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ELLENBORO -

Hunters come from far and near every year to hunt in West Virginia.

That means more people in local hotels, gas stations, and restaurants.

Ronnie Dodd, owner of Dodd's Sporting Goods in Ellenboro, said his outdoor store benefits as well. He said this is the busiest time of the year for his store.

"We've been selling sporting goods: guns, ammo, and accessories," said Dodd.

That's exactly what hunters of all ages are looking for before heading into the woods this gun buck season.

"Hunting season when it opens on a Monday the week prior to you're just covered up with people looking for accessories," Dodd said.

Dodd said before the first day of gun buck it was almost impossible to fit through the door of Dodd's Sporting Goods.

"Mostly they're looking for guns, ammo, and scopes. This year ammo has been very difficult to get but we've been fortunate that we've had most of it for them. A lot of the other shops don't have any and we're picking up their voids it seemed to be this year," Dodd explained.

Dodd said that hunters come from near and far to get supplies from his store, including people from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

He said one reason people travel to come to Dodd's is because he has a large inventory of more than 700 guns including some that other stores don't sell.

"We're supposedly the only Cooper dealer in the state of West Virginia other than a chain store like Cabela's and that's a high end hunting rifle," said Dodd.

Dodd said that when his store fills up with hunters he tries to keep them coming back with one simple practice.

"I honestly believe that one of the reasons we do so well out here is that we have a very large supply of inventory of most every type of gun, and also after you buy the gun we have customer service that a lot of people don't honor any more. We try to make an effort to have customer service after the sale," Dodd said.

For more information on Dodd's Sporting Goods click here.