Our's started on the first. I bought a Stevens 911A double 12 ga and don't have to worry about that plug anymore. Been waiting all year for dove season, like when I was a kid. BUT, my oldest daughter got a place of her own and it needs some fixing. Have to have it finished by the end of the month, so that she and her four childern can move in on October 1st. Maybe next year. Hope you all have fun.