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Big Game Hunting Pumps $403 Million Into Colorado Economy

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November 26, 2012

Big Game Hunting Pumps $403 Million Into Colorado Economy

By Chad Love

In the midst of one of Colorado's busiest big-game seasons ever, a new report highlights just how important hunting and fishing are to the state's economy.

From this story in the Denver Business Journal:
The economic impact of big-game hunting in Colorado adds up to about $403 million, the Vail Daily reports. That estimate comes from Denver-based BBC Research & Consulting, which also said that a combination of hunting, fishing and just watching wildlife amounts to a $3 billion industry for the state.

That's a big chunk of change no matter how you look at it, and vividly illustrates how much money hunting and fishing pump into local and state economies, but for the most part we rarely hear of hunting and fishing's economic impact compared to more traditional tourism-based recreational industries like skiing. Why do you think we fly under the radar so often, and what would be your guess for how much money hunting and fishing pump into your home state?

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from mayoaaron wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Liberal media doesn't want to publicize anything positive about hunting.

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from jay wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

mayoaaron nailed it. There is no way in hell the liberal media is going print a story that puts hunting in a positive light.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Tell you what is readily apparant regarding pumping money into economies....Obama's re-election!! Gun shops opening up in all kinds of vacant buildings and packed with customers! I stopped in one yesterday after seeing several other gun shops that had opened up. Customers buying guns, and lots of ammo worrying about new liberal legislation coming down the pike creating expensive registration, and new taxation on gun items like ammo. My box store had all kinds of shotgun shells I use in stock. I'd go into the store at regular intervals seeing they had lots of the shells I use. I build up my inventory during the out of season months. Then BO was re-elected, and my brother emails me from UTAH telling me the cost of the shells down there had doubled in price! I headed for my store, and they were totally out! When I told the gun dept manager he says, "tell me about it!" WE are out of lots of stock! No 22 shells in the store for instance."

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Hunting in my state pumps about $403 million into the economy. Just read an article about it.

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from labrador12 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Here in NY over 200,000 whitetails will be harvested. I suspect a chunk of change is involved.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

obviously gun deer season is huge in wisconsin. also muskie fishing is huge in northern wisconsin epecially oneida and vilas counties

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from natureonthefly wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

'Outdoorsy'traditional activities like hunting and fishing fly under the radar because so many people see them as old fashioned. Plus I would bet that it's bad business for the television stations to talk about issues aimed at a specific audience that is more likely to be outside participating in said subject rather than sitting inside listening to someone else talk about it.

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Hunting in my state pumps about $403 million into the economy. Just read an article about it.

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from mayoaaron wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Liberal media doesn't want to publicize anything positive about hunting.

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from jay wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

mayoaaron nailed it. There is no way in hell the liberal media is going print a story that puts hunting in a positive light.

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from labrador12 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Here in NY over 200,000 whitetails will be harvested. I suspect a chunk of change is involved.

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from wisc14 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

obviously gun deer season is huge in wisconsin. also muskie fishing is huge in northern wisconsin epecially oneida and vilas counties

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from natureonthefly wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

'Outdoorsy'traditional activities like hunting and fishing fly under the radar because so many people see them as old fashioned. Plus I would bet that it's bad business for the television stations to talk about issues aimed at a specific audience that is more likely to be outside participating in said subject rather than sitting inside listening to someone else talk about it.

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from clinchknot wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

Tell you what is readily apparant regarding pumping money into economies....Obama's re-election!! Gun shops opening up in all kinds of vacant buildings and packed with customers! I stopped in one yesterday after seeing several other gun shops that had opened up. Customers buying guns, and lots of ammo worrying about new liberal legislation coming down the pike creating expensive registration, and new taxation on gun items like ammo. My box store had all kinds of shotgun shells I use in stock. I'd go into the store at regular intervals seeing they had lots of the shells I use. I build up my inventory during the out of season months. Then BO was re-elected, and my brother emails me from UTAH telling me the cost of the shells down there had doubled in price! I headed for my store, and they were totally out! When I told the gun dept manager he says, "tell me about it!" WE are out of lots of stock! No 22 shells in the store for instance."

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