Illinois’ firearm deer hunting season means boost for local economy

Illinois’ firearm deer hunting season means boost for local economy


((BRITTANY)) DEER HUNTERS BREAK OUT THEIR BLAZE ORANGE AND CAMO, IN PREPARATION FOR THE START OF FIREARM DEER SEASON. ((ERIC)) HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS SUIT UP FOR THE SEASON, SPENDING EVEN MORE DURING THEIR OUTINGS. REPORTER KARINA PARADA SPOKE WITH A BUSINESSES OWNER THAT CASHES IN ON THE HUNTS. KARINA, THEY SAY HUNTERS KEEP THEM PRETTY BUSY? ((KARINA)) THAT’S RIGHT ERIC AND BRITTANY. EVEN THOUGH BUSINESSES ARE ALREADY BUSY WITH BOW SEASON… LOCAL MEAT PROCESSORS SAY NOW THE REGION WILL REALLY FEEL AN UPTICK. ILLINOIS HUNTERS WILL BE OUT IN FULL FORCE FOR THE STATE’S FIRST FIREARM DEER SEASON OF THE YEAR. THE SPORT MEANS A BIG BOOM FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY. Mark Denzler/co-chair, ‘Hunting Works for Illinois’ “More than a half a million people hunt in the State of Illinois every year. About 50,000 actually come from out of state.” ADVOCACY GROUP ‘HUNTING WORKS FOR ILLINOIS’ SAYS ABOUT 270 MILLION DOLLARS ARE SPENT ON TRIP RELATED EXPENSES. Mark Denzler/co-chair, Hunting Works for Illinois “They’re staying in hotels, they’re renting cabins, they’re eating in our restaurants. They’re buying fuel when they’re in the State of Illinois.” ONE ROCKFORD BUSINESS THAT SEES THE FRUITS OF HUNTER’S LABOR IS SMOKEHOUSE VENISON PROCESSING. OWNER BILL BAKER FORESEES THIS WEEKEND BEING A BIG HIT. Bill Baker/Owner, Smokehouse Venison Processing “Very weather dependent and we’re going to have gorgeous weather. I expect it to be very busy, I expect it to be a boomer crop. There is a tremendous amount of deer around this year.” SMOKEHOUSE IS ONLY OPEN OCTOBER THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. BAKER SAYS IT’S ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR HIS 20 PERSON TEAM FOR THE BOW SEASON ALREADY UNDERWAY. Bill Baker/Owner, Smokehouse Venison Processing “We work a lot of hours in a short period of time. We are actually caught off guard, there’s a tremendous amount of deer out there right now. So, we’ve been really busy. Shotgun season will be extremely busy.” FIREARM SEASON IS 50 TO 60 PERCENT OF SMOKEHOUSE VENISON PROCESSING’S BUSINESS. Bill Baker/Owner, Smokehouse Venison Processing “We’re known for our smoked product. Sausages, snack sticks, jerky. People will process their own deer, they might have a hunting party. It’s a big tradition.” ACCORDING TO THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES… OVER 80-THOUSAND DEER WERE HARVESTED DURING FIREARM SEASON LAST YEAR. Bill Baker/Owner, Smokehouse Venison Processing “If you go to Winnebago Corners at 5 o’clock in the morning, you won’t be able to get gas because there’s so many people getting ready to go hunting.” ((KARINA)) THE SECOND FIREARM DEER SEASON WILL RUN FROM DECEMBER FIFTH THROUGH THE EIGHTH. I ALSO BROKE DOWN HOW EACH STATELINE COUNTY DID IN FIREARM DEER HARVESTING LAST

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