From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- The Sunday before deer-gun season in Ohio is traditionally the peak day of the year for hunting license sales according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Last year, Ohio sold 49,748 licenses on Nov. 30.
Hunting license and permit sales are strong the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, with the day before archery season being the second highest hunting license sales day with 47,807 sold in 2008.
Fishing license sales are also seasonal in nature with a traditional spike in buying just prior to the Memorial Day holiday. The highest sales day for fishing licenses is generally a good weather weekend in April with last year’s best sales day on April 18 at 33,769.
Ohio had 1,270 license sales locations in 2008. The location with the highest numbers of licenses sold should be no surprise to many. The ease and convenience of purchasing on the Internet has made it the single most popular outlet, with 166,008 sold in the 2008-09 license year. This is 5 percent of total license sales. This percentage has grown since Internet licenses were first available in Ohio in 2004.
Following behind the internet are national or regional chain stores. The top corporate sales outlets include the Wal-Mart in New Philadelphia with 16,901 licenses sold to rank it second. The Wal-Mart locations in Marietta and Port Clinton followed behind with 14,843 and 13,283, respectively. The fifth highest sales outlet was Gander Mountain in Warren with 13,243.
In 2008, 448,807 hunting licenses and 886,479 fishing licenses were sold. Ohio ranks fourth nationally for the number of resident sportsmen with 1.5 million anglers and hunters spending $5.3 million dollars a day with total annual spending estimated at 1.9 billion.
Ohio ranks eighth nationally in annual hunting-related sales and 10th in the number of jobs associated with the hunting-related industry. Each year, hunting has an $859 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging, etc.
Sport fishing in Ohio generates $1.1 billion of economic impact annually Estimates from 2006 put the number of Ohio jobs related to sport fishing at 20,000 ranking Ohio 11th nationally. Ohio ranks 13th in retail sales of sport fishing related items in the U.S. with nearly $500 million in sales annually.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife is the authority on Ohio's fish and wildlife resources and uses no state or federal taxpayer dollars in fulfilling its mission. Instead, fishing and hunting license and permit fees support fish and wildlife programs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also provides millions of dollars each year to Ohio's wildlife fund in the form of federal aid reimbursement. These funds come from an excise tax on hunting and fishing equipment including rods, reels, guns, ammunition and bows.