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Deer Season is big business for a lot of small businesses in Michigan


UNDATED (WKZO) -- Deer season opened Friday and it’s like a holiday in Michigan.

While only a certain group of sportsmen observe it, the potential for commerce isn’t lost on the state’s Travel and Tourism Bureau.

Pure Michigan Spokesperson Michelle Grinnell says it has injected as much as $2.3-Billion into the economy on an annual basis, as hunters gear up, load up, rest up, gas up and eat up.

She says well over 600-thousand hunters annually hit the woods in Michigan to try their luck at bagging a buck. Only about 20-thousand of them come from out of state.

Gas stations, motels, restaurants, gun shops, small town butchers, taxidermists, and party stores all see a spike in business during the deer hunt.  

She says while it really helps the economies in northern Michigan, its possible to hunt in just about every region of the state.