Deer Opener Brings in Big Bucks for Neighboring States

By KBJR News 1

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
-- Bags of bullets, bottles of hunting scent and blaze orange hats, mittens and coats bring an economic boost to Minnesota, in November.

Printing machines at local hunting shops and gas stations, turning out hunting licenses might as well be printing money for the state of Minnesota.

Deer hunting brings in close to half a billion dollars.

"It's a really big weekend," said Sue Chalstrom with Charlstrom's Bait and Archery. "You can just feel the tension in the air, the guys are so exited and just getting ready."

At Chalstrom's on Rice Lake Road in Duluth, business banks up for the opener.

The sale of licenses, hunting accessories, and all things blaze orange reinforces the popularity of hunting in Minnesota.

"It really is something for the economy because it is very popular. It's tradition and the guys just love it," said Chalstrom, hours before deer opener starts up.

But it's not only shops in Minnesota that are cashing in.

"We're grateful for our Minnesota business, we always have been."

The financial impact from Minnesota's dear opener spills over into Wisconsin.

Superior's Shooter Supply sees a jump in sales when Minnesota's rifle opening starts.

"We do the best we can to help get them in the woods because usually, heck it's Friday afternoon, perhaps the rest of their folks are out waiting for them. It's hectic and they want to get out," said Pat Kukull with Superior Shooter's Supply.

Success being shared by two neighboring states that love their hunting.

Saturday is the beginning of a more controversial hunt as well.

Minnesota's wolf hunt will run the same season as the rifle season for deer.

The MN DNR is aiming to harvest 400 wolves during this time.