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Businesses benefit from hunting season

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EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) -

Hunters are continuing to bag their bucks. When they're done, some of them need to refuel.

"There's definitely a good business increase with the opening of the hunting season," said Raul Torres, the owner of Leif's Cafe.

Owners at the restaurant in Eagle River say they serve hundreds of customers during the hunt and say it's one of their busiest times of the year.

"It is the strongest week by far in the month of November," said Torres.

Leif's isn't the only business that benefits. The DNR estimates the hunt brings in $1.4 billion for the state.

"All the businesses in the area whether it's the gas stations, hotels, restaurants, everyone gets a little boost here," said Torres.

A mile north, Wild Eagle Corner Store is also doing well, even though managers say the amount of registered hunters is down this year. 

"The registration is down about 16 off of the numbers from last year," said Bill Cashman, the store manager.

They still have many customers during the season.

"Sales have been through the roof on hand warmers toe warmers and everyone wears blaze orange," said Cashman.

The hunt makes up a large percent of sales for the year.

"Eight to ten percent, so yeah it's definitely a great weekend for us," said Cashman.

As the hunt continues, hunters say they will continue to support their local businesses. The stores are also happy to bag some different bucks too.

"We look forward to seeing the people and the boost it gives to the economy and the smile it puts on their face when they get a deer," said Cashman.

The gun-deer hunt season continues through next Sunday.

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