Steve Hilde has worked very hard to get this off of the ground. This is very similar to Montana's Block Management, Idaho's and Wyoming's Access Yes Programs. This could open up millions of private acres to Colorado's hunters.
Maybe some day they will be working with the big ranches to open up some access for all the elk that seek refuge there all year . This program is a great idea and hopefully it will expend to provide great access
Don't get your hopes too high yet. They're not going to lease many acres when they are only offering 25 cents an acre rental and asking for blocks of 2500 acres. Add the separate $40 access fee for deer & antelope and you have a program that will be slow to get off the ground.
Contrast this to neighboring Kansas which has free access on tracts of all sizes and allows both big game and bird hunting on the same acres.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see the program work but I'm thinking it's DOA. Stillborn.
plainview, I hope it's a win-win situation for the landowner and the hunter. I know Montana, Idaho and Wyoming's program are working out well for both of them. We might have to figure out a way to fund this program through volunteer payments or have a few tags set aside for a raffle drawing and put that money towards this program. Hopefully it will be a successful program and eventually cover the whole state.
I see the big game brochures are now on line for Colorado but cant find any info on th raches or land owners involved with this I am interested in deer and antelope has anyone seen any printed info on the lands available?
I was hoping that I had read that wrong somewhere. So we are supposed to draw a tag for an area and then hope that it happens to be an area participating in this program? Sounds like I may have to wait until next year for an antelope hunt!
Elk have been killed close to roads where they could be loaded whole into the bed of a pickup. But it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure that is the experience that I long for. The type of elk hunting that I prefer requires rigorous physical exertion that can cripple someone who is not in shape. Being a college hockey player I have to be in at least fair physical condition most of the year but when one of my buddies got back from the Navy Seals he changed the way I think about physical...