Lots of good thoughts in this thread...
cob: I don't think hunting is a rich man's sport if you do 3 things: hunt in state, have access to good public land, and stick to typical species (deer). Go outside these 3 items and things start getting expensive fast, especially if you have a taste for new guns and techno-toys (personally I don't, but have nothing against those that do). You also make an excellent point on the out of state license fees. I am patently against their being more than a 10% cost difference between in-state and out-of-state licenses (the 10% being used for differences in paperwork costs for an in-state vs out-of-state). That being said, I have been at DOW meetings where the anti-out-of-stater retoric gets to near xenophobic proportions.
Oh and regarding the CO-TX dislike. Your former governor had no problem winning big in CO the last election. If popular election is any judge it doesn't sound like CO distrusts Texasan that much.
expatriate: I believe there is a type of "uber-hunter" that spends big-bucks yearly on hunting. Orp's friend at 40k is certainly one of these (the median U.S. household income is ~42k or less, so Orp's friend is spending on just hunting alone what nearly half of all U.S. families live on in one year). Your example with Ted Turner is also a good one too. These uber-hunter's are relatively rare, but their buying patterns are influental on the rest of the crowd.
orp: thanks for laying out your LA costs, that shows where the big expenses are.