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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.


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.
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