TUSTIN — Marshall Wickens lives in the Tustin area and has been a long-time hunter who loves the adventures deer season brings.

He’s hoping the 2017 firearm season will be another memorable adventure.

“I’ve been out bow hunting just a little bit,” Wickens said prior to the opener. “ I have seen some deer. I have not taken one. Now we’re spending our time getting ready for the rifle opener (on Nov. 15). It looks promising, but we’re always eternal optimists.”

Rain had been anticipated for the opener. It turned out to be a wet opener.

“Rain keeps the hunter numbers down,” Wickens said. “A lot of the success of the season is based on opening day. A lot of guys just go out opening day.”

It was Wickens’ 45th consecutive opening day on Nov. 15. He usually hunts in Osceola and Mason counties. His biggest buck has been a 10-pointer during opening day 2016 in Mason County. He obviously wouldn’t mind similar success this year.

“We’re very optimistic or we wouldn’t get up in the dark and go out in the cold,” Wickens said.

He’s also an active turkey hunter.

“During duck season, I took a nice young man out during the youth season and we had a good weekend,” Wickens said. “The general duck season, we didn’t do very well.”