Colorado hunting license sales up 5K despite 'boycott' by some hunters opposed to new gun laws

DENVER - A threatened Colorado boycott by hunters opposed to the state's new gun laws has failed to make a big dent in Colorado's hunting license sales.

The Denver Post reports that the boycott was a bust, now that the state's primary big game hunting seasons have closed.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says they are up about 5,000 licenses over last year at this time.

The initial figures are a positive sign for Colorado's $1.8 billion hunting and fishing industry.

Colorado last year collected $38 million in elk and deer licenses from nonresidents, compared with $7.6 million from in-state hunters.

With the largest elk herd in the nation, Colorado is the only state that offers an unlimited number of over-the-counter bull elk licenses to out-of-state hunters.