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Anyone (residents & non-residents) interested in hunting in Colorado should be paying attention to what's going on with our Wildlife Commission.

This Denver Post article was an eye opener:
http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_3317486#
I found this article disturbing and I'm hoping its not as serious as the author portrays the situation. Charlie Meyers the author is noted for being anti-rancher, so I'll have to do some more digging and see if I can verify his information.

T. Wright Dickinson is no longer a county commissioner for Moffat County, even though this article states that he currently is. He is however a ranch owner and receives landowner tags in the much coveted units 2 & 201. He is not the only rancher that benefits from the landowner tags, all ranchers do. It should be noted that I'm not against landowner tag allotments, I do believe they're entitled to a small portion. What I don't like is the manipulation to take more & more.

Anyone else know more about this?

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The landowners are not against the sportsmen(women) specifically, but there are only so many tags in theseunits and if the landowners are given more vouchers, the sportsmen will have to relinquish an equal amount. The only way to combat this is to go to the wildlife commission meetings and make ourselves heard. As Mr. Meyers stated, the tag grab has been going on for a long time and the only thing that keeps it from progressing is the public pressure against it.
I too feel that landowners should be allotted some tags. I feel the system is screwed up though. As was discussed earlier in this thread,
http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/15667
landowners are given the tags to sell to the highest bidder and they DO NOT HAVE TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THEIR PROPERTY TO THOSE TAG HOLDERS!!!!
Another eye opener to me was from the divisions report to the wildlife commission recommending that the pilot program not be extended, the amount of private land in those units was listed and as a percentage, only unit 61 was 15% privately held which is how many licenses are given to landowners. I am not of the opinion that things should be changed from the status quo. Why should landowners in unit 2 for example, get 35% (initial proposal earlier this year) of the tags given to them when there is only 2% of the unit privately held?
In addition to Charlie Meyers in the Denver Post, Dave Buchannan of the GJ Daily Sentinel has also written a very similar article recently. Yes Cowgal, it is as serious as portrayed in the article. This has been going on for a number of years and will continue. I think the landowners will keep pushing until they get something through.
I am very concerned that the people appointed to the wildlife commission that are supposedly there to support sportsmen are not doing as much to combat this as the landowner representative are doing to promote this. I know that these are governor appointments and I think the guv definitely comes down on the side of the landowners on this issue.

Check out these links for some good information:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/2005/Dec/Landowner%20Pilo...

http://www.colofb.com/html/news/newsline_detail.php?nid=472

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I've known about the land owner tags for a long time and really didn't think anything of it, since I do live in the middle of a ranching and hunting community. Ranching and hunting go hand in hand, many ranchers could not make it without outfitting on the side. However I did find it crazy that a rancher could receive tags and NOT be required to use them on his own land. That part has never made sense to me.

In all fairness it should be noted that not all ranchers avail themselves of the tags, because they feel the red tape isn't worth it especially if they are a small rancher and would not receive more than just a couple tags. We do not ranch ourselves, however I did marry into a ranching family. They've never applied for the tags because we weren't interested in hunting the particular unit they are located in, and they're not interested in trying to market a tag or two. They don't offer guide services like many ranchers do either.

Like you Peanut I'm concerned that the Wildlife Commissioners are there to protect and promote their own interests and agendas. Sportsmen will be burned if this continues. I'm also amazed at how much GoCo & federal grant money some of the commissioners have received.

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The DOW has a note on their wesite asking people to comment on the regulations to enact the recently adopted big game license allocation policy at the Commission’s January meeting in Denver.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/news/press.asp?pressid=3713

I do not know exactly what they are talking about or what kind of info they want. I will keep my eyes and ears open for any more information.
Rest assured, the landowner reps to the wildlife commission will try and obtain more licenses for the landowners unless there is significant pressure from the average joe hunters.

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Peanut, the DOW has not been online for over a week. None of their pages or files can be accessed. I've been trying to find out what the deal is. Do you know? Have you been able to access their site recently?

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Cowgal,
I just went there, I had not problems. Think

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I just tried with my Firefox browser and it DID work. Argghh... must have something funky going on with my IE browser.

Thanks!

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the wildlife commission is a bunch of lying and corrupt individuals that are just for the money and a few individuals in the business. I can prove it !!!!

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I would like to hear/see your proof of what you say. Enlighten us if you please.

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The wildlife commission meets again this week. There is a short write up in the news today:
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/columnist/0,1299,DRMN_85_136,00.html

Sportsmen need to pay attention to these meetings. Once we become complacent, the landowners will push their agenda through the wildlife commission and corner all of the highly sought after limited licenses. Here is the agenda.
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/2006/Jan/Index.asp

Anyone hunting in CO should take the time to read this over and send email comments to the wildlife commission Comments accepted through 1-11-06

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who said landowners should be issued licenses in the first place?? For what?? why?? just because they own the land?? If it's for so called "game damage", that went out years ago. Shame on You!

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