The start of deer hunting season means big bucks for businesses

The start of deer hunting season means big bucks for businesses

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Shawn Faircloth purchased a new tree stand, a deer call and some cable and he says the cost is worth the time spent with his 13-year-old son. Shawn Faircloth purchased a new tree stand, a deer call and some cable and he says the cost is worth the time spent with his 13-year-old son.
After testing out the new gear, the Faircloth's are ready for their hunt but some hunters may have trouble finding everything they need this year. After testing out the new gear, the Faircloth's are ready for their hunt but some hunters may have trouble finding everything they need this year.
"It's a tradition, being out there with him is the funniest part," Faircloth said. "It's a tradition, being out there with him is the funniest part," Faircloth said.
"Deer season is mainly what our business is built around," explained H.A. LaRue, the owner of Sportsmans's Choice in Halls. "Deer season is mainly what our business is built around," explained H.A. LaRue, the owner of Sportsmans's Choice in Halls.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee's deer hunting season opens this Saturday, which brings big bucks for area businesses.

In 2011, an estimated 375,000 hunters spent $494 million in Tennessee on deer hunting equipment and licenses. Many business owners say this time of year is where the make the bulk of their profits.

"Deer season is mainly what our business is built around," explained H.A. LaRue, the owner of Sportsmans's Choice in Halls.

We spoke with some hunters while they shopped for equipment. Shawn Faircloth purchased a new tree stand, a deer call and some cable and he says the cost is worth the time spent with his 13-year-old son.

"It's a tradition, being out there with him is the funniest part," Faircloth said.

After testing out the new gear, the Faircloth's are ready for their hunt but some hunters may have trouble finding everything they need this year.

LaRue says powder primers and ammunition are in short supply this year. He doesn't believe that will have much impact on their profits.

"Our business will go up about four times as we go into the season," he said.

For the third year in a row, sportsmen will enjoy a continuous season that lasts through Jan. 5, 2014. The continuous season replaced the previously segmented hunting seasons in place prior to 2011.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency divides the state into three deer hunting units: A, B and & L. Hunters may harvest one antlered buck per day until the statewide bag limit of three is reached, including those deer harvested during archery and muzzle loader seasons.

An antlered buck is a buck with an antler at least three inches long. 

For antler less deer hunting in Units A and B during this season, refer to the list of hunts on page 26 of TWRA's 2013 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide.

All hunts listed are now non-quota. Each county listed on page 26 has its own bag limit. A hunter may harvest the bag limit of antler less deer in any open Unit A or B county and then go to any other counties listed and take the antler less bag limit there, also. The bag limit for antler less deer in Unit L is three per day.  

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