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Commission Meeting

On Thursday and Friday there will be a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meetin in Alamosa.  I probably won't be able to listen in, but on Friday at 8:30, they plan to talk about Hunter and Angler Trends.  I don't know if that will include an up to date number on big game applications, but if it does, I'd certainly be interested to see to what degree boycotters followed through this year.  I doubt resident applications will change much, but nonresidents could have a huge impact.

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Those numbers could be

Those numbers could be interesting.  I find myself conflicted regarding the boycott of Colorado.  Politically, I support the idea 100%, and if enough people follow through, it would make a large enough financial impact to the state to really get the message across.  On the other hand, the financial impact will be felt first and foremost within wildlife management/conservation and the hunting industry itself, so it does feel a little like shooting ourselves in the foot.  On the other, other hand, less hunters in the woods means less competition and pressure for me.  On the other, other, other hand, longterm, the money will likely come from somewhere meaning that as an avid CO hunter, resident license costs will increase to cover the shortfall in funding from non-resident licenses.   I might be over-thinking it, but it will be interesting to watch, regardless.

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Boycott

WishIWasHunting wrote:

Those numbers could be interesting.  I find myself conflicted regarding the boycott of Colorado.  Politically, I support the idea 100%, and if enough people follow through, it would make a large enough financial impact to the state to really get the message across.  On the other hand, the financial impact will be felt first and foremost within wildlife management/conservation and the hunting industry itself, so it does feel a little like shooting ourselves in the foot.  On the other, other hand, less hunters in the woods means less competition and pressure for me.  On the other, other, other hand, longterm, the money will likely come from somewhere meaning that as an avid CO hunter, resident license costs will increase to cover the shortfall in funding from non-resident licenses.   I might be over-thinking it, but it will be interesting to watch, regardless.

I think your spot on with what you said. I'm basically thinking the same thing. If they do follow through I hope it increases the hunting oppurtunities for the locals.

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Thanks Mark

I don't think the boycott will have that great of an impact. I talked to one guide and outfitter from unit 40 last week and he has yet to have anyone cancel, but on the other hand I spoke to a guide and outfitter from unit 62 and he has already had 4 cancel on him.

Only time will tell !

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boycotters

I would hope that the boycotters wouldn't follow through.  As mentioned, the only people that would be getting hurt are the hunters and businesses that depend on hunters going out there each fall, not the lawmakers.  I know I will be in Colorado this fall!

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