Hunters across Western New York will take to the woods Saturday for opening day of shotgun season. And as they prepare to bag a buck, YNN's Mark Goshgarian tells us how area retailers are bagging big bucks as well.
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — "A lot busier than black Friday, or Christmas," said Bruce Piatz, M&M Sports Den Owner.
Big game, is big business.
"Yes, I would characterize it that way, sure," said Piatz.
Bruce Piatz, Owner of M&M Sports Den in Jamestown, and staff helped a steady stream of deer hunters gear up Friday.
"Shotguns, rifles, clothing, ammunition," said Piatz.
For opening day of gun season on Saturday.
"We get a lot of people from out of town, so it really has a positive impact economically for the county and New York State," said Piatz.
"It is expensive, but it's a good sport, good for the young generation to get out there," said Robert Franco, Jamestown resident.
Franco has been hunting for 55 years.
"It's quite exciting, because I get to take the two boys out, my two grandsons out, they love to hunt. Personally, just get out in the fresh air, enjoy nature, I just love to get out there, that's the way of life for me," said Franco.
"The one thing to look forward to all year long, some of its the solitude, getting out in the woods, just getting away from things... my whole family eats venison so it helps with the grocery bill during tough times," said Lee Hazelton, Jamestown resident.
Several men and women lined up to apply for a hunting license as well.
"I didn't want to be the deer hunter's widow, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, make it a competition, you know, see how can get the bigger buck, which is me, and my daughter does it too," said Amey Yanik, Pennsylvania resident.
Yanik also encourages other women to take up the sport.
"You know as a Mom, life is so hectic, you get to crawl up in a tree stand and just go out there, it's nature, it's relaxing," said Yanik.
Gun season ends on December 9th.