More Americans are hunting more during the coronavirus.
Hank Forester of the Quality Deer Management Association said many Americans are starting to consider “self-reliance and where their food comes from.”
At the end of April, supermarket executives warned that a meat shortage could hit its peak next month, with many stores facing elevated prices and empty shelves. Plant closures amid the coronavirus pandemic have led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts.
President Donald Trump advised the nation that meat-processing plants should remain open despite large numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks among workers.
Consumers can expect a shortage of meat supplies in the next couple of weeks.
As for people hunting, some states have seen many residents buy hunting licenses, including in Indiana, where there was a 28% increase in turkey license sales during the first week of the season.
Sporting and fish agencies from Minnesota to New Mexico have seen an increase in permit applications and hunting license sales as well.
Nina Stafford, a building contractor from Fayetteville, Georgia, said the coronavirus has made her want to hunt more due to the uncertainty of the possible food shortages across the country. The Georgia native also started to grow fruits and vegetables.
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