Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota's small game hunting season is now underway.
Many hunters woke up early this morning to try their luck in harvesting small game animals including, ruffed grouse, pheasant, rabbits and squirrels.
We caught up with our reporter Billy Wagness who was hunting near Howard Gnesen Road.
MN Department of Natural Resource officials say nearly 600,000 people hunt each year.
Meanwhile, the average hunter spends nearly $800 each year and supports 14,000 jobs.
Managers at Chalstrom's Bait and Tackle, a deer processing and big game registration shop say business has been busy on Saturday.
They urge hunters to be safe in the woods this season.
"Just be safe. Tree stand safety is huge. We have tree stand gear if people need it, that's a big thing. And if anything goes wrong with your bow, come in and see us. We can usually get you up and running," TJ Johnson, Chalstrom's store manager said.
Next weekend is the statewide take a kid hunting weekend.
Posted to the web: Justin Reis