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COVID-19 impacts start of Missouri bow season

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If you're getting ready to go bow hunting in Missouri this weekend, workers at outdoor sporting stores said you aren't alone, but they said it could be harder than usual getting everything you need this year due to COVID-19.

Employees at Butch's Sports World in Palmyra, Missouri said they've been busy in recent weeks preparing people for white tail deer and turkey season.

They said while many parts are in stock and readily available in store, some types of bow strings and other parts take longer to order due to availability issues.

Johnathan Bates, Butch's Sports World Archery Technician, said that goes for later in the season as well.

"Advice I could give on someone wanting to start hunting is get ahead of the game and order well before you're wanting to go out, because just in case you have to wait, at least you'll have it when the time comes," said Bates.

He said before you ahead out hunting, to remain ethical and safe it's important to have your gear checked out, something they said usually doesn't take long or cost that much to have done.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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