Thousands of Arkansans will venture into the woods for the opening weekend of modern gun deer season, and the weather forecast is only adding to the excitement.
“Conditions are setting up very nicely this opening weekend -- temperatures in the teens in north Arkansas, low 30s in south Arkansas,” Trey Reed, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Spokesperson, said. “Those deer wear fur coats, so when it’s warm they don’t like to move around a lot during the day. I have a feeling there will be a lot of deer movement."
Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs, which experiences an uptick in business this time of year, has seen more people coming in to purchase items like gloves, beanies and wool socks.
“Now that people are realizing that it's going to be sub-30, people are getting with it and getting some cold weather gear,” sales associate Kyle Jessie said.
Reed said hunters account for more than $800-million in Arkansas retail sales every year.
“This is the Super Bowl for hunters,” Reed said. “This is the big day. Saturday, 300,000 Arkansans we estimate will be in the woods.”
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