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Females, Younger Audiences Driving the 2020 Sales Surge

Outdoor recreation has been one of the safest ways to escape COVID-19’s related restrictions and shut-downs. While we know fishing and hunting participation has increased, there has been a distinct lack of empirical evidence explaining the types of people driving 2020’s “COVID-surge” in license sales. The mid-year national/regional license sales dashboard provides initial insights into license sales and buyers.

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24 Million People Want to Buy Their First Firearm. Who Are They?

In our Fall 2019 newsletter, we introduced a new study completed by Southwick Associates for the National Shooting Sports Foundation that describes the eight segments that comprise the 24 million Americans interested in buying their first firearm. With these results, companies and the industry’s marketing programs can enhance their customer recruitment efforts. In this issue, we provide greater insights into these potential new firearm owners.

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Top Fishing, Hunting and Target Shooting Brands for 2019

Anglers, hunters and recreational shooters continue to spend billions of dollars for equipment each year, but what are the brands they are purchasing the most? Southwick Associates surveyed more than 9,000 anglers and 20,000 shooting sports enthusiasts in 2019 through our online outdoor consumer panels to identify the top brands in the market. The most frequently purchased brands for selected products in 2019 include:

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Who Are the 24 Million Who Want to Buy Their First Firearm?

In our Fall 2019 newsletter, we introduced a new study completed by Southwick Associates for the National Shooting Sports Foundation that describes the eight segments that comprise the 24 million Americans interested in buying their first firearm. With these results, states and NGOs can enhance their R3 efforts. In this issue, we provide greater insights into these potential new excise tax-paying customers.

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Market Reports Now Available from Southwick Associates

Consumer spending in both the sportfishing tackle market and the hunting & shooting equipment market grew in 2018, with sportfishing tackle posting a 12% gain and hunting & shooting equipment posting an 11% gain over 2017. Although fishing participation was relatively flat in 2018, consumers spent more on fishing equipment overall.

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Preferences and Motivations of Indoor Range Users

Indoor shooting ranges represent an essential sector of the shooting industry in the United States. However, relatively little research has been done on the customers of indoor ranges. Pertinent questions include the reasons that customers choose to use indoor facilities versus outdoor shooting ranges, preferences for various range amenities and products, and, perhaps most importantly, how indoor range operators can best reach new customers and stay engaged with current ones.

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