MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin kicked off its 170th deer hunting season on Saturday and for the second year in a row some hunters felt ill-equipped.
A nationwide ammunition shortage due to supply chain issues affecting other commodities has caused hunters to search everywhere for ammunition first and then fork out more money if they find it.
Randy and Tiffani Rogness, owners of Paddock Lake Sporting Goods in Salem, had empty ammunition shelves on Friday. When a new offer is delivered, it lasts two to three hours, even at a box limit per customer, they said.
“We are looking everywhere. We’ve ordered so much, and it’s just not happening, ”said Tiffani Rogness
One of the nation’s largest ammunition makers, Vista Outdoor in Anoka, Minnesota, said it is “ramping up production ahead of schedule at its Remington plant to meet unprecedented demand.”
The price of almost all caliber ammo is double what it was a year ago if you can find it. Manufacturers say the pandemic has created new gun buyers as well as more hunters looking for something to do outside, WISN-TV reported.
More than 570,000 deer hunters around the world are expected to try their luck during this year’s nine-day season, Natural Resources Department officials said. Wisconsin has over 7 million acres of land open to hunting.
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