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WAVERLY (KWWL) -
Saturday morning, Greg Richards will head out into the woods with his shotgun, looking for deer.
"Hopefully the big one comes through," Richards said.
But Friday night, he swung by the Waverly Gun Show with his son. With the start of shotgun deer season, he does what he can to stay safe, and for him, part of that is hunting alone.
"Just for the simple fact I've been group hunting before, and it's just not a safe idea in my opinion," he said.
Shotgun season opens a half hour before sunrise on Saturday, and at the gun show, they see a lot of hunters like Richards.
"You know, we always get a really big turnout of hunters coming out on Friday night, just to buy last minute things like deer slugs," said Marvin Kraus, Waverly Gun Show organizer. "And I'm sure they'll be buying a lot of warm clothes here tonight too, probably."
Staying warm is important, but wearing orange is a big part of staying visible -- and safe.
But the biggest thing hunters can do to stay safe is the simplest.
"Just watch where you're pointing that gun," Richards said. "That's the main thing, just know where you're shooting and what's behind it. It's just not worth taking the change of somebody getting hurt."
The first shotgun season runs through December 11, and the second season runs Dec. 14-22.
Tthe Iowa Department of Natural Resources said hunters will harvest over 100,000 deer this year.
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