NEW FRANKEN, Wis. (NBC 26) — Marissa Falish woke up at around 5 a.m. on Saturday morning.
"We came out and we sat all day," she said.
And nearly ten hours later, Falish learned that patience is a virtue.
"We didn't see anything until later tonight when I got my buck," she said.
The first day of the Wisconsin gun deer hunting season kicked off this weekend. And Falish bagged an eight-pointer near her home in New Franken.
The first day of gun deer hunting season has come to a close. And it was a success for many Northeast Wisconsinites, including New Franken resident Marissa Falish, who shot her first eight-point buck. pic.twitter.com/karqZk99ib— Ben Bokun (@ben_bokun) November 21, 2021
"It was kind of nerve-wracking because it's my first buck," she said. "So I had that buck fever."
Falish hunted with her sister Abby and her father Fred, who's been chasing deer since he was 12 years old.
"Pass it on from generation to generation," he said.
But for the family, it took plenty of energy to get through the season opener.
"It's been a rough day, heater not working and stuff," Fred said. "But we beared through and it ended up coming out good today."
And like her sister, Abby plans to get a buck of her own this week. Because she says the day ended with one regret: "that she got it and not me."
Luckily, the Falishes say they'll be out hunting five times more over the nine-day-long season.
"Hopefully my other daughter gets to shoot one too," Fred said.