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More Colorado private land vouchers?

I just heard that the DOW stakeholders group for license allocations wants 10% more licenses of elk and deer go to private land owners. This would come out of the general pool of total licenses This means they would have 25% of the total licenses issued. If this is true, so much for the common hunter wanting to go elk hunting Cry
Anybody have any more info on this??

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More Colorado private land vouchers?

ST,
I attended the License Allocation Meeting last night in Denver. The Landowners do want more tags. But it's not over until it's over. The hunters in that room last night, 100+ were totally against giving Landowners anymore! The Colorado Division of Wildlife is taking a survey for our imput both Resident and Non-Resident. If you cut and Paste this on your browser, it will take you to the survey page. Go down a little to the Public Imput and select what you want to down load it to. Please take a minute and fill it out. You can either e-mail it back to Tiffany Meredith, Fax it or Mail it to CDOW.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/hunt/BigGame/License_Allocation/index.asp

If you would like to see the answers that The Colorado BowHunting Association reccomends e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

Thanks,
Jeff

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More Colorado private land vouchers?

Hey ST, its been awhile and I may be forgetting, but weren't you advocating a portion of CO licenses go to outfitters only (to sell to whom they want, presumably paying customers) awhile back? Like MT's system?

If so, how would this be any different to the "common hunter"? I.E. if the private land owners don't get the tags, the outfitters will....

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More Colorado private land vouchers?

Bitmasher
allocating licenses to outfitters would be a completely different situation.
The licenses would be above and beyond the general license allocations and the fees for these licenses would go toward wildlife habitate and opening public lands access that are locked in by private lands, among other wildlife management incentives. These would be a very small percentage of licenses, say 2%-3% of the total allocations. In Montana, outfitter services are a vital part of the year around economy of the State and provide a welcome service. It also keeps vialble outfitter businesses in business instead of going out of business in a bad draw year for customers. It is a win-win situation.
Private land vouchers do not contribute a dime to wildlife habitate, the economy or the public, and are usable in any area of the game unit, instead of on the actual private land. If you purchase a private land voucher, the land owner usually will not let you hunt on the private land anyway, and this just puts more hunting pressure on the public lands.The land owners pocket the money and laugh all the way to the bank! Just my opinion.

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