Local outfitters feel effects from boycott

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Governor Hickenlooper’s signing of controversial gun laws earlier this month has made Colorado the target of a boycott by hunters from other states.

Mike Porras, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said their office has received phone calls from out-of-state hunters saying they won’t be returning to Colorado.

"People have a right to voice their displeasure and if this is the way they chose to do so, that's their right,” said Porras. “We're just asking people to think about some of the impacts a boycott will have ultimately to wildlife."

Between 60-70 percent of the state’s hunting revenue comes from out-of-state hunters, according to Porras, so a decline in those hunters is of big concern.

Local outfitters are also getting some negative feedback from hunters across the country.

“This morning alone we probably got 12-15 emails form people saying we hunt in Colorado every year, but we’re not going to patronize this state in any way until the law is changed,” said Larry Amos, owner of Winterhawk Outfitters in Collbran.

One letter to Amos from a hunter in Pennsylvania reads: “Due to Colorado’s recent second amendment infringements, neither I or my hunting partners can consider hunting or vacationing in your state.”

It’s not just the hunting industry which could be impacted from a hunting boycott. Paula Lynn, who owns a diner outside of Collbran, said many of her customers are hunters and she fears what would happen if the boycott gets larger.

“Business would slow up to almost nothing,” Lynn said. “The summer trade is winding down and hunting season is a big part of our business.”

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