Firearms group says hunting a $1.4B industry in state

Posted at 6:40 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 06:40:59-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A group associated with the firearms industry says hunting generates more than $1.4 billion for Ohio's economy.

The newly formed Hunting Works for Ohio recently released its finding. The group is one of at least 18 state chapters organized through a project of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote the heritage and economic importance of hunting and shooting sports.

The group's Ohio report found hunters spend $850 million a year on average in the state, including $320 million in trip-related expenses and $274 million on equipment.

The report also found that Ohio sees about 553,000 hunters each year and Ohioans who hunt generate $97 million in state and local taxes.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is a trade association for the firearms industry.