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CO State Trust Lands Brochure

So, some of you may have already known about this, but I had never seen the Colorado State Trust Lands brochure put out by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  I think it is great to have for reference.  I have hunted state lands in the past, but it has usually been as an afterthought.  I think I never found it on the CDOW website because it is under the "Land and Water" section instead of the "Hunting" section where I spend all my time.  I was surprised to find huntable state trust lands in areas that I hunt.  Now I am eager to get on the ground to check out some of these locations.  Just in case anybody else was as missing this information like I was, I thought I would share. 

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/92E6A12D-921E-4824-A2D5-E82659410103/0/StateTrustLands.pdf

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I noticed it the last time

I noticed it the last time that I was in a DOW office in Glenwood Springs.  It is interesting in all the information that you can find out by walking into one of them.  They usually have a area for all of their brochures that they put out along with the guide books for hunting and fishing. 

Colorado isn't along in this, just about any DOW in any state will have all kinds of free information that you can pick up just for going into the office.  Also don't forget the BLM and Forest Service offices in you area.  

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I have seen these brochures

I have seen these brochures as well but up to this point have never taken advantage of any of the state lands for hunting. I have in other states such as Wyoming and a very limited amount in Arizona years ago but not here as I have not yet needed them for the hunting I do right now. It's good to know that there are some other options out there though.

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thats cool colorado does

thats cool colorado does that.  i wonder if New Mexico does that?  does anyone know. This state is pretty tricky when it comes to state land.  Lots of it but heck if you can ever find any of it. 

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Go on down to your DOW office

Go on down to your DOW office and check it out if they do it or not.

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i some times wonder if they

i some times wonder if they even know...  There has been alot of state land issues in the news here in NM. 

It says state land and show state land but if you go on to it you can get in trouble.. I know sounds dumb but its true.  so much land is deeded out to cattle owners that i don't even say we have state land anymore here in NM. 

next time i am around the DOW i will ask but won't expect a answer.

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Colorado State Trust Lands

In Colorado, all State Trust Lands  are required to be income producing for the State educational system.  This means that the vast majority of these lands are leased to agricultural operations.  These leases are similar to private land leases in that the person paying for the lease has exclusive use of the property.  Who would pay to use property they did not have access control over? 

However, to the the great benefit of sportsmen, the Colorado DOW "top leases" about a half-million acres of the best wildlife habitat for the use of hunters during the fall seasons.  These are the lands detailed in the brochure.  All other State Trust lands are off limits to the public--unless you want to pony up the money to lease it yourself or pay a trespass fee to the lessee.

That's just the way it is.  I suspect other western states operate under a similar system.  These lands are distinct from the walk-in-hunting lands that the Colorado DOW leases from private owners for hunting purposes.  Those are detailed in other brochures, the BGAP and small-game access program.  Colorado has divided these private land programs into small game & big game units with separate fee structures.  Neighboring Kansas however, has over a million acres of free, public walk-in hunting that combines big game & small game areas.  A VASTLY better program.

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ok i have found out that most

ok i have found out that most of the state land here is used by the schools in ways of making money for the state.  there is some state land that is used by landowner that run cattle on it.  but the trade of is if they don't let you on to there state land you have the right to go on there pravite land.  i guess that is a good trade off.

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