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.
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."
...I and my wife have enjoyed many camping trips into colorado......but no more, we can and will go elsewhere....
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!!!
I think a boycott on Colorado is the yhing to do
maybe it would open some eyes up there
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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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