With hunting seasons upon us, it’s only natural to think about capturing a piece of that business at your bar. Hunting season can be big business if all of the stars align properly for your bar, but the window is pretty narrow so you have to act quickly and decisively. Also, some bars rely specifically on fishing and hunting customers, and that opens up a whole different set of considerations. Here are some tips on setting up your bar for hunting season no matter what type of venue you operate.
First off, the location of your bar will play a large role in how you set it up for hunting season. Do you have a neighborhood bar and grill that just happens to get a large wave of hunters because of your location, or are you specifically out in hunting and fishing territory? Your bar’s location will determine if you setup the theme to be geared towards hunting year-round or if you will just supplement your building with decorations during hunting season.
Importance of Food
Food is also a major factor, no matter what type of bar location you’re running during hunting season. Groups of guys are going to be out in the woods from the wee hours of the morning until the darkness of night, and chances are they’re going to be tired and hungry. That means they don’t want to cook, but are almost certainly looking for a hot meal in their bellies. If your bar isn’t offering food, you’re not going to last long in that market. Also, you may want to open up early for breakfast during hunting season to become a “one stop hunting shop” for everything that the hunters need.
Lodging and Packages
Lastly, if at all possible you should try to offer as many services, including lodging, to the hunters as possible. If you have some land nearby, consider offering camping sites so you can keep the hunters nearby and utilizing your bar and other amenities. Also, try to offer things like ice, fuel, showers, laundry machines, and any other conveniences you can muster. Doing a load of laundry gives the hunters the perfect amount of time to grab some dinner and a couple of beers before they retreat to their cabin or tent. By keeping them coming back to your bar for everything they need, you can build loyalty and enjoy repeat business across the board.
In a perfect world, every bar owner would be able to offer a whole slew of great amenities to their customers and really bring in big business during hunting season. However, that’s just not viable for every location or building, so you just need to do the best you can with what you have at your disposal. As long as you decorate your building in a way that is appropriate for your location, offer food to your hungry patrons, and also offer as many amenities and services as you possibly can, setting up your bar for hunting season should be pretty easy and yield you some fantastic profits.