Firearm deer season more than just tradition in Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Firearm deer season more than just tradition in Michigan

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For many Michigan hunters, there’s no better time than annual deer hunting season. Now, a new report is showing just how important the state tradition is for the state’s economy as well.  

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said more than 90 percent of Michigan hunters participate in firearm deer season.

Hunting generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact for the state. A report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the average hunter spends $2,237 a year.

“Hunting provides an excellent opportunity for residents and visitors alike to experience Michigan’s vast natural resources and participate in an important tradition for our state,” commented Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Throughout the year, but especially over the next few weeks, hunting drives travel within Michigan and attracts sportsmen and women to this great state, generating economic impact for our communities and businesses.”

In 2016, the state saw 81,119 new hunting licenses.

Michigan continues to be one of the top states in the nation for paid-hunting license holders.

Approximately half a million hunters are expected to head out this year, the DNR said. 

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