HESPERIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- From deer-stands to blinds and custom-made deer calls, deer hunters love the gear it takes for a successful hunt.
Many of those items are Made In Michigan.
Opening day is Friday and it's difficult to tell who is more excited: Gary Twining or his dog, Molly.
Gary just purchased a new gun and this year his granddaughter is his opening day hunting partner. "I am 70-years-old and I have been hunting since I was 14-years old."
The deer hunt has a big economic impact in Michigan. It can be even greater if hunters look for Made in Michigan products.
At Hesperia Sport, owner Jim Lavin has many products Made in Michigan:
- Rod Benson deer calls from White Cloud
- Deer blind accessories made by Shadow Hunter from Marcellus
- Buck Fever Synthetic Scents and Lucky Buck Minerals from Osseo
Most store owners know the Michigan products and encourage hunters to ask for them. Lavin believes if hunters do, they'll get more bang for their buck.
"We try to offer as many as we can, Michigan made and American made. We go out of our way, in some cases the product may be a few bucks higher, but the quality is always a lot higher where you get what you pay for," said Lavin.