Still Feeling the Hurt from Anti-Gun Policies, Dick’s May Pull All Hunting Gear from Stores


Dick’s Sporting Goods may stop selling hunting products.  Probably because they can no longer sell hunting products.  That’s what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you.  (Photo: Wikipedia)

Dick’s Sporting Goods may no longer sell hunting-related gear and products.

The CEO for the sporting goods retailer said Thursday that the company was doing a trial run in 10 locations, pulling all hunting merchandise and replacing it with other items.

“Though it’s too early to discuss performance, we’re optimistic these changes will better serve the athletes in these communities,” Dick’s CEO Edward Stack said in a conference call, as reported by JSOnline.

The reason for the new approach may be because sales in that department have plummeted across all of Dick’s 732 stores.

“Specific to hunt, in addition to the strategic decisions made regarding firearms earlier this year, sales continued to be negatively impacted by double-digit declines in hunt and electronics,” said Lee Belitsky, chief financial officer.

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By “strategic decisions” Belitsky is referring to the company’s announcement in the wake of the February massacre in Parkland, Florida that it would no longer sell guns to adults under the age of 21 and that it would not only stop selling but destroy its existing inventory of modern sporting rifles at its 35 Field & Stream locations.

It was all downhill from there.

In April it was revealed that Dick’s had hired lobbyists to push gun control in Washington, D.C. Firearms manufacturers Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s upon learning of this news in May.

By June, the company reported an “accelerated decline” in hunting sales. Then, in August, Dick’s shares fell by much as 10 percent after posting underwhelming sales numbers.

“I guess it is hard for them to sell hunting gear after they alienated gun owners as customers by banning the sale of semi-auto rifles from their stores,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in an email to GunsAmerica.

“Gun owners have decided to spend their dollars at competitors where they are welcome and their constitutional and civil rights are respected,” he added.

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  • Michael Gursky March 25, 2019, 10:34 am

    Just cut up my “Dick’s” card and will be returning it to them – – I guess they won’t need or miss my fishing, camping, or golf gear business either! Sorry that they took the “knee Jerk” reaction to current events – – the optimum word being “JERK” Oh well – – more business for Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops!

  • Alan Reigle March 15, 2019, 5:18 am

    Will enjoy watching them go tits up

  • Bob G March 11, 2019, 4:27 am

    Sell all of the running shoes, jock straps, and golf clubs you want. Hunting and shooting are no longer Dicks’ forte. Can I get a camping tent? Never mind. I’ll go to Cabelas.

  • Mike January 12, 2019, 10:57 am

    Now if there was a way to effect Bloomberg’s finances the same way.

  • G. O.A. Patriot January 10, 2019, 10:45 am

    Dicks! Just the name says it all!!!

  • Ron January 9, 2019, 9:11 am

    Locally Dicks took over an ild Sports Authority store that went bellyup when real men who buy guns quit showing up along with their family members. To add to their woes they are a block away from Academy Sports and across the street from a dieing mall. Dumb decision. But they seem to be full of dumb management. If you own stock in Dicks get out now before it us worthless.

  • Howard January 8, 2019, 6:06 pm

    Looks to me like Dick’s is going the way of Sports Authority. Clearly they are focusing on urban yuppies, and not on rural outsdoorsmen/outsdoorwomen. I’m done with Dick’s because they don’t have items which I use.

  • Bob Bentley January 8, 2019, 4:47 pm

    Maybe they could put in a couple isles of Select Dildos for their preferred “Customers”

  • G-MAN January 8, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Dicks is stupid but look at are biggest hunting store. You know who I’m talking about. They are weeding out the hunting and replacing everything with fishing. It won’t be long and Cabelas will be the topic of our discussion. Dicks is dead and gone but I hope Cabelas throws Bass Pro Shop to the curb. Then maybe we’ll get the good equipment back in the stores again.
    God bless America and the Oppressed around the World
    Never give up

  • Jerry January 8, 2019, 6:01 am

    Who cares about them? I stopped shopping there! they would rather appease the left dummycrats. I hope you fold soon.

  • Carl January 8, 2019, 12:09 am

    Poor little Dick’s! Should have been named Pussys

  • Darryl Burkman January 7, 2019, 9:30 pm

    Fuck Dick’s!!!!! May they burn in bankruptcy hell!!!!

  • Chris Beitzel January 7, 2019, 7:53 pm

    Another 2nd Amendment violation!! In MD

    Is anyone or the NRA, planning on fighting this new Red Flag law in Maryland, which is unconstitutional! Like most red flag laws are unconstitutional according to the 4th & 2nd amendments! #II as written there In plain English i.e. II=The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Does it need to be spelled out period! I don’t see any commas or any quotations or asterix just a. Which means any law relating to guns being separated from the people is unconstitutional according to the 2nd amendment period! How did we let them get the 1st gun law in the 1st place? It was the people’s job to march on the court
    that Considered it constitutional Under amendment VI, whereas we should have formed a militia due to the public danger of losing our rights and marched on the court and put in a constitutional abiding Supreme Court not one that disobeyed the Constitution and we are also absolved from any prosecution while doing so under amendment V! This is how important our founding fathers thought our rights were And wanted us to be able to protect them with out punishment! With that being said I’m wondering why your lawyers haven’t argued this in court especially the new Supreme Court many of these gun laws on the books to their unconstitutional like I said probably even the 1st one according to the bill of rights and the 2nd amendment! It was so important they even put it in amendment IX that none of these rights would be changed in order to take away such rights I don’t understand how you cannot fight these Unconstitutional laws in court if the NRA were a militia will you would have the ability to take our rights back and according to the founding fathers it’s our duty! No I’m not a radical I’m just an upset gun owner watching my gun rights being subverted and snatched away secretly behind my back ever since the 1st one was passed!? Now it’s about time someone spoke up about the unconstitutionality of it all. Maryland law and the others throughout the nation Like this one that was passed under our noses with no media attention until after it was passed!? Maybe you could at least answer my question when did the period at the end of the 2nd amendment became a comma instead of a period> Period!

    Yours Truly Chris Beitzel
    A Constitutionalist, Conservative, Nationalist, Deplorable, American Loving Patriot!!!

  • oldfuzz695 January 7, 2019, 7:42 pm

    I patronized Dick’s store in Gainesville, Ga. several times before their anti-gun policies and I would be the only customer there.
    C.E.O. Stack, I can only say to you what the Army Drill Instructor said to Forrest Gump, “are you stupid or sumthin!?

  • Richie January 7, 2019, 6:59 pm

    Dicks reminds me of the last episode of Star Wars…. too political correct…. a bust at the ticket office”

    • Darryl Burkman January 7, 2019, 9:31 pm

      Love this!!!

  • Wiz January 7, 2019, 4:33 pm

    Never been in a dick’s store, guess I’ll never go in one now, probably won’t be around for long. The going out of business sale probably will be poorly attended, oh well, adios dick’s. Time to say AMF.

  • Carl January 7, 2019, 3:08 pm

    This is actually good news. Dick’s is a feeble store as is, at least in areas where I’m familiar with. Dick’s seems to be following the paths of other stores I am familiar with, such as Sports Chalet and Sports Authority which have both gone out of business while doing the same thing as Dick’s plans. This means that Dick’s is likely to soon go the way of the Dodo, which will be a service to us all. That will make room for true sporting goods stores.

  • Jim January 7, 2019, 2:08 pm

    Wait hear that loud cheering it is Academy sports shouting yes we will be number one for all things sports because you all are stupid and will soon be completely out of business thanks DICKS!

  • kjj1564 January 7, 2019, 1:52 pm

    Dicks should put a notice in the entrance of every store that anyone that beleaves in the 2nd amendment should take there business elsewhere. Stand tall, be proud of your stance against guns, let everyone know what a bunch of DICKS you truly are.

  • Tommy Williams January 7, 2019, 12:46 pm

    Because the country doesn’t have enough Nike T-shirts and yoga pants.

  • CC January 7, 2019, 12:37 pm

    Don’t forget K-Mart and their stand on firearms after the Columbine Shooting. They are still and barely going through the death throws of the PC decision they made. They were if not the first one of the first to make a really stupid decision to go political on a corporate level. They got what they deserve on a corporate level just sad that the good and decent people that worked for them didn’t take some sort of a stand on the issue.
    God Bless My America 🎚🎚
    Keep on huntin and shootin and all them fun things we do. Just don’t buy from companies that don’t support our fun things!!

    PS I ment to misspell some of the words 😂😂

  • ras January 7, 2019, 11:55 am

    Dick’s decided to introduce politics into their business. The idea that Dick’s would allow a anti American political hack to influence a business decision based on a radical agenda is unimaginable. I may be old school, but I am a firm believer in the respect for the flag of the U.S. as a symbol of those who gave their all to defend the liberties it stands for. If it were not for them, Dick’s and every common business would not be able to exist as we know it. Therefore since Dick’s has decided to inject politics into their business, because this malcontent doesn’t like our Republic and those in law enforcement and the military that protect us daily, we no longer have interest in doing business with Dick’s

  • Hector Gonzalez January 7, 2019, 11:09 am

    I won’t spend a dime in Dicks. My girlfriend went in there wanting some sweaters and she got them. I was with her and was going to use my military discount to save some coin. They told me that they don’t offer a mil mil discount anymore. Its only during the holidays that they do.

  • Ro Gal January 7, 2019, 11:08 am

    When I used to shop at Dicks, it was hard to find an employee for help unless you pushed one of the Help Buttons. Since the Dicks anti 2A stance, I haven’t stepped foot in their stores. I can find everything online ( xxxxx-Warehouse, Amazon, Walmart, Big 5, Target, L.L. Bean, Midway USA, Brownells, REI, etc…). The choices are unlimited and prices are usually as good or better!

  • Joe January 7, 2019, 10:47 am

    Perhaps Dicks can sell pussy tickler feathers for its real clients, the socialist gun haters.

  • W Casteel January 7, 2019, 10:38 am

    I think I’ll just take a walk through one of the few in my area and tell every employee who might ask if I need any help… “ No I just came in to see what a screwed up place looks like just before it caves in”… but I must add tithe last time I was in a “DiCKS” I couldn’t get an employee to look my direction much less help me find anything, and that was three years before the gun issues… maybe they’ll open Dollat General in the vacant bldg…

  • Andre Smith January 7, 2019, 10:11 am

    I’ll never buy anything from Dick’s ever. One of the few times i put my foot down with my wife and told her never to buy anything from Dick’s.

  • david huckabee January 7, 2019, 9:49 am

    well, i think the stores name (DICKS) says it all. inside their leadership, they are ALL just a bunch of DICKS, including any female staff working there. they come from the same cloth as mr M ZUKERBERG. when they walk into the room, they are the smartest person immediately. like MOSES, they will save the people and lead the way to a better life. lol

  • Jerry Herndon January 7, 2019, 9:28 am

    Apparently Dicks has decided to go after the anti-gunner business yet at the same time capture the pro-gun market and divert them to Field and Stream. A two faced gutless approach to doing business. I predict both will fail in this scheme.

  • Mark Anderson January 7, 2019, 8:56 am

    Not an issue with me. I quit doing business with Dick’s after they went political. If you want a big box store just go to Academy Sports.

  • Sean Ebra January 7, 2019, 8:13 am

    Field and Stream sells ARs and ammo .They are owned by same people as Dicks! Hipocrites.

    • LouDawg January 7, 2019, 9:38 pm

      Not hypocrites, just ‘tarded. You must have not read the article, because they destroyed all their ARs & “sporting rifles” at their Field & Stream stores. They actually destroyed inventory that they paid for! Lit flames to dollars to prove a point. Cut off their nose to spite their face!

      • Sean Ebra January 10, 2019, 10:27 am

        Loudog I was in field and stream in Colunbus Ohio last July LOOKING AT ARS so I dont care what you read when I saw it with my own eyes!

      • Sean Ebra January 10, 2019, 10:32 am

        Im just saying ,boycott Field and Streams too!

  • David Welsh January 7, 2019, 8:08 am

    Incompetent, unAmerican feckless, Dickless “leafers” at that company. Typically, the bigger the corporation or government, and the richer the person, the more unAmerican it/they become. Power and gross wealth corrupt.

  • Bob January 7, 2019, 7:44 am

    Dicks sucks. They are a clothes store.

  • Michael Rossi January 7, 2019, 7:14 am

    Obama likes DICKS.

    • JR Hutto January 7, 2019, 8:40 am

      Couldn’t have said it better.

  • MIke S. January 7, 2019, 7:07 am

    Fine! And before long they can change the name to Dick’s Sneakers…..just before they go under.

  • Les Hagbloom January 7, 2019, 6:26 am

    Best thing to do is go in there and fill a basket up to the rim when you go to check out when they tell you the total ask them about guns and ammo if they say we don’t handle that stuff anymore just leave the store without saying a word.

    • David A Welsh January 7, 2019, 8:08 am

      Good idea.

    • Dr Motown January 7, 2019, 8:18 am

      Diabolical….I love it!

  • Chuck January 7, 2019, 5:45 am

    Bye Dick’s! I’ll never step into your store again. Much less buy anything. Also, all family and friends will be contacted about your position. I’m sure you’ll lose most of them. (We have 10 kids and 37 grandchildren and there is probably 100 friends who respect our family). We’ll do our best to educate everyone in our community.

    • PB dave January 7, 2019, 9:53 am

      Been there-done that…… 3 kids thru soccer, football, wrestling, track…… all those pieces of equipment, clothes, shoes, balls, not to mention fishing and camping gear, bikes.
      How many hunters have outfitted their kids & grandkids for non- shooting sports by shopping at Dick’s ?
      That box of shot shells that the old grandpa doesn’t buy may not be a big loss to them, but the HUNDREDS that grandma doesn’t spend on the kids side of the store is……

  • Ralph December 31, 2018, 3:01 pm

    I would not spend one penny at Dicks. They want to cater to the anti-gun crowd then let them, see how many guns they buy from them. Poor decision on there part, but what do you expect from the CEO, he is most likely a liberal anti-gun person himself. Hope you do out of business.

    • Mark January 7, 2019, 8:19 am

      You should step into a bookstore and buy a dictionary.

      • JR Hutto January 7, 2019, 8:45 am

        Perhaps you should lighten up. We have enough problems fighting gun grabbers to be infighting over such petty a thing as there instead of their. Unless you are a gungrabber yourself.

  • Sam Meyer December 12, 2018, 1:06 pm

    Like the rest of the posters above, I have no sympathy for Dicks and won’t shop their stores for any reason. That means I won’t shop their hunting department, OR their golf, baseball, football, tennis, boating or any other departments in the store, and will not allow my wife or kids to do so either. Since YETI has taken a similar stand by cutting all ties with the NRA, Pheasants Forever, the parent company of Savage Arms and other organizations in any way related to firearms use, however tenuous, I suggest that sportsmen refuse to also use or purchase their products as well – after all, there are only about ten other manufacturers building coolers and drink cups at a lower price point that work just as well, so why buy YETI??? The sportsmen’s community has tremendous financial leverage – we just need to use it consistently.

  • David Welsh December 6, 2018, 6:55 pm

    Dickless will now become a Kohls with jockstraps. Their loss is the gain of local and regional retailers who actually are acquainted with the second amendment and the average Joe who doesn’t have his nails manicured.

  • Carl December 6, 2018, 2:29 pm

    Good riddance dicks we the armed of america will shop at other stores and watch your stock fall until you go out of business …no big loss to the armed masses but a great loss to your business

  • Joe December 6, 2018, 1:31 pm

    Sports Authority began their decline with the same stupid decisions that Dick’s has made. There is no forgiveness in a sportsman’s heart for blatant disloyalty. Good Bye Dick’s!

    • John L January 7, 2019, 11:53 am

      I was going to make the same comment. While my Sports Authority store never sold guns or ammo I would buy fishing and camping gear. Walked in one day and they had eliminated the fishing aisle. Further they no longer sold fishing/hunting licenses. We all know how that worked out for them. Oddly, my local Ace Hardware still sells ammo, targets and a few shooting related items.

    • Carl January 7, 2019, 3:09 pm

      Ha ha. I just made a similar comment. Hey – its a good thing. The faster they go, the better for real sporting goods stores.

  • Raymond Lee Herbst December 6, 2018, 11:21 am

    Dick head needs to use common sense… the car is burning up, pull your ass over and bail out Now.

    You are Done!
    There are only si many tennis rackets and balls to be sold.

  • Doug December 6, 2018, 7:41 am

    Roger, I will make a magor effort to watch my spelling;)

  • Sean Carberry December 6, 2018, 7:19 am

    “Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s”…😂

  • Roger Claxton December 3, 2018, 10:53 pm

    I had a conversation with my most local Dicks store after they made their “bed”. Told her I would not spend another cent in her store due to corporate decisions- and that hunters also buy clothing, camping gear, etc. Unwise decisions on corporate level and suggested she and her employees should go elsewhere. Told the competition to hire good folks from Dicks- after dropping magor$ among the competition! FOLKS watch your spelling so we don’t look like idiots!!!

  • George December 1, 2018, 9:16 pm

    When they first opened a Field and Stream store here in Scranton Pa, I was excited about it. I actually purchased 2 firearms there and now regret it. Since they day they announced that they were destroying all their sporting rifles, and also won’t sell any firearms to any law abiding adult under 21, which makes up a huge number of our military personal protecting our country. I will never step foot in that store again or purchase anything from Dicks sporting goods again. I have spent Thousands of $$$ there over the years in hunting, fishing and golf equipment.

  • Tim December 1, 2018, 3:13 pm

    I posted an open letter to the non hunter sporting goods store above with no negative content & I suppose the moderator for this sight must work for that chain of stores as it did not get passed them.

    Oh well,

    I’ll take my vetran & citizen opinions elsewhere…

  • Tim December 1, 2018, 3:03 pm

    Dear Dick’s sporting goods…All but Hunters,

    Please remove everything related to hunting from your shelves because there are still citizens out there that have not heard that you have taken a stand against the Constitution & have removed the Second Amendment rights from many Vetrans & active duty citizens not to mention all the rest of the people under 21.

    Because the lawmakers in this country will not make laws for criminals Dick’s has decided to make up laws for your customers.

    Please make it easier for free thinking folks who love the traditions of hunting to decide where they buy their next box of 3006 ammo & the new tent for this year’s hunt.

    Thank you…

    A helpful Vetran & Citizen

  • James G. Mothes December 1, 2018, 1:32 pm

    WEll, It is obvious Dicks is run by a bunch of clowns that have a terminal case of cranial anal insertion. Hope they go bankrupt!!! They damn sure deserve it!!! Maybe the term Dick Head should apply in this case!!!

    • SteveinSedona January 7, 2019, 1:49 pm

      “Cranial anal insertion” – still laughing over that one. Is that like “optirectalitis” where one’s head is up one’s ass, giving one a shitty outlook on life?

  • Alex Tary November 30, 2018, 11:40 pm

    Time to pull my business from Dick’s

  • Harvey j. Marenic November 30, 2018, 11:30 pm

    This what happens when you believe there are more anti gun people than there are pronouns gun people GOOD FOR YOU DICKS HOPEFULLY YOU’LL HAVE TO CLOSE YOUR COROORSTD OFFICE IN PA. BECAUSE HERE WE BWLIEVE IN OUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

  • Robb November 30, 2018, 9:39 pm

    Maybe Dick’s will follow the business model of Sports Authority it worked so well for them.

  • dennis November 30, 2018, 8:19 pm

    go ahead dicks ! pull all the guns and hunting equipment ! then watch your sales disappear and your company falls apart !!! so do it and loose it all !! you don’t have any idea what your doing ! heres a hint ( NFL )

  • Daniel L Michlig November 30, 2018, 8:13 pm

    ” Springfield Armory and Mossberg completely cut off Dick’s” A real gun company would shoot them off.

  • Tony November 30, 2018, 7:11 pm

    There policy is not fare to all the Law Abiding Citizens and Sportsman. The Criminals cause all the problems and the good prople of this country always suffer.

  • Floyd November 30, 2018, 7:08 pm

    Hope they go under having 4 kids we no longer buy any thing from them I probably spent 2000 a year there on shoes jerseys ect in the past!

  • John G. November 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

    Good, doesn’t bother me at all, I hope they go bankrupt. Haven’t seen the need to into one of their stores for many years because of their outrageous pricing.

  • Roger Pemberton November 30, 2018, 6:45 pm

    Alan Gottlieb summed up my reasoning for never shopping at Dick’s sporting goods. I would like to think companies would learn gun owners that care about their rights won’t stand for being betrayed while these companies pander to the anti gun anti freedom crowd. Springfield Armory made this mistake and has possibly recovered some from it by doing a heck of a lot of back peddling, cutting ties, and apologizing. Daniel Defense almost made the same mistake but was smart enough to send out a mass email for input from their customers. After Daniel Defense got back an overwhelming response the company decided that it may not be a good idea to pursue. Honestly I would say that they were right in their decision and why. Money talks when it comes to business and if you drive the money away you eventually don’t have a business. The phrase “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” comes to mind. You may very well stop getting fed.

  • Upsidedownjack November 30, 2018, 6:38 pm

    DICK’S! Nuff said!

  • praack November 30, 2018, 6:20 pm

    yup down almost 4% , the Dicks in my area is almost dead during the week, has some business on weekends, only really showed life on black friday. so what do you do when you made a bad policy decision that is hitting your business?


  • michael failla November 30, 2018, 6:16 pm

    Dicks. Good name for em.

    • Richard Dilorenzo January 7, 2019, 7:19 am

      I’m changing my given name…. c’mon Butkus…join me… too Cheney!

  • Larry Kelley November 30, 2018, 6:02 pm

    I already thought dicks stopped selling guns. I stopped going there earlier last summer because they don’t have any guns to sale

  • Vance Woolley November 30, 2018, 5:58 pm

    I haven’t done business with dick’s since the first time they robbed law abiding customers. Hopefully they will quickly complete capitalism’s process of creative destruction and free up all their retail space for a competent merchant.

  • William Glanz November 30, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Fred Meyers up here in Alaska Has also put a Stop to all Gun Sales and I for One Have Not Went in to any Fred Meyer since and I only Go in to the City of Fairbanks (145 Miles N.E.) of Our Home once a Month and had been Spending close to 700 every month on Items and I now Go to Safeway for all our Shopping.

  • Derrick Troxell November 30, 2018, 5:03 pm

    Prices are too high at Dicks, what do you expect?

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