Colorado hunting boycott ... THE RESULTS!


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CoRoMo
June 12, 2013, 01:01 PM
Yesterday they called it a bluff and they said it wouldn't even matter if true: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=711009

Today they declare that we did in fact bluff and laugh in our face:


Colorado Wildlife Officials See No Signs Of Hunter Boycott (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=colorado%20hunting%20boycott&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdenver.cbslocal.com%2F2013%2F06%2F11%2Fcolorado-wildlife-officials-see-no-signs-of-hunter-boycott%2F&ei=i5m4UcbCI6aHywH0lYDYDw&usg=AFQjCNGXG_P_hJoj3tZ8hbY_LAQ8Gg2QRg)
Willoughby: Colorado hunting applications rise in face of boycott, economic strife (http://www.denverpost.com/willoughby/ci_23420712/colorado-hunting-applications-rise-face-boycott-economic-strife)
Colorado Hunting Boycott Loses Steam (http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/colorado-hunting-boycott-loses-steam/)
“Hunter Boycott” Appears To Have Fizzled (http://coloradopols.com/diary/44281/hunter-boycott-appears-to-have-fizzled)
Despite Boycott Threat, Hunters Still Coming To Colorado (http://www.kunc.org/post/despite-boycott-threat-hunters-still-coming-colorado)
More Sore Loser News: Amid Calls to Boycott Hunting in CO due to gun laws, CO shows increase in Hunting Permits (http://freakoutnation.com/2013/06/09/more-sore-loser-news-amid-calls-to-boycott-hunting-in-co-due-to-new-gun-laws-co-shows-increase-in-hunting-permit-applications/)


All day, everyday for the past few days the radio has been blanketed with a Division of Wildlife spokesman bragging about a near record level of hunting applications that they have received.

Some sleeping giant eh? :banghead:

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Bio-Chem
June 12, 2013, 01:10 PM
Well they aren't getting any of my money.

I didn't read the links. Is there a breakdown of in state/out of state?

Old Fuff
June 12, 2013, 01:19 PM
If the recently passed laws are in effect, both in-state and non-resident hunters may have an unexpected experience. :uhoh:

I suspect that many hunters of both kinds have no idea what has happened, or think "This won't affect me." That remains to be seen.

X-Rap
June 12, 2013, 01:56 PM
The real teller will be the OTC licenses, the limited draw is for fairly plumb tags that many out of staters would have a hard time passing up. Even the lure of unlimited elk tags OTC will be difficult to overlook for hunters that don't get draw in one of the neighboring draw only states.
Don't get me wrong, I am no fan of the DOW or their chief propagandist Hampton but tying progun success to the hunting apps was not a good idea to start with.
Other tourism numbers will hopefully be more in line with boycott hopes since those activities can be done in any number of western states equally. Elk hunting and the combination of quality draw areas and unlimited tags in other is unique to Colorado so far as I know.

CoRoMo
June 12, 2013, 02:01 PM
Is there a breakdown of in state/out of state?
No.

What's being reported is that there is a 17,000 increase in applications this year and they directly tie that to the threatened boycott.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife processed 468,816 applications this spring, compared with 451,161 applications submitted in 2012.
Out-of-state hunters accounted for 15 percent of hunting licenses last year, 86,000, compared with 489,000 for residents. He said many out-of-state hunters wait to buy their licenses until the season begins in the fall.
“We’ve got 17,000 more customers interested in our product. That makes us feel very good right now,” said department director Rick Cables. “I just hope people realize we have a great product and that Colorado is open for business [EXCEPT FOR MAGPUL ET AL], and that’s the message going out.”
Emphasis mine. :)

MErl
June 12, 2013, 02:01 PM
and therein lies the first sign that moving out of the state is the only solution. I know I know, another bluff right?

CoRoMo
June 12, 2013, 02:10 PM
...moving out of the state is the only solution.
For Magpul? Certainly.
For the tourist/hunter; move their vacation/hunt somewhere else? Absolutely.
For the Coloradoan? No, it's not the ONLY solution. Not yet anyhow.

MErl
June 12, 2013, 02:16 PM
aye, wont know for sure until Nov next year but it is a bad sign.

It also may not be wholly accurate because many plan early and enter the draw before this whole issue exploded.

X-Rap
June 12, 2013, 02:23 PM
CDOW has more spin than a washing machine so I didn't expect them to report anything in a bad light even if there were a drop in numbers.
Don't expect a state agency working for this gov and legislature to admit to any short comings to their agendas.

tarosean
June 12, 2013, 02:54 PM
Quote:
Is there a breakdown of in state/out of state?
No.

What's being reported is that there is a 17,000 increase in applications this year and they directly tie that to the threatened boycott.

Without a breakdown it's a moot point.

I never heard anyone in CO saying they would boycott.

Direwolf
June 12, 2013, 03:08 PM
How can you trust anything a government official says?

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