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Hunters Shun Colorado over New Gun Laws

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Colorado has long been a premier destination for big game hunters.  With more elk than any other state and millions of acres of public land, sportsmen not only flock to the high country, but their hunting dollars contribute mightily to local economies and provide millions of dollars in out-of-state license sales.  However, recent aggressive gun control legislation has angered many sportsmen and shooters who may retaliate:

The recent gun proposals signed into law by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper might have some very unexpected consequences. Following announcements from Magpul and the Outdoor Channel to leave the state, hunters are standing up and taking notice. Many, like Outdoor Channel producer Michael Bane, call for a boycott of hunting in the Centennial State.

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According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, these rumblings are still minor for the time being, but the issue has officials worried. Out-of-state hunters account for roughly 15 percent of hunting licenses issued in the state and provide a much needed boost for rural towns. This could all be put in jeopardy if popular opinion turns against Colorado.

“There’s a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them,” said Chris Jurney, vice president of the Colorado Outfitters Association. “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.”

 Colorado’s small businesses could be the first to suffer…

Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.