CO Issues

Colorado BHA Comments on San Carlos Travel Management Plan

San Carlos Ranger District -

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the San Carlos Ranger District’s Draft Travel Analysis. Please consider my comments to be part of the public record.

First, I will address certain roads that are mis-categorized in terms of benefit and risk.

1. Road 173B (North Taylor Creek above the Rainbow Trail). Whereas lower portions of 173 allow Rainbow Trail motorized and non-motorized users to enter and exit the trail, the upper portion dead ends at the wilderness boundary, making it less desirable for motorized recreation. Its location is highly susceptible to sheet erosion in spots, and there is very little parking for users of the North Taylor Creek Trail.

To prevent further erosion and protect elk habitat on the ridge between North Taylor and Verde creeks, FSR 173 should be  decommissioned and converted to a trail above the Rainbow Trail crossing, with some provision made for trailhead parking at that point.

Colorado BHA Comments on Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy

IMG 2498The following comments were submitted by CO BHA in regards to the CO Parks and Wildlife's Draft Mule Deer Strategy.

August 12, 2014

TO:  Colorado Parks and Wildlife

RE:  Comments on Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy - Draft August 9, 2014

Please consider the following comments on behalf of the Colorado Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in regards to the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy - Draft Aug.9, 2014.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a grassroots sportsmen conservation organization dedicated to serving as a voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.  We support wildlife and land management plans that are scientifically-based and which balance social demands with biological needs.  Accordingly, we felt compelled to comment on the current effort to draft a West Slope Mule Deer Strategy.

Hunters/Anglers Support Holding Anti-Government Extremists Accountable

josh packing outRecently anti-government extremist David Justice was arrested by federal authorities for tearing down an access gate along the Cushman Creek Trail near Olathe, Colo. Justice, also known as Stanley Hugh Anderson, appeared in U.S. District court in Grand Junction Friday, July 25, to face one felony count of willful destruction of government property.[1]

As a big game hunter, veteran, and chairman of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & anglers (BHA), I’ve watched with some trepidation during recent months as a select (and misguided) few among our state’s lawmakers and county commissioners have encouraged extremist fringe-types, like Anderson, by pushing ginned up proposals to transfer federal public lands to the state or sell them off outright.

Sportsmen-Veterans Support Efforts To Protect Browns Canyon, Colorado

BC Meeting 103Back in October 1991 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its Wilderness Study Report for the Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA) between Salida and Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colo., saying (in part): “Due … to its rugged topography, this WSA is important habitat for numerous wildlife species such as mule deer, mountain lion and bighorn sheep ... bobcat, black bear … and … elk.”[1]

Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall has introduced legislation that would protect 22,000 acres of Browns Canyon, to ensure that the canyon remains just like it is now for coming generations of hunters, anglers and others.[2] Salida area resident Bill Sustrich is a Word War II/U.S. Navy veteran and National Rifle Association (NRA) Life/Benefactor Member who raised a family of four youngsters on deer, elk, and trout he shot and caught in Browns Canyon and surrounding public lands.

Colorado BHA Asks Montrose County Commission to Reconsider Support of Federal Land Transfer

July 13, 2014

Dear Commissioners:

I’m writing you both as a veteran and chairman of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & anglers. As you are likely aware, it was a fellow veteran, Theodore Roosevelt, who is responsible for much of the great public lands inheritance and heritage that Americans enjoy today.

In 1887, Roosevelt founded the Boone and Crockett Club with fellow sportsmen. As explained by American Hunter contributor Mike Fuljenz, this group later became Roosevelt’s brain trust of “hunter-conservationists” during his presidential crusade to preserve habitat for elk, deer, buffalo, and other species among America’s vast wild places and wide open spaces. To Roosevelt, no one was better suited to lead this crusade than America’s hunters—those who spent time in the wilds and respected the beauty and wildlife like few others.[1]