EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Deer season is right around the corner, but if you've been to local gun shops you might have noticed a lot of bare shelves in the bullet aisle.
A gun shop owner we talked to says deer hunters likely won’t have a tough time finding ammunition before the season starts. He says that people looking for certain hand gun and target shooting ammunition will likely run into empty shelves at the store.
“I was like, I get to shoot, yes! I was really excited to come to the gun range,” 10 year old shooter Faith Benzschawel.
For Faith and her dad, today was a special day on the gun range.
“We started with the pellet gun and then moved right up to the 22 and she likes the 22 with the scope a little bit better,” Stephen Benzschawel said.
It’s getting out and shooting that the father daughter team says they enjoy the most, but with bare spots on store shelves ammunition is getting harder to come by.
“I was lucky enough to have some left over from years back and I know the price of its gone up and I know I’m probably going to have some trouble finding some 22 rounds,” Benzschawel said.
Over at the trap shooting range, it’s the same story, and the Westgate Sportsman Club says the shortage has forced it to make changes.
“It’s very frustrating as we come into our fall trap season I’m a little concerned. I’m hoping people bought ahead of time,” Bill Candell, Westgate Sportsman Club president said.
And with 25 shots per round on the clay shooting range trap shooters say they could end up shooting fewer clay pigeons if the ammunition shortage continues.
“The days of going and shooting a lot of ammunition in one day are gone because you are going to have to conserve your ammunition and be prepared. If you do want to have ammunition to start watching the shelves,” Candell said.
So for now gun shop owners have a few pieces of advice if you are searching for tough to find bullets.
“The suppliers are making as much as they possibly can and some of the suppliers are starting to get caught up. I think there is light at the end of the tunnel, it shouldn’t be that much longer and shelves should be more stocked than they are now,” Brian Zinn, owner of the Coin and Gun Exchange in Eau Claire said.