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Ammunition shelves at Smokey Hills Outdoors Store carry less inventory these days. Sarah Smith/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

Ammo shortage could affect deer hunters

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – A nationwide ammunition shortage could challenge north woods hunters this deer season.

It began about two years ago, said Hendri Ernst, general manager of Smokey Hills Outdoor Store in Park Rapids.

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Gun owners began stockpiling ammunition, especially of smaller-caliber weapons. Then, due to fears of government crackdowns on firearms, gun sales skyrocketed. With those sales went companion sales of ammunition.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
(218) 732-3364
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