche.

His truck is a little louder but he said it'll take more for this trip to be stopped.

James Mattson brought his wife and two daughters to Frank's Great Outdoors to buy some ammo.

"There's nothing like opening gun season," said Mattson.

He's been out in his blind every opening day since he was 12 years old. His youngest daughter, Julia, is only 5 and a little too young to hunt. But 12-year-old Mariah is already a hunting veteran.

"I actually shot a deer last year, and I've been hunting for the last couple years with my dad just in his blind," said Mariah.

This year, she's looking for her first big trophy. She said she has her eye on an eight-point buck near her dad's blind, but like most veteran hunters, she knows not to say much more.

Whether it's some hunters getting their last-minute necessities, or some getting an early start on their way up north, they say Thursday morning, once the sun rises and opening day begins, you're going to hear a boom, and they just hope it's them bringing back that trophy buck.

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