Small towns worry about hunters boycott of Colorado

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DENVER — Companies and small towns that depend on the hunting season in Colorado say they are worried hunters may not visit this summer because of the new gun control laws passed last month.

Several companies have already announced plans to leave the state, some out of principal, others because they fear the new laws will effect their ability to do business.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported the Outdoor Channel announced it will stop filming four of its popular hunting and shooting programs in Colorado.

The Citizens Organization for Public Safety and Colorado Gun Owners Tea Party have both called for a hunting boycott in Colorado.

Now small towns are waiting to see if hunters follow the boycott.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the boycott,” Walcott resident and waitress Monica Love told the Coloradoan. “We would absolutely feel it if the hunters didn’t come.”

Hunting and fishing is the second-largest tourism industry in Colorado. A report from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation said more than 900,000 people hunted in Colorado or fished in 2011.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said anglers and hunters generate $1.8 billion each year for the economy.