The state of Colorado currently provides public hunting and fishing access on a mere 16 percent of its state trust lands, or approximately 480,000 of 3 million acres. This represents the lowest level of public access offered on state trust land in any state in the West.
Of the other 84 percent, much of the best hunting and fishing is leased to the highest bidder for exclusive recreational access, locking out most sportsmen. Contrast this with our federal public lands, nearly all of which are open to any sportsman with a valid license and a passion for adventure.
As hunting and fishing access is increasingly controlled by the wealthy and well-connected, public access only becomes more important. Lack of public access is the No. 1 reason hunters cite for giving up their sporting traditions. We can help reverse this trend by working to ensure that those of us who hunt and fish always have a place to recreate.
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is working with a bipartisan set of elected leaders in the Colorado General Assembly to develop legislation that would expand public access on Colorado’s state trust lands. We need your help to pass it. Sign this petition urging Colorado senators and representatives to support legislation that would improve public access on Colorado’s state trust lands and guarantee that every sportsman and woman has a place to hunt or fish.