STUTTGART, Ark. (KTHV) – This summer, concern is brewing in the hunting world about how much ammunition will be available when the big seasons arrive in the next few weeks. Shops across the country have witnessed an increase in demand for weapons and ammunition after recent school shootings, and the White House's talks of gun regulation have sent concerned customers flocking to stores to buy ammo in bulk.
Even with stocks flying off the shelves with frenzied purchases, salesmen in Stuttgart, the ducking hunting capital of the world, said the mass buying spree is simply the way it works.
"When you tell someone they can't have something, it just makes them want to buy it even more," said Mack's Prairie Wings manager Chuck Lock. He said his retail store isn't out of stock. "Some retailers have had the option of cranking up prices because certain guns have been in demand. We don't do that; we keep it consistent."
He added that manufacturers haven't been able to keep up with sales.
Some residents in Stuttgart told THV 11 News that they haven't been able to practice shooting because it's gotten so expensive.
"Today, you can't walk in with a ten dollar bill and buy several hundred rounds of 22 ammo," explained Tad Hobbs. "We just want to go and practice and go have an afternoon of fun."
The first waterfowl hunting season arrives September 1 with the first Canada Goose Session. The early teal season starts September 13, according to Arkansas Game and Fish.