Local retailers gear up for hunting season

Local retailers are seeing increased sales of ammunition, attractants and other items for hunting season.

Buyers are experiencing increased ammunition availability now that former President Barack Obama has left office.

Under President Donald Trump, ammunition has become more readily available, Jake Bellinger of True Value Hardware said. He attributed this to decreased fear of gun control measures under Trump.

All calibers have become more available to customers in recent months, according to Bellinger.

Sales of .30-06 and .243 rounds have been high in recent months, and another caliber is growing in popularity, according to Brandy Whitmore of Ace Hardware.

“The hottest selling caliber right now is 6.5 Creedmoor,” she said. “I’ve sold quite a few rifles in that and the ammo.”

She credited at least part of the popularity of the long-range target round to television.

“Basically anything people see on outdoor TV, they want,” Whitmore said.

Whitmore also described a general spike in ammunition sales, which she attributes to hunters sighting in their rifles for the season.

As well as ammo, Whitmore also reported an increased interest in archery supplies like arrows and targets, as well as attractants like Deer Cane.

She said archery hunters typically start preparing for the season a little earlier than rifle hunters.

In the coming months, Whitmore anticipated selling more items that hunters from out of town forgot, like sleeping bags and knives, as well as warm-weather gear like long underwear.

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