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8 Great Ohio-Based Outdoor Companies

Here’s a roundup of the top Ohio-based outdoor companies.


Ohio has a long and proud tradition of hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors.

That long tradition includes outdoor companies being started by enterprising outdoors enthusiasts. These companies exist in a number of outdoor categories, but they all have one thing in common: helping other Ohio (and those around the country) sportsmen and women have the quality gear they need to truly enjoy and succeed at their outdoor pursuits.

View the slideshow to see the most successful eight Ohio-based outdoor companies.

Have you ever been a customer of one of these companies? If so, what did you think of your experience? Leave your comments below!

Rocky Outdoor Gear

Rocky Outdoor Gear was formerly known as Rocky Shoes and Boots, Inc. It was founded in Nelsonville, Ohio in 1932. They design, manufacture, develop and market a multitude of outdoor and occupational footwear products and accessories.

The company is perhaps most famous for their boots, which are available at over 3,000 retail and catalog outlets. Rocky Outdoor Gear strives to provide high-quality footwear to all of its customers.

Appalachian Outfitters

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Appalachian Outfitters was started in Canton, Ohio in spring of 1988. The first location was in a small strip mall. By 1999, they doubled in size, opening a location in Peninsula, Ohio which also featured a rock gym.

Today, they have a 16,000 square foot store and rock gym offering high-quality outdoor gear to customers while also teaching climbing basics to individuals and groups. In 2012, the company won the Backpacker Magazine/SNEWS Outdoor Retailer of the Year Award.

Hi-Point Firearms

Based in Mansfield, Ohio, Hi-Point Firearms offer a variety of different firearms for budget-minded shooters. Hi-Point Firearms are 100% made in America and come with a lifetime, transferable warranty.

At any point in the gun’s life, if a problem arises, Hi-Point will repair it with no questions asked. They offer handguns in 45 ACP, .40 S&W, 9MM, and 380 ACP as well as carbines in .40 S&W, 45 ACP, and 9MM. Although they are not known for producing beautiful guns, they are known for being reliable and the price tags are very affordable.

Ithaca Gun Company

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Ithaca Gun Company was established in Ithaca, New York by William Henry Baker way back in 1883. They are most well-known for the famous Model 37 shotgun. In 2005, after several name changes and different company assets changing hands multiple times, Ithaca Guns USA, LLC of Upper Sandusky, Ohio purchased Ithaca Guns’ assets and began producing the M37 in Ohio. In 2007, Ithaca Gun Company purchased Ithaca Guns USA, LLC and kept the company in Ohio while bringing modern ideas and techniques to gun making.

Chiappa Firearms

Started in 1958 as Armi Sport in Brescia, Italy, Chiappa Firearms is a manufacturer of firearms ranging from handguns to rifles and shotguns. One of their most famous firearms is the Chiappa Rino revolver which uniquely fires from the bottom cylinder instead of the top.

In 2007, the company began to restructure its North American distribution and opened a facility in Dayton, Ohio. Known as Chiappa Arms, LTD, the Ohio facility expanded operations to include manufacturing products specifically for the US market.

Goschinski’s Fin Feather and Fur Outfitters

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Fin Feather and Fur Outfitters began in a tiny, cinder block building back in March of 1985. Since then, it has grown into one of Ohio’s largest firearms retailers. The original location is now located in a 72,000 square foot building, and several other locations have also been opened.

The Ohio version of Cabela’s, Fin Feather and Fur has everything that any sportsman or woman could ever need for any outdoor activity.

Jann’s Netcraft

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Jann’s Netcraft has been providing fishing tackle to anglers for three generations. With a showroom located in Toledo, Ohio, Jann’s Netcraft offers a wide selection of different lures, including those that are hard to find.

They also stock a large range of different lure making and fly tying parts and accessories. The showroom is located near the Maumee River which sees a large run of walleye every spring. If you head that way for the walleye run, stop in and visit the showroom.

Sportsman’s Den

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Sportsman’s Den is another outdoor superstore founded in Ohio. Located in Shelby, Ohio, Sportsman’s Den is a large firearms and outdoor supplies retailer with over 25 years in the retail business. They are sure to have almost anything a hunter, angler, shooter, or other outdoor enthusiast could ever need.

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8 Great Ohio-Based Outdoor Companies