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Hunters Prepare for Deer Season, Faced with Ammo Shortage

Hunters will be out bright and early on Saturday as rifle season for deer starts for Missouri.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's like Christmas Eve for many deer hunters in Missouri.

On Saturday morning as most of America sleeps, rifle season opens thirty minutes to sunrise.

Local stores throughout the area were busy on Friday as hunters bought last minute things for the season.

"Came in and got some scent, stuff like that," hunter Justin Ball said.

Ball did not need to buy ammunition, but for those wanting some specific kinds, they had some trouble.

Several local stores have been running low on some kinds of rifle ammo.

"It's one of those seasons where you have to shoot what you can get that fits your gun," J and B Outdoors owner Jeff Leonard said.

Stores around the country are running low on specialty brands.

One of the kinds was 243 ammo. This kind of ammo is popular with youth hunters, but is becoming more common across the board. Several stores in St. Joseph were sold out.

"We've had customers that have shopped every stores in St. Joe including us, and then they have gone to Kansas City and still haven't found what they are looking for," Leonard said.

Despite the struggles with some supplies, Leonard said this is a very busy time of year.

"It's like tax time for us," he said. "If you're an accountant or something like that, same thing here."
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