Thousands of dollars in hunting equipment was stolen in just 30 minutes.
A Minnesota hunter told the police that someone broke into his car to take the items. The passenger-side window of the man’s vehicle was broken and $2,500 to $3,500 worth of hunting gear was missing, Post Bulletin reports.
The Olmsted Country Sherriff deputy reports say that four or five totes with hunting clothing were taken from the man’s vehicle as well as shotgun ammunition. As a matter of fact, the man’s wallet was missing too.
The hunter and the police believe that the theft occurred in about a 30-minute time frame during which the man was walking his dog.
Hunting Equipment Theft on the Rise
According to Texas game wardens, theft is increasing on leased hunting and campsites. Theives have learned that expensive items are often left unattended at these sites. Whether it’s vehicles or high-end camping or hunting gear, the loss can be detrimental to an avid hunter.
Some hunters leave these items stocked until hunting season comes back. However, when they return, they notice that things are missing, since the remote sites prove to be easy to steal from.
Ammunition Shortage to Continue
Hunter are experiencing a shortage in ammunition this year, and the shortage is going to carry over into 2021.
Vista Outdoor CEO and Director Christopher Metz reports that his company is currently seeing an increase in demand. It’s a demand that Vista Outdoor is trying to keep up with.
“We currently have over a year’s worth of orders for ammunition in excess of $1 billion,” Metz said. “This is unprecedented for our company. With demand far outstripping supply and inventory levels in the channel at all-time lows, we see strong demand continuing.”
American Rifleman traces the shortage in inventory and the increase in demand back to early 2020. But ammunition companies have not been sitting idle since then. In fact, Vista Outdoor has bought a factory previously owned by Remington and prepared it to produce at full capacity.
Increase in Hunting Popularity Continues to Rise
Despite the decrease in ammo, the interest in the hobby continues to rise. More Americans are taking up hunting this year in any other year in recent times.
Some might be trying to escape the confinement of their house, others might be trying to put food on the table. Whatever it is, they’re buying firearms and getting out there.
According to the Associated Press, the popularity of hunting had been declining steadily for years. In fact, many predicted that the decline would be both steady and permanent until this year.
According to that same Associated Press report, hunting license sales are up 10 percent over last year. New license sales are up 80 percent which may be more than any other time in history.