A big weekend for hunters is coming to a close. The first half of firearm deer hunting season wraps up this evening. Hunting is not only a family tradition for many families around the Riverbend, but it's also big business in this part of the state.
Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Brett Stawar says you don't have to travel far to find a couple of the most popular spots that draw hunters from around the country.
Thousands of hunters have been in the fields this weekend, and will have another shot at bagging a deer Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8th. They’re reminded to keep safety first.