"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


Saturday, November 21, 2015

CPW TO OFFER PREDATOR CALLING AND TRAPPING 101 CLASS IN GRAND JUNCTION





GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Novice trappers and small game predator hunters interested in increasing their chance of success are invited to learn about trapping and the fine art of calling during Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Predator Calling and Trapping 101. The one-time class will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.

There is no fee for the class; however, pre-registration is required. Click on this link, www.register-ed.com/events/view/70523,  or go to www.register-ed.com, select 'Colorado', then select 'View Upcoming Events" under the 'Colorado Outreach' link, then scroll down to the 'Predator Calling and Trapping 101' section.  Registration is also available by phone at 970-255-6100.

"Learning how to call properly is one of the most effective ways to be successful when hunting predators like coyotes, bobcats and foxes," said Kathleen Tadvick, education coordinator for CPW. "Although the difference between a good call and a bad call may be small, it makes a huge difference in the field.  Also, there is much to know about how to trap legally and ethically in Colorado."

Instructor, and Senior HuntMaster, Dan Uhrich and CPW staff will provide guidance about a wide variety of topics including the Harvest Information Program, the variety of predator calls and decoys, day calling vs night calling, camouflage clothing, the variety of live traps and lures that can be legally used in Colorado and other state rules and regulations.

"This a great opportunity for the novice trapper and predator hunter," said Tadvick. "We expect there will be quite a lot of interest, so we encourage people to sign up right away."

For more information about small game hunting in Colorado, visit cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/SmallGame.aspx
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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, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education.

CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

Monday, November 16, 2015

http://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/2015/11/13/an-important-message-from-cpw-director-bob-broscheid/

A bull elk. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.
A bull elk. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.
​​A century ago, wildlife conservation in the United States was focused on the protection and improvement of our lands and wildlife populations. Game wardens were hired and charged with enforcing new regula​tions on wildlife take, designed to ensure that wildlife species would remain abundant for future generations. Hatcheries were developed to provide more opportunities for fishing in the nation’s vast network of lakes and streams. Hunting, fishing and exploring the outdoors were considered hardy sports that improved the national character and provided opportunities for individuals to prove their worth. These examples and many others were made possible by sportsmen and women’s willingness to pay directly for conservation.
Much has changed over the last 100 years, but the value of wildlife and the outdoor experience has not. Today, Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the largest elk herd in North America, raises more than 90 million fish annually and is busy tracking disease, mitigating invasive species and educating outdoor enthusiasts on how to safely recreate on Colorado’s rivers and in the backcountry. Simultaneously, Colorado’s strong economy is bringing in new residents who want to be here because of Colorado’s natural beauty, diverse landscapes and access to outdoor recreation. Cities have developed where small towns had been and a growing population is filling in all corners of Colorado’s landscape. Oil and gas development is expanding as new technology allows access to resources that were previously impossible to extract. These sweeping changes have altered the landscape upon which Colorado’s wildlife depends. However, none of these trends change the fact that hunters and anglers continue to pay for the management of fish and wildlife.
Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis/CPW.
As threats to wildlife and the complexities of management increase, Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues to adapt to these challenges with an ever-shrinking revenue dollar by becoming more efficient and scaling back on services and programs. In the past several years alone, we have cut more than $40 million out of our wildlife program budgets and defunded more than 50 wildlife positions.
​At the end of 2011, the Division of Wildlife merged with Colorado State Parks to create Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The merger allowed the Parks and Wildlife Commission to take advantage of additional efficiencies and reduce costs; it also provided opportunity for two of Colorado’s premier outdoor recreation agencies to speak with one voice. Our wildlife managers serve and protect as their game warden counterparts did a century ago, while taking on new responsibilities such as education, land-use planning and biological monitoring. Similarly, park rangers are patrolling and keeping our state parks safe while introducing people to unique outdoor recreation experiences. The roles in which our employees serve have expanded to include education specialists, researchers, biologists and customer service representatives to name a few — all designed to serve Colorado more effectively. The combination of our skills allows us to be stronger as an agency, and better at not only managing our natural resources, but also reminding people why that management is important and providing more opportunities to get outdoors.
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​Although the merger allowed for certain efficiencies, it was not a magic bullet to solve budgetary problems on either “side of the agency.” The two agencies merged, but the funding sources that provide support remain separate, as mandated by state and federal law. The Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts passed 78 and 65 years ago, respectively, require that revenues collected through hunting and fishing licenses must fund wildlife programs and cannot be used for unrelated purposes. As a result, ​our agency’s budgets remain separate. Revenues that support both sides of our agency budget, wildlife programs and parks, have not kept pace with the cost of doing business today. Historically, Colorado fishing and hunting fees have been increased every 7-10 years. Our last resident price increase was passed by the legislature in 2005; the one before that was approved in 1988. Part of the reason why we have been able to extend the period between increases is because nonresident big-game licenses have been tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 2000.
Nonresident big-game license fees increase slightly in most years, helping us to keep revenue in line with costs to a degree. However, as a result of CPI, resident big-game hunters are paying less now than they have historically when compared to their nonresident counterparts. Resident fees are also low in comparison to historic prices and resident prices in other states. A resident elk hunter in 1984 paid today’s equivalent of $66 for an elk tag; in 1955 his father would have paid $88. Colorado’s prices are also typically below the average when looking at our neighboring Western states.
Although potentially compelling, none of these facts makes it any easier to open our wallets and support increasing fees to hunt and fish. Colorado’s economy is growing, but that doesn’t mean that folks don’t have to work hard to raise their families and earn a living wage. However, hunters and anglers have always been strong supporters of wildlife and habitat conservation and are the reason we enjoy such abundant fish and wildlife populations today. Even as a shrinking percentage of Colorado’s booming population, we have the ability to raise our voices and speak about what Colorado means to us. The Colorado we all cherish has healthy wildlife populations, open spaces and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities that allow everyone to explore our natural world and discover themselves, in no small part made possible by the financial contributions of sportsmen and women. How much does that Colorado mean to you?

directorWritten by Bob Broscheid. Broscheid is an avid outdoorsman who loves Colorado and its abundant natural and recreational resources. Broscheid took the helm at Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013.

Friday, August 7, 2015

HUNTERS ADVISED ABOUT HIGHWAY 9 SAFETY PROJECT

 - GET INFO NOW AND AVOID DELAYS

KREMMLING, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises all hunters
planning to travel on State Highway 9 this fall that now is the time to
get information, plan an alternate route or anticipate extended delays
due to major road construction. The highway, one of the main routes from
Interstate 70 to prime hunting areas in Colorado's Northwest Region, is
undergoing an extensive two-year improvement project from mile marker
126 at the north edge of Summit County to mile marker 137, south of
Kremmling.

After consulting with CPW officials from Hot Sulphur Springs for design
recommendations, and with matching funds raised by area landowners,
concerned citizens and local governments, the Colorado Department of
Transportation's project will feature wider lanes, improved sightlines
and seven wildlife crossings, including two overpasses - the first of
their kind in Colorado. 

Construction will not occur during the winter season, according to CDOT.

"There are several options to get information and we strongly advise
that hunters do that now, then check again when it gets closer to
hunting season," said Area Wildlife Manager Lyle Sidener of Hot Sulphur
Springs. "Construction is very heavy and traffic will be slow on Highway
9 for the duration of the project, but hunters should be able to access
the units they are heading to."

For more information about the project, including construction dates and
alternate routes, hunters can visit http://www.codot.gov/projects/sh9wildlife

<https://www.codot.gov/projects/sh9wildlife> In addition, hunters can
call the project hotline at 970-724-4724, request information by sending
an email to SH9Kremmling@publicinfoteam.com
<SH9Kremmling@publicinfoteam.com> , or contact CPW's area office
in Hot Sulphur Springs at 970-725-6200.

Friday, July 31, 2015

HUNTERS CAN REGISTER FOR CPW'S FREE 'UPLAND GAME BIRD 101'

 
HUNTERS CAN REGISTER FOR CPW'S FREE 'UPLAND GAME BIRD 101'


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Novice bird hunters are invited to attend
Colorado Parks and Wildlife's  'Upland Game Bird Hunting 101' seminar,
Thursday Aug. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter
Education Building, 711 Independent Avenue in Grand Junction.

Space is limited and a reservation is required. To reserve your spot,
visit http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/64159
<http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/64159> , or go to
http://www.register-ed.com <http://www.register-ed.com/> , select, 'Colorado'
then click on 'View Upcoming Events' in the 'Colorado Outreach' tab.
Scroll down for the registration link.

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.