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Modern Gun Deer Season Returns, brings Big 'Bucks'

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(KATV) Sheridan - It is finally that time of year again. Modern gun deer season starts at sun up Saturday, and a quarter of a million people in camo and hunter orange are expected to be in the woods this weekend.

Gibbs Grocery-Hunter's Outpost in Sheridan is a favorite for hunters on their way to the south. Just a decade ago U.S. 167 in front of Gibbs was 2 lanes. The owner says hunting season traffic proved to be too much, and it was the main reason it is now 4 lanes.

You're the odd one out if you are not decked out in camo in this neck of the woods. Before heading into the deer woods it is tradition to stop at Gibbs, family owned for 36 years.

Buddy Gibbs says, "This is like homecoming. We all grew up together."

It is not just a gas station. The Gibbs know their customers by name and enjoy meeting the younger generations of hunters, like Alysee Barrett who showed Channel Seven a picture of her recent kill. It might get a spot on the wall at Gibbs gas station.

The walls tell 30 years of stories about the tradition that runs deep. Buddy smiles, "We like that, it is important to us. We have a lot of nice people that stop here."

Hunter, Randy Madden pumps gas into his ATV's, "I get to see a lot of people I haven't seen in awhile from school and it's just a good time."

The season is also an economy booster, bringing in an estimated 370-million retail dollars to the state. Buddy adds, "We make a little 12 months out of the year and then when this hits, it's almost like a second Christmas."

Madden says, "I really don't care if I kill one, I just like being out just being out enjoying nature."

South Arkansas is popular because it is timber country. The Game & Fish Commission estimates 200,000 deer will be killed this year. A small percentage seeing that there's possible a million deer in the state.

Even with the summer drought, Arkansas has had rain lately and there are a lot of acorns on the ground, especially in the south. Acorns attract deer and keep them healthy.