Survey shows hunters, shooters aim to keep spending.

Author:Autry, J.K.

The hunting and shooting industries will continue to enjoy insulation from the economic downturn, a recent Southwick poll shows. While consumers in other markets continue tightening their belts, shooting sports enthusiasts plan to open their wallets again this year to keep pursuing what they love.

"Recreational shooters and hunters are passionate about their sports. These survey results show regardless of economic times, most sportsmen will continue to set aside dollars to purchase the gear they need to keep hunting and shooting," said Rob Southwick, Southwick Associates president. "While firearm sales are declining compared to recent historic highs, sales currently remain well above long-term averages. Between 20 to 38 percent of active participants express interest in buying new shotguns, rifles or handguns, respectively."

About 52 percent of polled shooting sports enthusiasts indicated they plan to spend at least the same amount they did last year on accessories and shooting supplies. And the...

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