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OPINION

Chapman: Hunting works in Colorado

Mary Lou Chapman

As we continue to live in highly uncertain times, which are taking a toll on our local businesses, social life, and overall economy, many are missing activities and the opportunity to connect with friends and family. I am reminded that outdoor sports, such as hunting, are a great way to fill that void.  Hunting provides an opportunity to come together in a safe and socially distanced way, while also supporting our economy.

In my position, I see first-hand the economic benefits that hunters provide our great state. That’s why we joined as a partner of Hunting Works For Colorado, which is a partnership of small businesses, chambers, and organizations like RMFIA, who seek to educate hunters and non-hunters alike on the economic benefits of hunting. 

Hunters support our local businesses by spending $221 million on trip-related expenditures each year. This money translates into revenue for a multitude of businesses, not just our local grocery stores. Sporting goods stores, restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and motels all rely on this annual influx of spending. The average hunter in our state spends $2,600 each year and cares deeply about the conservation of our land and wildlife. 

We can feel encouraged knowing that hunters across the state are engaging in an activity that is safe and supportive. Hunting not only supports local economies across Colorado, it is also an activity that can be done while practicing social distancing, helping families and friends to safely come together this fall.

Mary Lou Chapman

Mary Lou Chapman, president of the Rocky Mountain Food Industry Association (RMFIA).