Hunting industry aims a boycott at Colorado

The state's new firearms regulations have some angry gun-rights advocates calling on supporters to hunt elsewhere.

By Bruce Kennedy Mar 29, 2013 8:23AM

Hunter holding rifle ( Cavan Images/The Image Bank/Getty Images)Supported by gun-rights advocates, the hunting industry is targeting Colorado for an economic boycott because of the state's new gun laws.

"Do not spend money here, and tell the state why you don't," Colorado resident Michael Bane told hunting enthusiasts on the nationally syndicated Gun Talk Radio program. "If you cancel a hunting trip here, send a note to the Colorado Division of Wildlife."

Bane is an independent producer and host of several programs on cable TV's Outdoor Channel (OUTD). He says he'll no longer film his programs in Colorado after last week's enactment of new state laws that, among other regulations, ban large-capacity ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun purchases.

The Outdoor Channel says Bane's views do not necessarily reflect the network's. But the blogosphere is full of support for a boycott, and some hunting outfitters say they're starting to see cancellations as a result.

"There's a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them," Chris Jurney, a hunting guide and vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Association, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "That kind of unity among sportsmen is going to be big and unfortunately for those of us who live here, we’re going to suffer the consequences of this misguided legislation."

Some gun and hunting shops in Colorado are also concerned. "Small mountain towns and rural towns in this state are going to lose a lot of money, because you're not going to see the number of out-of-state hunters coming here," Jeff Lepp, the owner of Specialty Sports in Colorado Springs, told the Gazette. "Other states are going to see a growth."

The Washington Times says Colorado's hunting industry is worth $1.8 billion, and it notes that more than 60% of the state's hunting revenue comes from tourists, who pay far more than residents to hunt.

This isn't the first threat of economic action against the Centennial State over the new gun laws, some of the strictest in the Western U.S. Earlier this month, a major manufacturer of gun ammunition magazines that's based in Colorado warned it will leave the state if the gun-control measures become law.

Scott Willoughby, who writes the Denver Post's Outdoors column, believes support for a Colorado hunting boycott will be fleeting, at best. But he also warns of unintended economic consequences such a boycott would have on "blameless bystanders" in the state's rural communities.

"The wait staff at the local diner, the owner of the bait shop or sporting goods store, the guides and gas station attendants, many of them law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen themselves," he wrote recently, "are the eventual beneficiaries of the state's multibillion-dollar hunting and fishing industry."

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Mar 29, 2013 10:42AM




...I and my wife have enjoyed many camping trips into colorado......but no more, we can and will go elsewhere....

Mar 29, 2013 11:37AM
It is an absolute shame that the Governor and the Democratic House and Senate passed these Bills.  Colorado has changed Political face due to the infestation of people from the West and East Coasts.  They have fled the cesspools of their dismal home States where they lived for a better life.  Problem is they recreated the nightmare of their own creation here in Colorado.  All of our hennas crimes have been committed by people or offspring from California.  It troubles all of us to know that Democrats are raping our liberties and freedoms but it is also our own fault to have allowed these people in office.
Mar 29, 2013 11:16AM
I didn't have any definite plans to hunt in Colorado but have vacationed there several times and was planning to go to Winter Park again this summer. Not anymore, not until Coloradans fix their mistake by voting out the petty tyrants that infringe on free citizens under the guise of 'protection'. I am sorry good people will be hurt by a boycott, but that is the only means of protest I possess as a non-resident.
Mar 29, 2013 11:46AM

What mess!!  Colorado has no idea how bad this will effect the hunters and others who visit this state.


This is a stupid knee jerk reaction to pass some stupid gun laws.  All it will do is make a few do gooders feel good.   It will cost the state big time and will not stop or slow down the crimes.


Thanks Colorado for proving how stupid the governor is.   We had always thought it, now it is proven!!!

Mar 29, 2013 10:51AM
Boycott your brains out! Do it! Hit the state treasury!!
Mar 29, 2013 11:10AM

I think a boycott on Colorado is the yhing to do

maybe it would open some eyes up there

Mar 29, 2013 12:06PM
I have set aside a trip and will look elsewhere. There are a few other states I no longer vacation to as a result of their draconian laws. There are so many other States that still reflect what our founding fathers meant this country to be.  We are rapidly becoming a Socialist dictatorship.
Mar 29, 2013 12:03PM
middleburg 182   being a former resident and freqeunt visiter to colorado,im saddened by this mess.i will join the boycott of the state.this will mean cancelling an elk hunting trip this fall on the western slope.we had an estimated 5000.00 for the trip.
Mar 29, 2013 12:10PM
Some of these comments sound like the people in Colorado don't want Hunter Dollars ..... Makes it more of a reason to Boycott .....I detour traveling through Illionois ,cause of their anti-gun stance....I will just add Colorado to My do not travel routes.....
Mar 29, 2013 12:25PM
Money is all that talks in this state.  Unfortunately we are allowing 5% of the population to control the other 95%.  It is insane.  These legislators are not even from Colorado.  They have moved in from California and other states and with the backing of the Democrats they are taking control.  As long as the rest of us sit back and watch them take over there will be no changes.  Get out and vote these bastards out of office.  Otherwise quit complaining.  Apathy is the cause of this situation.  Put up or shut up.
Mar 29, 2013 11:02AM
I only wish people cared this much when our other rights were threatened over the past few years. Unfortunately, the 2nd is all anyone seems to care about. What good is having a gun when you don't have any rights to defend?
Mar 29, 2013 12:12PM
I've hunted, camped and fished in Colorado many times over the last 25 years. I have family in Colorado, but at this point I'll never vacation or hunt in Colorado ever again, or at least until liberalism is wiped out of the state legislature. I really did enjoy the motorcycle and camping trips always had a great time. I guess all good things must come to an end. Thanks for the wonderful memories...
Mar 29, 2013 12:17PM
They're not blame less! The people of Colorado voted in these politicians.
Mar 29, 2013 11:39AM

Sorry but I don't believe all hunters are cowards....


And as a hunter I am extremely selective, and quite safey concious.

And only shoot what I will eat...

And only hunt about 10% as much, as when I was younger.

Mar 29, 2013 12:20PM
And skip the ski trips as well....  Wyoming will welcome us...   Better yet, don't buy anything from any Colorado based business.   

Time to actually see what we purchase from there and cease.  Let Colorado rot...
Mar 29, 2013 12:07PM

I am emabarrassed to admit that I am a Colo native thanks to the influx of inner city liberals in Denver, Boulder, Aspen and Telluride.   I must admit though, I am enjoying a having a good reason for all of us hunting buddies to try some new elk hunting spots in Wyo and New Mexico.  I already do all of my bird hunting in Kansas and Nebraska.  No more trying to figure out the godawful hunting regs in Colo and deal with the gestapo game wardens during hunting season. Actually, I can't believe I needed this to open my eyes to what an over-regulated pain in the butt Colo is.


I will continue to buy a fishing license though.  Can't miss out on the fly fishing.

Mar 29, 2013 12:21PM
Guns have been around for a long time.  That hasn't changed.  What has changed is the people who own them.  Colorado's legislature and everyone else trying to address the problem, need to ask themselves, why have the people changed?  Could it be the movies we watch, the violence on the internet and in the video games we play.  How about the way we deal with the mentally ill.  How many violent mentally ill people, who would be institutionalized but for the "progressive changes" in mental health laws, are out there walking around.   Why did we mainstream the kid who shot all those school children?  It's because some people think it would be bad for his psyche to not mainstream him.  But don't you think he stood out like a sore thumb--and don't you think that over the years he was subjected to ridicule--and don't you think in the end his twisted brain took it out on those mainstream kids he resented.  
Mar 29, 2013 12:48PM

This is why I left California in 1985 and I am relocating my family and buisness to another state good luck Colorado I will not be back!!




Mar 29, 2013 12:19PM

Just to let you all know - Colorado's new law is primarily symbolic with little real change.  It (1) primarily chased jobs away from Colorado via our gun industry manufacturer's and (2) makes us pay $10 more for our guns (doubtful if the CBI will process the background checks any faster though).  I understand we can still buy assault rifles and the old 30 round magazines are grandfathered in so its going to be darn near impossible to enforce that provision - even the sheriff's departments admit to that.   Other than the excess press time it is getting, this is no big deal.  Eventually we'll all have to admit these laws barely affected anything and it will be business as usual.   


Symbolically though it's still good reason to send Colo a message - wise up Colo. 

Mar 29, 2013 10:44AM

Brood.....Mirage is correct about the AR15, which is similar to the Military M-16 of years ago..


It was more for "shock affect" then absolute accuracy...Had a crazy bullet that would start tumbling after a distance, that would rip and tear something on penetration.

We would tape two cartridges together, so as to have 40 rounds on a very quick change.

We were taught to spray the first mag everywhere and then pick targets with the second.

Especially dismounting off a vechicle, or coming under fire.

For hunting purposes, they are a fantastic bush gun, for maybe wild boar, bear and cats..

Otherwise I would probably not use one.

And of course hunting enthusiasts, for shock and awe or multiple targets on a range.

I do not own one...And prefer my 44 heavy magnum long gun for bear...Short distance though.

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