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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Iowa's shotgun season starts Saturday, which has many Iowans rushing to their local sporting good stores to stock up on ammo, camo and anything else they might need.

It will be Ethan Wolff's first time hunting this year. The 16-year-old from Dubuque said as he's gotten ready for the start of the season, he's learned a lot about hunting.

"I thought you just went out, sat there until you shot a deer and then came back," he said.  Masking his scent, being quiet and luring a deer are among the things he's been finding out about, he said.

Wolff will join an estimated 70,000 hunters this year during the first shotgun season, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said.

But as of Thursday, only about 60 percent of those hunters had gotten their licenses, which could make for long waits Friday.

The DNR said they expect anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 hunters will get a license tomorrow. Their advice is to go early to avoid the lines.

The first shotgun season runs Dec. 6-10, and the second season is Dec. 13-21.

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