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Camping World CEO Responds to Anti-Hunting Remarks

After criticizing photos of a Trump African safari, the CEO of Camping World reached out to members of the outdoor media to rectify his anti-hunting statements.


You must have been in a deep, Rip Van Winkle-esque sleep if you haven't heard the news—several photographs taken while Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were on African safari two years ago have started a media frenzy, highlighting the depth of divide between hunters and non-hunters.

After viewing the photos, Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World—an RV and camping supply company and former advertiser of Donald Trump's popular television show "Celebrity Apprentice"—went on record to say he was "disgusted" by the photographs. Other reports claimed the company would be pulling its sponsorship from the show.

Enter responsible hunters everywhere, expressing their outrage that a company that claims to "celebrate and honor all traditions of the outdoors" suddenly appeared to be anti-hunting.

On March 21, after consulting with representatives of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) as well as Ted Nugent, Lemonis, a non-hunter, reached out via a web press conference with members of the outdoor media to rectify his statements.

“I am deeply, deeply apologetic for any offensive behavior anyone believes I took part in," said Lemonis. "My reaction came from a lack of education, from a lack of understanding and in no way was directed toward anyone in the hunting community ... I am 100 percent in favor of legal hunting and fishing."

Read the full story "Camping World Folds Tents, Apologizes to Hunters," by J.R. Robbins of

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5 Responses to Camping World CEO Responds to Anti-Hunting Remarks

david c wrote:
November 13, 2012

No, don't put the stores out of business, demand a new CEO so this one can witness the consequences of his remarks. Make the store more prosperous after this CEO is gone.

Brian wrote:
April 01, 2012

Awesome. I concur that a bunch of idiot spoiled rotten kids shooting rare animals in Africa deserve to have the public ridicule that they got. Can't wait to go shopping at Camping World this upcoming season

Bob / Medford,Or. wrote:
March 29, 2012

I will never shop at Camping World again. That's to bad to because I liked shopping there.

Rich wrote:
March 27, 2012

After all is said and done, it's all about the bottom line. Isn't it?

thomas wrote:
March 22, 2012

He is so full of BS. All outdoorsmen/women should boycott the company and hopefully cause it to go bankrupt. Course this DS won't get hurt. He will take his millon dollar bonus and run like the liberal CS he is.