More than a Buck: Michigan hunting season brings economic boost

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – For lots of people across the state, November 15th is an unofficial holiday.

Firearm Deer season starts Sunday, but hunters aren’t just bringing their shells with them into the woods.  They’re also shelling out billions, yes billions of dollars into the state’s economy.

Hunting season is finally here and so are big bucks.

“‘I mean you are looking at a thousand dollars, it depends on what kind of gun you get, you’re looking at a lot of variables…” Bill Ryan a hunter from Holt said.

Ryan Bell is just one of the many hunters grabbing last minute pieces for a bullet filled weekend. Hunters like bell bring in billions of dollars to the state Michigan.

Russ Mason the chief of the wildlife division of DNR, says hunters fund 100% of Michigan’s wildlife conservation, with federal tax matches. “Every dollar I make on a hunting license I get another 3 dollars of this excise tax which makes four dollars on the ground in the state of Michigan, that’s a pretty good deal” Russ Mason said.

Not to mention the thousands spent on equipment alone

Firearms store employees say someone who typically hunts deer uses a shotgun which on average cost anywhere from $400 to $800.

And then there are those like Thomas Adams who’s been doing this for years, “I’d have to say I’ve put in at least a couple hundred thousand dollars”. Adams said.

Hunters say it’s a small price to pay for a sport they love

“I want an 8-point buck this year I’ll settle for that” Bill Ryan said.

“It’s a celebration it’s a holiday and something awful lot of people look forward to” Mason said.

Officials strongly urge the public to get their deer checked, due to Chronic Wasting Disease.

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