Today marked an exciting day for hunters in the Black Hills, as the start of West River deer hunting season got underway.
It could be a good one, that according to Outdoor Campus West Naturalist, Keith Wintersteen.
Wintersteen says it's the peak of breeding, or rut, season for deer and that means bucks will be more vulnerable and not as frightened as usual.
Despite the harsh weather a month ago, Wintersteen believes this should be a great year regardless.
"The males are consumed with propagating their species so they're following every doe they can find," said Wintersteen. "And they tend to ignore everything else much to their own danger which provides an opportune time for hunters to be out."
The deer hunting season ends the Sunday after Thanksgiving.