Created: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:25:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:45:11 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A group of local and regional leaders representing Colorado sporting organizations announced the launch of the hunting works for Colorado partnership.
“We’ve tried to bring in the business interest as well as the conservation non profit world that represents the voice of the average hunter. Historically they've existed within their own realm and this platform is to provide a voice for everybody, both to legislators and to hunters across the state,” said Gaspar Perricone, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioner.
The main message they're working to send is that hunting is an important economic factor.
"Hunting does sustain jobs, that is does provide tax revenues and that does provide dollars to many economies especially to smaller towns and elsewhere in Colorado,” said PatMartinez, Co-chair for Hunting Works for Colorado.
What are some of those economic numbers? According to statistics from the congressional sportsman's foundation, Colorado welcomes 115,000 hunters from out of state each year from hunting. Hunters in Colorado spend $185 million on hunting equipment each year.
"There are peoples jobs who depend on this economic activity so we're going to do whatever we can to make sure economic policies don’t get in that way,” added Martinez.
"But more than that, it’s a piece of the fabric of Colorado. It's a defining piece as a state and I think all of us would stand united and do whatever we can to protect that heritage,” added Perricone.