Tariffs will have impact on outdoor gear


If one looks through the long list of affected products that will be taxed if President Trump imposes a 10 percent tariff on Chinese imports, outdoor types definitely will be affected.

For people who do not understand, this amounts to a 10 percent tax increase. The Chinese are not going to pay that. The American consumer is and that includes anglers, hunters, hikers, campers, etc.

Scrolling through the list on my iPad almost made me dizzy because it was so long. Included among the plethora of items are things like fishing rods, reels, lines, artificial baits, etc. Also included are muzzleloaders, shotguns, gun parts, etc, Then there are boots, clothing, gloves, etc. Also included are several items for water sports. Start buying some of these products and taxes can add up quickly.

As an example, one would pay an additional $5 in taxes on a $50 fishing rod (modest price for some rods today). Add in a $50 reel and $50 in other equipment and there’s another $10 in taxes. In that one trip, you would pay an additional $15 in taxes. Remember, this is only on products made in China.

What may save outdoors participants in the U.S. is a move the Chinese made that the Trump administration does not like. Some economists say If the Chinese allow the yuan to keep falling, consumers would see the same prices they had seen before the imposed tariffs.

Sporting organizations have been in contact and held meetings with Congressional representatives and administration on Capitol Hill. One is the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and many of its members officially requested exclusions for fishing equipment during the public comment period on the proposed new tariffs.

According to the ASA, it has made the case in these discussions that recreational fishing equipment should be excluded from tariffs primarily because the sportfishing industry already pays a unique 10 percent excise tax on equipment that funds conservation projects across the nation. The organizations said an additional tariff on top of this excise tax would cause harm to the bottom lines of ASA members, deter fishing participation and reduce conservation funding.

Pay attention to see what may happens by Sept. 1.

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Matt Elkins remained consistent while fishing in three consecutive tourneys on Lake St. Clair in the T-H Marine FLW BFL Michigan Division. He followed up top 10 finishes with a 20th place in the boater division on Aug. 3. He maintained his status in third place in the points standings.

He caught a 5-bass limit that weighed 19 pounds, 4 ounces.

Lima’s Zach Masich finished 27th with a limit of bass that weighed 18 pounds, Findlay’s Wilson Burton finished 43rd in the tourney with a limit of bass that weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces. He dropped four spots in the points standings to 25th.

On the co-angler side, Vickie Maisch Rumer placed 14th with a limit of bass weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces.

In the co-angler points standings, Findlay’s Michael Kokosa, who won July’s tourney dropped from 7th to 18th in the points standings. He was 78th in the Aug. 3 tourney. Celina’s Alex Newman fell to 66th in the standings after being in 38th.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Buchanan, Tennessee, presented by Evinrude.

The next Michigan Division tourney will be held on the Detroit River on Aug. 24.

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Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve in Hardin County is one of eight nature preserves which will hold controlled deer hunts this fall. Permits to participate in this archery hunt will be awarded by lottery.

The drawing for the hunt at the preserve, located at 13278 County Road 190 in Kenton, will be held Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. Hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5. Interested hunters should contact Ryan Schroeder at 419-445-1775 or email ryan.schroeder@dnr.state.oh.us.

Other requirements include:

Hunters must possess a valid 2019-2020 hunting license in order to purchase tickets.

Names will be randomly drawn and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing.

Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner; however, the partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.

These nature preserve hunts have been held for years and are an effort to control deer populations, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). High deer populations continue to impact sensitive habitats at several state nature preserves. In addition to direct browsing of native vegetation by deer, evidence suggests that deer browsing may promote the spread of garlic mustard, a non-native invasive plant which displaces many native Ohio plant species.

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An upland wildlife habitat management workshop will be held Aug. 27 from 5-8 p.m. at the Moulton Gun Club, located at 14062 Bay Road in Wapakoneta. The beginning part of the workshop will be held indoors with the remainder held outdoors.

Wetlands, native warm season grasses, windbreaks, how to handle pesky weeds and plant identification will be covered. The purpose of the workshop is to offer landowners and wildlife enthusiasts a well-rounded approach to managing their property to establish and maintain wildlife habitat. A supper is included for $5.

All participants must pre-register with the Auglaize County Soil and Water at 419-738-4016.

The event is sponsored by numerous organizations including the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the Division of Forestry, Pheasants/Quail Forever, Natural

Resources Conservation Service, Ohio State Extension, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ohio Soil and Water Conservation.

For more in formation, contact Daniel Francis, Pheasants Forever wildlife biologist at 937-564-3254.

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Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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