RHINELANDER - Deer hunters across the Northwoods can finally get back in their tree stands.
After a long off season, the much anticipated archery deer season opened this past Saturday.
Mel's Trading Post in Rhinelander has already seen an increase in archery license sales from last year.
Although warmer weather tends to keep bow hunters from climbing into the deer stand, Mel's Trading Post Owner, Mitch Mode, says there is plenty of excitement for this year's archery season.
"Initially, we've seen an increase in license sales, increase in enthusiasm for archery this year as opposed to the past couple. And so archery season right now looks pretty good," said Mode.
Last year, archery and crossbow hunters in our area shot about 13,000 deer.
That compares to 33,000 during the gun deer hunt.
Hunters sometimes take the longer bow hunting season at a more leisurely pace as opposed to the nine day gun season.
"I think there's a couple things dominating the archery season. One is the belief there are more deer this year than there were last year, and certainly more than two years ago, so there is a little more enthusiasm in the ranks," said Mode.
Mel's has also seen a rise in sales of camouflage clothing and deer scent products.
The archery deer season runs until January 7th.