25 Nov. 2013
Dear Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners:
I am writing on behalf of Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (CO BHA) to offer general support for, and specific comments on, several Issue Submittals you will vote on in January.
W-004: As per comments previously submitted to CPW by BHA Southern Rockies Coordinator, Tim Brass, our nonprofit grassroots sportsmen’s group strongly encourages you to enact the Preferred Alternative, “Add new Section C to CPW #W-004,” outlawing the use of aerial drones in any aspect of hunting or scouting. Technology, industry, and human laziness will continue to attack the dignity of hunting and fishing, making more such restrictions necessary going forward.Sad but absolutely necessary.
The Uncompahgre Plateau in western Colorado is a vast, remote chunk of geography that encompasses red rock desert canyons and magnificent aspen and ponderosa forests. It features tiny perennial trout streams that originate in the snowy high reaches and descend 4000 feet unchecked, carving 20 mile canyons before plunging into the Gunnison and Dolores Rivers in the hot deserts below.
This diverse landscape abounds with herds of elk including the famous trophy bulls found in game management unit 61. It is also home to impressive mule deer that get big in the remote canyons, as well as rare Desert Bighorn Sheep. Hunters covet the opportunity to pursue these animals in a stunning setting, and spend many years patiently acquiring the points needed to finally be awarded a tag. And once you get out there you’ll probably hear a lion scream on the rimrock and see bear tracks down along the streams.
October 31, 2013
RE: Hunting as a Management Tool - Rabbit Mountain Open Space Management Plan Revision
Dear Mr. Kobza,
We want to thank you for providing the opportunity to comment on the Rabbit Mountain Management Plan Revision. The undersigned sportsmen conservation organizations support wildlife management that is based on sound science and which utilizes the traditional management tools available (i.e. hunting) to achieve wildlife management objectives. To this end, we ask that you please consider the following comments when developing the resource management plan.
Publicly-Accessible Hunting as a Management Tool:
Currently sportsmen have paid the bill for more than $150,000 in agricultural game damage caused by the local Saint Vrain elk herd. In 2012 alone over $20,000 in elk damage was paid to landowners through revenue generated from license fees. Yet sportsmen have very limited publicly-accessible elk hunting opportunities in this area. Thus wildlife managers lack the traditional management tools needed to keep populations in check, limit damage to neighboring private property and ensure that Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s limited funding is being spent wisely.
September 18, 2013
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (Draft RPM/EIS) and Travel Management Plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (D-E NCA). I am submitting my comments on behalf of the Colorado Chapter of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. I represent our State Chapter as the Habitat Watchman for the Uncompahgre. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is a grassroots organization of sportsmen and women who strongly believe in the principals of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model and the value of our public lands for fish and wildlife habitat and the traditional fishing and hunting opportunities that are available to all sportsmen. As a group of sportsmen, we are highly dependent upon our public lands to support the fish and wildlife species we all enjoy. We believe in the conservation and management of fish and wildlife habitats on our public lands, and in providing undisturbed backcountry areas for fish and wildlife and the opportunity for traditional methods of hunting and fishing that challenge us physically and mentally and emphasize the principals of fair chase.
In the short window between first and second rifle seasons, Colorado BHA hosted two lively happy hours for hunters in Gunnison County. These informal gatherings, which took place on October 16th in Paonia and October 17th in Gunnison, attracted local and non-resident hunters alike who came together to discuss Colorado BHA’s efforts to identify areas of high-value backcountry habitat in Gunnison County for permanent protection.
With door prizes, great food, plenty of cold beverages and hunting season in full swing, the energy of the sportsmen in attendance was encouraging, and the passion for conservation impossible to miss. Following a brief introduction of BHA from Executive Director, Land Tawney and an introduction of CO BHA’s key projects in the area by Southern Rockies Coordinator, Tim Brass; BHA members new and old discussed local efforts to conserve backcountry habitat on Gunnison County’s public lands.