7.3 - Consider including or excluding categories of wildlife dependent recreation and associated equipment

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 11

Consider including or excluding categories of wildlife dependent recreation and associated equipment—but only in close coordination with a representative group of affected participants and manufacturing industry that share a desire to have a particular type of equipment included or removed.

Assessment of Status: Incomplete

In 1998, the group “Teaming with Wildlife,” proposed a five percent excise tax on outdoor gear. This was met with significant opposition by the outdoor industry. Opposition was largely due to their existing tariff rates and that the “backpack tax,” would also cover book bags and items that are not exclusively used in the outdoors. Since then, there hasn’t been a significant effort to introduce this in legislation.

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