Business Booms as WI Hunters Stock Up on Last Minute Supplies

By KBJR News 1

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM CDT

Superior, WI, (NNCNOW.COM)---Hundreds of thousands of hunters will take to the woods in Wisconsin this weekend, and shops in Superior say they're booming with last minutes sales.

The state's nine-day gun deer season starts Saturday.

"We are selling like crazy,” Nolan Laporte of Northwest Outlet said. “We had guys lined up at the door just to get in to buy tags to get out."

Northwest Outlet says it has sold more than 130 licenses and tags totaling more than $9,800 on Friday.

"They've got a new hunting license out this year, so anybody that is a new buyer can come in from out of state and get a half price license this year," Krista Ault of Northwest Outlet said.

Whether it's to take home the largest harvest…

"I'm hoping to get the buck,” Julie Norbie a hunter said.

Or to spend time with family and friends...

"To be with my family out at the shack,” Will Wells, a hunter said. “To get all the hunting guys back together again.”

Hunters in Wisconsin are eager to try their luck.

"Can't sleep, up all night, just waiting to get out in the stand opening morning," Dylan Semborski, a hunter said.

Across town at Superior Meats, employees are also eager for the gun opener because it means more business.

Employees say it's about a four week turn -around time for venison and processing.

"A lot of people, even if they are just bringing in their venison, they'll see whatever, and it looks good, so they'll buy it,” Kevin Horrocks of Superior Meats said. “A lot of impulse shopping too. The more people bring in the more they tell their friends."

The gun season will end on Nov. 25.

The next day, the muzzleloader season begins and will run until Dec. 5.

DNR Conservation Officers say self-inflicted firearm injuries and falls from tree stands are leading causes of accidents.

They remind all hunters to be extra cautious in the woods.

Jennifer Walch
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