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.
Hunters in attendance provided valuable feedback on an initial look at potential areas for permanent conservation designations. As local BHA members and sportsmen continue this discussion, Colorado BHA eventually hopes to arrive at a solution that will ensure Gunnison County’s rich backcountry hunting traditions are maintained. We hope this process will help inform the legislative process that Senator Michael Bennet is facilitating.
If you are interested in getting involved with Colorado BHA’s efforts to conserve backcountry habitat and hunting opportunity in Gunnison County, please contact us here.