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Outfitters see better business

Paul Shockley

While archery season business is a minor ripple before the waves of October rifle hunters arrive, several area sporting goods shops and outfitters report steady business compared to recent years.

Chronic wasting disease and drought, while from time to time the subject of some queries, has kept few away, business owners said.

“I don’t see any weaknesses,” said David Hutton, whose family has run Craig Sports for 35 years.

“We’ve had a few who have asked to see the testing site, but that’s about it,” Hutton said, adding he and other shops have Division of Wildlife literature on CWD available for customers.

Hutton said mid-September sales are on par with levels seen year-on-year.

Traditionally good sellers this time of the year ammunition for muzzleloaderss and elk calls remain strong, he said.

“Archery season isn’t as big as rifle season,” Hutton said.

Outfitters said licensed hunters aren’t asking too many questions about CWD.

“We’ve had one question from one who wanted to know if we were set up to test,” said Sandy Fredrickson, with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, which covers about 12,000 acres 20 miles north of Craig.

“Yes we are,” was

Fredrickson’s response.


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