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Michelle Balleck

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Hunting season slows down

Rifle season brings hiring of extra workers

With the hectic hunting season coming to a close, local businesses are enjoying the profits and the slower pace as they head into winter.

Some staff can get back to their usual shifts, and some take their paychecks from the temporary job and wait for next fall.

Ron LaSelle, owner of the Golden Cavvy, said he hired one additional cook for the season, which is fewer than he has hired in the past.

“With the change in hunting seasons, it’s kind of mellowed out,” he said. “We don’t have to hire big batches of people anymore.

LaSelle said that eight years ago he hired five or six employees expressly for the hunting season rush. But because the seasons have been spread across a longer time period, the bar and restaurant don’t get hit as hard with herds of hunters.

“It’s just busy enough to make a profit,” he said.

He said October was the best month for the bar he’s ever had, noting he does not spend as much money on extra hires and can enjoy the gains.

Employees of the Bear Valley Inn kept busy this season, as well, taking on extra shifts to cover the demand. Owner and manager Brook Bradshaw had to help clean rooms to help keep up.

Other businesses in town hire on extra help for specific purposes, particularly selling hunting licenses.

“We bring one extra person in just for doing licenses,” Cashway manager Jeff Corriveau said.

She worked for three days before the start of each hunting season and then returned to her year-round job.

“We’re selling licenses from 6 in the morning ’till we can get out of here,” Corriveau said. “We just have to tough it out.”

Craig Sports owner David Hutton said he hires two extra people to sell licenses, as well, for two days before each season.

Local businesses felt the strain of the hunting seasons and had to extend employees’ hours or hire on extra help temporarily. But owners don’t seem to be complaining.

“I’m up 25 or 30 percent (during hunting season) from the rest of the year,” LaSelle said. “I’m very pleased with how my help has responded, and we came out very well.”