Colorado’s hunting industry is facing a backlash from outdoor enthusiasts across the country because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.
The first salvo was fired this month by Michael Bane, a freelance producer for The Outdoor Channel, who announced he will no longer film his four shows in Colorado.
Gun and hunting websites and forums are full of talk of boycotting the state, and hunting outfitters say people have begun cancelling trips here. It’s just a handful for now, but northwest Colorado hunting guide Chris Jurney expects more.
“There’s a united front of sportsmen that are tired of having their freedoms and liberties and fundamental rights taken away from them,” said 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.”
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