"When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes - remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education - make them hunters."

Henry David Thoreau, 1854


“A citizen who shirks his duty to contribute to the security of his community is little better than the criminal who threatens it.” - Robert Boatman


Friday, June 5, 2015

We are reaching out to you because of your past participation with Colorado
Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in issues of interest to sportsmen.  CPW is
accepting applications for a two-year membership to the statewide Colorado
Sportsmen’s Roundtable now through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.  We would
encourage you to apply or pass this information on to others you think
would be interested.

Responsibilities of members include: 1) Participating in a half day
in-person meeting twice a year at meeting locations that rotate around the
state. 2) Participating in conference calls every two to three months. 3)
Sharing information and ideas with other sportsmen and CPW staff including
the Director and Leadership Team members on pressing issues. The two-year
term runs from August 2015 until August 2017.

Volunteering for the Sportsmen’s Roundtable is a great opportunity to share
information with CPW on recreation and management issues that are relevant
to hunters, anglers, and trappers. Be an integral part of the conversation!

Fill out the application available online <http://goo.gl/forms/N9E0sTceJ7>.
For more information about the process, please visit our website at
http://cpw.state.co.us or contact Jody Kennedy at (303) 866-3203 x 4671 or
jody.kennedy@state.co.us.

Hunters and anglers are vitally important to Colorado Parks and Wildlife
and to the successful management of Colorado’s wildlife. Sportsmen are
directly affected by the agency’s fish and wildlife management decisions
and provide much of the funding for wildlife conservation in the state. CPW
encourages effective channels for consulting with the state’s hunters and
anglers through the Sportsmen’s Roundtable and Regional Sportsmen’s
Caucuses.

The Sportsmen’s Roundtable is a statewide panel comprised of 16 statewide
members appointed by CPW and at least two delegates from each of the four
Sportsmen’s Regional Caucuses. Members meet in person twice a year to help
the agency by sharing information, discussing important topics and
identifying emerging issues or concerns. The four regional Sportsmen’s
Caucuses hold meetings twice a year that are open to all local hunters and
anglers to discuss regional issues that are then shared with the statewide
Roundtable.

The Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable is made up of individual members who
represent a broad range of interests related to hunting, fishing and
trapping in Colorado. These interests include, but are not limited to,
small and big game hunting, sport fishing, outfitting and other
sportsmen-dependent businesses.

We appreciate your participation with CPW in the past and hope you will
consider this opportunity or share it with others.

Thank you,

*Craig Giesecke*
*Planning Assistant*
*Policy and Planning *

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR THE COLORADO SPORTSMENS ROUNDTABLE

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks applicants for a two-year membership to the statewide Colorado Sportsmens Roundtable. Applications are accepted now through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.

Responsibilities of members include: 1) Participating in a half day in-person meeting twice a year at meeting locations that rotate around the state. 2) Participating in conference calls every two to three months. 3) Sharing information and ideas with other sportsmen and CPW staff including the Director and Leadership Team members on pressing issues.

The two-year term runs from August 2015 until August 2017.

Volunteering for the Sportsmens Roundtable is a great opportunity to share information with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on recreation and management issues that are relevant to hunters, anglers, and trappers. Be an integral part of the conversation!

Fill out the application available online. For more information about the process, please visit our website at http://cpw.state.co.us or contact Jody Kennedy at (303) 866-3203 x 4671 or jody.kennedy@state.co.us.

Hunters and anglers are vitally important to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and to the successful management of Colorados wildlife. Sportsmen are directly affected by the agencys fish and wildlife management decisions and provide much of the funding for wildlife conservation in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlif e encourages effective channels for consulting with the states hunters and anglers through the Sportsmens Roundtable and Regional Sportsmens Caucuses.

The Sportsmens Roundtable is a statewide panel comprised of 16 statewide members appointed by CPW and at least two delegates from each of the four Sportsmens Regional Caucuses. Members meet in person twice a year to help the agency by sharing information, discussing important topics and identifying emerging issues or concerns. The four regional Sportsmens Caucuses hold meetings twice a year that are open to all local hunters and anglers to discuss regional issues that are then shared with the statewide Roundtable.

The Colorado Sportsmens Roundtable is made up of individual members who represent a broad range of interests related to hunting, fishing and trapping in Colorado. These interests include, but are not limited to, small and big game hunting, sport fishing, outfitting and other sportsmen-dependent businesses.


For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.

Monday, June 1, 2015



CPW OFFERS WOMEN'S HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE IN CANON CITY

CANON CITY, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be holding a Hunter Education Course for women June 25, 26 and 27 in Canon City. The course consists of two evening classroom sessions, followed by an all day session which includes a test and live fire portion.

Classroom instruction runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 and 26. On June 27 class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Canon City Hunter Education Building, 51330 U.S. Highway 50 West.

The class is free and is open to women and girls, 12 years of age and older.

The course will cover firearms safety, hunter responsibility, wildlife regulations and other hands-on activities.Hunter education cards will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the course. Rifles and ammunition for the live fire will be provided. No personal firearms allowed.

Those interested should sign up online at, http://register-ed.com/events/view/62122. Space is limited. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015



SPORTSMEN INVITED TO NORTHEAST REGION MEETING ON CPW ISSUES JUNE 9

DENVER --Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts are invited to a meeting at the Hunter Ed building at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Denver office Tuesday, June 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss current issues facing wildlife managers in the northeastern region of the state.

"Our constituents are likely aware that CPW is facing many issues that challenge our ability to deliver the mission we are charged with fulfilling," said Steve Yamashita, regional manager for the northeast. "Our region is the most highly populated in the state and hearing from this vast number of citizens will help us ensure that conservationists, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts are adding their voices to the important discussions regarding the future of Colorado wildlife management."

Anyone interested in wildlife management and the future of wildlife in Colorado is strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in discussions about financial sustainability, the various methods for engaging with CPW and the Parks and Wildlife Commission, as well as review the results of a recent survey for northeastern sportsmen. Attendees are welcome and invited to bring their concerns to the meeting as well. Input from this meeting will be brought to the attention of the statewide Sportsmen’s Roundtable meeting in Denver June 20.


WHO: Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts
WHAT: Northeast region wildlife issues meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9 , 2015, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hunter Education Building, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver

Citizens can get news from CPW by signing up at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/CPWInsider.aspx

Events
can be found at: http://cpwstate.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Calendar.aspx

Parks and Wildlife Commission information can be found at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/pages/commission.aspx

You can follow CPW at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/pages/socialmedia.aspx

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and nonmotorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.    

Monday, May 11, 2015

PIKES PEAK HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2015 Pikes Peak Hunter Education Instructor of the Year will be announced at a public banquet Saturday, May 16. The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's southeast region office, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs.

The award recognizes the invaluable contributions and commitment local volunteer instructors have made toward making hunting one of the safest of all outdoor activities. The banquet also serves as a chance for anyone who may be interested in becoming a hunter education instructor to learn more about the program.

"Volunteer instructors are vital to the hunter education program’s success, and many instructors feel that passing on Colorado’s hunting heritage to the next generation of conservationists is an incredibly rewarding way to give of their time,” said Frank McGee, Area Wildlife Manager in Colorado Springs.

With the support of Colorado Parks and Wildlife personnel, approximately 500 trained and certified Hunter Education volunteer instructors teach more than 700 classes across the state each year.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor, but are not able to attend on May 16, are encouraged to contact Area Wildlife Manager Frank McGee at 719-227-5218 or to visit CPW’s website for more information.

For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co. us.

Monday, April 13, 2015

TIME AGAIN TO BE BEAR AWARE, COLORADO

DURANGO, Colo. – Colorado's bears have awoken from their winter's nap and are again active throughout the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges state residents in bear country to make sure they aren't providing any food attractants around residences.

By following some simple steps, we can all pitch in to avoid conflicts with Colorado's wildlife. Here are some tips to help keep bears out of trouble and away from your house:

-- Keep garbage in a well-secured enclosure.

-- Only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.

-- Take down all bird feeders -- birds don't need to be fed during the summer. Bird feeders are a major source of bear/human conflicts.

-- Attract birds naturally with flowers and water baths.

-- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.

-- If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become smelly into the freezer until trash day.

-- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside.

-- Never provide food for any wildlife.

-- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of rotting food.

-- Fully enclose backyard bee hives and chicken coops. Electric fencing is an effective bear deterrent.

-- Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean grills and grease cup after each use.

-- Clean-up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck. Don't allow food odors to linger.

-- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't allow fruit to rot on the ground.

-- Keep garage doors closed.

-- Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when you're not at home.

-- Do not keep food or used-food containers in your vehicle,

-- Lock vehicle doors and roll up the windows.

-- Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.

Bears are constantly on the move, so residents are reminded that they only need to file a report with Colorado Parks and Wildlife when an animal is causing problems around your house or neighborhood.

For more information about avoiding conflicts with bears and other wildlife, go to the Living with Wildlife section on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website: .
http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx


For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ban on Interstate Handgun Sales Unconstitutional

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2015/02/12/federal-judge-rules-ban-on-interstate-handgun-sales-unconstitutional-n1956685

Federal Judge Rules Ban on Interstate Handgun Sales Unconstitutional 

 

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor stemmed from a challenge to the ban brought by a Texas firearms dealer and a couple from the District of Columbia in July 2014.
The federal law prohibits a dealer from transferring a handgun, but not a rifle or shotgun, to an individual who does not live in the state in which the dealer's business is located. […]
Andrew and Tracey Hanson met with licensed firearms dealer Fredric Mance Jr. in Texas about buying two handguns, but did not complete the transaction because they could not take immediate possession of the weapons, according to court papers.
Federal law required Mance to transfer the handguns to a federally licensed dealer where the Hansons live, Charles Sykes in the District of Columbia, where they could complete the purchase after paying shipping and transfer fees.
The Hansons and Mance, all members of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, argued in their lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas that the ban limits consumer choices and infringes on their rights.