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SUPERIOR - On Friday, people were warming up and the licenses were printing out.
It was all a recipe that Wisconsin's deer-opening weekend was just around the corner.
"Deer are moving a lot better than last year, I'm seeing a lot more deer," Nolan LaPorte at Northwest Outlet said.
At Northwest Outlet in Superior, shoppers were getting all the last–minute essentials.
"Stuff to get warm, some gloves and some shoelaces for my boots," hunter Courtney Bates said.
They were making the scurry as anticipation climbed.
"Just getting excited," Bates said. "Hopefully we have a little bit of snow though for hunting season, it's easier to see the deer."
But with a warm weekend in store, items like vests made their way off the shelves.
"You only have to be 50 percent orange," LaPorte said.
But others were just as busy gearing up for what happens after the hunt.
"We start doing venison pretty much 24–7 from now until about April," Mike Craigin from Superior Meats said. "Our smokers do not shut down."
With Minnesota's season already underway, Superior Meats had plenty of venison being made into sausages of all sorts.
"It's big, it keeps us going through the slower times of the year," Craigin said. "We have extra people in and we bring in a shift just to do venison."
From the grocery world, to the shopping cart, all the way out to the woods, an exciting weekend was on the horizon for thousands of people in the Northland.