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Fishing equipment in low supply, retailers say other outdoors goods could be next

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If you've had a hard time finding outdoor sporting gear, retailers say those shortages might not be ending any time soon and the COVID-19 pandemic is partially to blame.

Bobby Cantrell said when he went to look for supplies to take his daughter fishing for the first time on Saturday, it was hard to find much of anything.

"We were looking for like a little fishing kit at Walmart and walked in, hard to find anything as shelves were pretty bare," he said. "Even kids fishing poles were pretty slim to pick."

Quincy Farm and Home Supply,manager Leon Obert said disrupted supply chains and sheer popularity have kept many of their displays looking barren.

"Fishing supplies have been selling extremely well of course with the virus and everything," he said. "I think people are looking for an activity to go outdoors."

He said he doesn't think it will end with summer activities like fishing.

"Our gardening center did the best probably it's done in years as far as vegetable plants and stuff being sold," Obert said. "Garden seeds; we had an issue keeping up with that and we're looking for a huge canning season."

He said that's why they've stocked up on both canning and hunting supplies.

"I think you're gonna see a lot of folks doing their own butchering and doing their own deer packaging so of course we have all those supplies in stock very well at this time," Obert said.

But he said those supplies might not last which is why he's advising people to get what they want ahead of time.

"But again, first come first serve on those products as well," Obert said. "Shop early for the best selection."

Obert said many local butchers being busy with things besides the seasons' deer is another reason he expects meat processing goods to fly off of shelves.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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