The shortage of hunting ammunition worse than ever

Hunting ammunition shortage worse than ever

BETTING À DAY

Less than 24 hours before the start of the season, hunting enthusiasts are dealing with an ammunition shortage that is affecting all retailers across the country. 

Hunting enthusiasts in Lac-Saint-Jean are preparing to start the season this Saturday. But let's say they're more likely to come across a moose than find ammunition, since a shortage is currently affecting retailers. The lack of ammo gets worse over the years, but this season hits an all-time high.

“It’s unheard of. We have 50% less stock, ammunition. The main concern is the lack of balls. Now it's the lack of rifles, which we don't have at all. People are very disappointed to see that we only have soft balls, which do not give the same performance as high quality balls,” explained Danny Michaud, clerk at a Pronature Blackburn et fils store.

< p>According to him, the caliber 30, which is the most popular, is also the most affected by the shortage.

“The 303, 300 WSM, 3006, is much in decline unlike the caliber [of] 7 mm that we don't normally have”, he listed.

Everywhere the same

No need to look elsewhere: the shortage is generalized. A lady admitted to TVA Nouvelles that she had gone as far as Quebec City to find ammunition, without success.

“They are going to change to an ammunition that is a little less efficient because we have no choice. Either they shoot this or else we'll shoot rocks, as they say. There are a lot of people who will change caliber to try to have the ammunition that is left [at the moment], [which is] available. But there are not many solutions for the moment”, noted Mr. Michaud.

The pandemic has accentuated the current shortage, but the war in Ukraine has only worsened the situation, which was already problematic.

“Suppliers, there may be intentional retention. There are many in the United States. The United States and the Canadian government, I don't know what's going on, but there's something going on for sure,” the clerk wondered.

A expensive sport

Followers preparing to go hunting should also be prepared to pay double or even triple the usual price.

“When we talk about 30 caliber, it's extremely expensive. A box of balls that sold for $29 is going to be between $45 and $55. Others were at 40 and are down to $80 or $120,” mentioned Danny Michaud.

This situation could convince some to give up hunting in future years.

“Less sales for stores, lack of tourists, I mostly see that at the moment,” he said.

Tip of the iceberg

It's not just the hunting industry that's been affected. Fishing and the outdoors are too.

“In lures, fishing line, all the products that we normally have in large quantities are cut by 50% easily. When you have a product you like, you don't always want to change, but there, you have no choice. We will again ask suppliers to have firearms, ammunition, but it's back in 2023, not before,” admitted Danny Michaud.

Could the hunting season be compromised? Not at the moment. However, it is difficult to say at this stage how badly the industry is affected.