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Hunters stock up on gear ahead of the opening weekend


Stores in our area are slammed with hunters getting ready for Saturday.

The owner of Central Wisconsin Firearms in Wausau tells Newsline 9, they do about 40% of their business during the fall.

"it's been crazy," said Frederick Prehn, Central Wisconsin Firearms Owner. "It's deer season, and people are getting everything from their old father's guns to new guns, to scopes, to rings, to ammunition. It's like a last minute rush for the opening season"

Aaron Schoepke is one of the last minute shoppers. He's picking up extra ammunition before the weekend.

"I look forward to this every year," says Schoepke "just the friends, the family, the hunting of course. I look forward to it every year."

Schoepke lives in Arizona, but grew up in central Wisconsin. He says he returns to the area every year to hunt with his dad.

"I can't even explain it. It's amazing, you know. It's freezing, but you're not cold. It's fun. Just being out there with my dad every year."

As Schoepke prepares to bag a buck, Prehn is turning that business into bucks of his own.

"We're overnighting stuff in from our distributors," said Prehn Some people come in want to buy a brand new gun. Well they gotta get it set in before the big opening morning. We're in a time crunch."

Prehn says the store also expects a busy day on Saturday, as hunters return to pick up forgotten items.

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