Deer hunting season brings in big bucks for stores
The Department of Natural Resources said more than 260,000 people have bought deer hunting licenses so far this year, which is a 2% increase from last year.
The DNR said there has been an increase in participation since people have been allowed to hunt with crossbows.
Jay's Sporting Goods in Gaylord said they saw a 200% increase in sales in the 45 days leading up to archery season.
Gauthier's Archery in Traverse City said they have seen high crossbow sales in the past two years.
Although they have dropped recently, owners say business is still booming.
"Business has been really good, it always is this time of year," said Jim Gauthier the owner of Gauthier's Archery. "It's our peak time of year, now with crossbows and regular bows we get a big influx of sales right up from the past two months."
According to the DNR most people are buying combination archery and fire arm licenses because they are allowed two deer kills rather than just one with the archery license.
Last year 325,000 archers went out and hunted deer. The DNR expects that number to be about the same this year depending on the weather.
Archery season will go until November 14 and end when fire arm season starts. Archery season then starts again December 1 and ends January 1.
The DNR said you have to be 10 years or older to get an archery license.