You Can Learn with Shoot Like A Girl Mobile Range

A few of you have asked where you or the lady in your life can learn how to shoot. One way is to sign up for a basic firearms course. Another is to look for the Shoot Like a Girl schedule and visit a local Cabela’s. Women 16 and older can partake in the opportunity to learn at the virtual shooting range. Check it out.

 

Shoot Like A Girl Mobile Range Onsite at Cabela’s Kansas City, KS

Shoot-Like-A-Girl-SLG-Womens-shooting-courseAthens, AL – Women ages 16 and older will be afforded the opportunity to shoot inside Shoot Like A Girl’s semi tractor-trailer mobile range at Cabela’s April 7th-8th in Wichita, KS. New and experienced shooters are invited to attend this free event during the hours of 10AM-5PM on Saturday and 11AM-5PM on Sunday.

At the event, women gain experience in handling and shooting handguns, long guns and compound bows using state-of-the-art technology. Inside the mobile range, women are guided through a revolutionary introduction process, called the Test Shots™ and Test Flights™ by Certified National Rifle Association instructors and archery coaches. Onsite, at the Shoot Like A Girl Gun Counter, attendees can also compare a variety of firearms including revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, and rifles from their firearms partners.

Shoot Like A is committed to educating others about the importance in firearm safety. Those who visit the range will learn about safe responsible gun ownership, the benefits of firearms, and the positive influence the participation of shooting sports can have on your life.

“We are growing the number of women who participate in shooting sports. Shoot Like A Girl produces remarkable results – last year alone produced 5,456 committed gun sales from the women who go through the trailer, and 1,712 committed bow sales,” said Karen Butler, president of Shoot Like A Girl.

Shoot Like A Girl is made possible because of Corporate Partners, including Cabela’s, that are equally committed to its mission.

The Heartland Tour will be featured at the following locations:

  • February 10-11 – Cabela’s @ Gonzales, LA
  • March 10-11 – Cabela’s @ League City, TX
  • March 24-25 – Cabela’s @ Wichita, KS
  • April 7-8 – Cabela’s @ Kansas City, KS
  • April 14-15 – Cabela’s @ La Vista, NE
  • April 28-29 – Cabela’s @ Richfield, WI
  • May 19-20 – Cabela’s @ Dundee, MI

For sponsorship information or to learn more about SLG2, visit Shoot Like A Girl online, or visit at Facebook and Twitter.

About Shoot Like A Girl:

Shoot Like A Girl is the industry leader in growing the number of women in shooting sports by giving women across the country the experience of shooting a pistol, rifle, and bow in a safe controlled women friendly environment, that empowers them with the confidence they can shoot. Please recognize the following Shoot Like A Girl Corporate Partners who enable them to grow the number of women in shooting sports and change lives, one shot at a time: Cabela’s,  Ruger,  Smith & Wesson,  BerettaTikka,  Charter Arms,  Colt,  GLOCK,  MagpulSavage,  Pelter SportTrugloAlps Outdoorz, Lyman, TrijiconThermacell,  Mossy OakRocky Mountain Elk Foundation,  Beman,  Federal Premium Ammunition,  HoppesElite Archery and Scott Archery,  MathewsHoyt,  BowTech,  Neet Archery Products,  S & S OutdoorsLoyal Dog Food, and Upper Canyon Outfitters


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First “Youth Warrior” Award by SWC – Conservation

How are we mentoring the youth and how are we rewarding them for being warriors who are giving in support for conservation? This year Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC) decided to create the “Youth Warrior” award because of one young lady’s selfless giving toward the cause of conserving wildlife populations. Learn more about the award and the wonderful work SWC is doing to create healthy herds. Another question you should ask is how are your children spending their money?

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation Gives First “Youth Warrior” Award

SWC Cole Reid and Carysn NorvellUvalde, TEXAS – At four feet tall, Carsyn Norvell is a true giving warrior.  In fact, nearly three and a half years ago she was the first youth ever to donate to Stewards of Wildlife Conservation (SWC), a non-profit organization based in Uvalde, Texas. Norvell hasn’t stopped since that first donation; she’s given several times in 2017 and even emptied her savings to give to SWC at this year’s Dallas Safari Club convention in January – a total of $80 for a single donation. It’s because of these selfless acts of charity, SWC’s Director of Wildlife Sustainability, Cole Reid, is presenting her with SWC’s first “Youth Warrior Award.” The award will be given at SWC’s Annual Banquet April 28, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

“It is so important for us”, says Cole Reid, “to focus on education and community outreach, especially for the younger generations.  The conservation field is mostly dominated by the older generations and if we don’t get the younger generations motivated it will make the fight that much harder.  Carsyn not only makes me proud as a steward of this earth but she gives me so much hope for the future of wildlife conservation!”

SWC Youth Warrior trophy

SWC’s Youth Warrior award is given to youth ages 8-18 who exemplify both love of animals and charitable acts. Due to Carsyn’s overwhelming support for SWC, she has been invited to SWC on many occasions.  The award she will be receiving in April also comes with more opportunities to visit the SWC property and interact with the wildlife.  To learn more about becoming a youth conservation warrior and have a chance to visit SWC and even win next years Youth Warrior Award, visit www.stewardsofwildlife.org/memberships to sign up to be a Youth Conservation Warrior.

About Stewards of Wildlife:

Stewards of Wildlife Conservation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and proliferation of wildlife as well as the habitats and natural resources they utilize.  Stewards of Wildlife offers a home to more than 80 species from around the globe.  These animals are breeding and stable in vast areas in order to provide the most comfortable and natural living situation possible.  Stewards of Wildlife is focused on bringing together animal resources from the private landowners and the public sector zoos in order to create “meta-populations” of species that are vital, sustainable, and can maintain evolutionary potential.

We understand that there are many organizations and groups with the best intentions trying to help wildlife and realize that our contribution is space and expertise. Though our priority concern is protecting the rarest and most endangered species, Stewards of Wildlife is ultimately concerned about all of the flora and fauna worldwide. Learn more at http://stewardsofwildlife.com.


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Conservation Accomplishments Celebrated at RMEF Elk Camp

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation celebrated its growing mission accomplishment at its just-completed 2018 Elk Camp in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“It is always great when we gather at Elk Camp to feel the excitement and synergy of our members, volunteers and conservation partners who are dedicated to our mission,” said Nancy Holland, RMEF president and CEO. “And getting together in Phoenix was certainly no different. Now our task going forward is to translate that energy and momentum into on-the-ground results that benefit elk and elk country.”

Elk Camp highlights:

  • Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke emphasized the growing need for additional access to public land, active forest management and touted the role hunters play in conservation
  • Renown conservationist/wildlife researcher Shane Mahoney spoke about his Wild Harvest Initiative which aims to evaluate the biomass and economic value of wild food harvested by hunters and anglers
  • Recognition of RMEF chapters and volunteers
  • Presented Conservationist of the Year Award to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for its past and ongoing elk restoration efforts
  • Presented Wallace Fennell Pate Award to Andrew Hoxsey
  • Celebrated the five-year anniversary of the
  • Torstenson Family Endowment World premieres of “The Bronx Hunter” from RMEF Films and “Both Sides of the Fence #Private or Public” from Jason Matzinger
  • Musical performances by Mark Chesnutt, Chuck Wicks, Glen Templeton and Craig Campbell

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.orgwww.elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.


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Colorado Elk Habitat and Hunting Access

“Thanks to funds provided by Great Outdoors Colorado and CPW’s Habitat Stamp Program, a very valuable stretch of land is now protected through the CWHP. Some limited public hunting access will also be provided so the benefits of this easement will pay dividends well into the future.” — Bill de Vergie, CPW area wildlife manager.

Elk Habitat Protected, Hunting Access Improved in Colorado

MISSOULA, Mont.—Thanks to a conservation-minded landowner and a key state funding program, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to permanently protect 2,677 acres of vital elk habitat in northwest Colorado.

“We are grateful to Rick Tingle, a RMEF life member, for placing a conservation easement on his Louisiana Purchase Ranch,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Additionally, this project highlights the critical need for the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) and its Habitat Stamp which supplied important funding to help push things through to the finish line.”

“With a fast-growing human population, it is more important than ever before to ensure the state’s wildlife has the habitat it needs to survive in perpetuity,” said Bill de Vergie, CPW area wildlife manager. “Thanks to funds provided by Great Outdoors Colorado and CPW’s Habitat Stamp Program, a very valuable stretch of land is now protected through the CWHP. Some limited public hunting access will also be provided so the benefits of this easement will pay dividends well into the future.”

CWHP provides a means for CPW to work with private landowners, local governments, and conservation organizations to protect important fish and wildlife habitat and provide places for people to enjoy opportunities to hunt and fish.

Since the ranch is bordered on three sides by State Land Board and Bureau of Land Management land in a part of the state home to Colorado’s largest elk herds, it provides connectivity for elk and mule deer migration. Thousands of elk pass through the area during the spring and fall. The property also provides summer and winter range for both species and other wildlife.

“This truly is a special place,” said David Allen, RMEF president, and CEO, who has visited the location. “We are grateful to the Tingle family for recognizing and helping us protect the wildlife values of this land.”

Access is improved to surrounding public lands because the landowner will provide perpetual unlimited permission to public hunters for a 25-day period each year with drive-through access. In addition, he signed off on a 10-year CPW agreement to provide access for six elk and/or deer hunters on lands off County Road 23 during a three-day window during Colorado’s third rifle season.

Since 1987, RMEF and its partners completed 726 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $165.2 million. These projects protected or enhanced 447,910 acres of habitat and opened or improved public access to 107,992 acres.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 227,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.3 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at www.rmef.org, www.elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.


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Pre-SHOT Show fun with a Fave at the Range

Each year outdoor media and industry professionals make a great migration to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade Show (SHOT Show) and for us, it kicks off at the range before the show-floor actually opens. SHOT Show is presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) who boasts the largest convention crowds of any show. I’ll be scouring the aisles for outdoor and hunting items and share them with you. If there’s anything you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below or on social media sites.

Today I’ll share one of my favorite things from my day one, which is the NSSF’s Industry Day at the Range. Much of my time is usually consumed with meetings, networking, and the like, but I did get to demo some great guns, which I’ll share later, but first here’s one that gets a nod as a fave. (Yes, I did have more than one fave.)

Phone Skope is a company that introduced an attachment for your binoculars and spotting scopes, which allows you to hook your phone on and zoom in to take fabulous images. Digiscoping has since grown immensely as phone cameras have improved, and friends everywhere are taking phenomenal images using the Phone Skope and their phones.

This year Phone Skope had a huge presence at Range Day, giving media and industry professionals Phone Skope kits. I did receive one and will do an unboxing at a later date when I’m back home. It’s definitely cool to receive a digiscoping kit that will adhere to my Swarovski Optiks binoculars, spotting scope, as well as rifle scopes.

Speaking of rifle scopes, what I’m looking forward to is actually a new attachment that Phone Skope will begin shipping during the summer of 2018. It’s an attachment that will go on the side of your rifle scope. It’s angled, has a single mirror, and allows the shooter to actually look through the scope as their phone is mounted to the side and film their own shots.

Since I do teach hunter ed, as well as basic firearms courses, I have to tell everyone, your scope should not be used as a binocular, but with this attachment actually allows you to point your firearm at what you intend to shoot and record your shot at the same time. This is not just for those of you who are famous and have TV shows. I look forward to using it with students, when sighting in rifles, and even on hunts.

With students, and when sighting in rifles, I’ll be able to play back the shot and see where they were holding, whether they were steady or not, and if they pulled the trigger. This is going to be wonderful for sighting in my own rifles or a client’s!

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Since I mentioned hunting, have you ever been on a hunt, shot at your elk, and it bolted? If you’ve been following my elk hunting stories, an elk bolted because he was chocked full of rutting-mad adrenaline. For me, on that hunt, he didn’t go far, but sometimes they can disappear into the dark timber making for a day or more of blood-trailing. If you recorded the shot, you could do a playback, see where your shot hit and know if you need to let it rest or start beating brush. (More about that later.)

The Phone Skope mounting device will be released in early Summer of 2018. It’s a universal mount that will fit most rifle scopes. It aligns your parallel to the rifle and scope and will have an attachment to fit most cell phones.

One thing I will note is that the device does extend the scope approximately 1-1/4″ (I didn’t take a tape measure to the range) so you may need to adjust your eye relief so you don’t get scoped when you’re shooting.

I’ll be sharing more of what I saw and shot at the range in the next few days or weeks. For now, I’m headed to meetings, press conferences and to explore the floor. Stay tuned!

*This is not a paid or sponsored article.


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America’s Leaders Discuss Wildlife, Farming, Pittman-Robertson, and More

Among federal priorities discussed were: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act; the Modern Fish Act; federal forestry reform; the 2018 Farm Bill; Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, and advancing a bipartisan sportsmen’s package in both the House and Senate.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus Leaders Discuss 2018 Priorities

Congressional-Sportsmens-Foundation-LogoWashington, DC – On January 17th, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) hosted the Welcome Back to Congress Reception on Capitol Hill, which gathered Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Members and Congressional staff with representatives from the sportsmen’s community to discuss upcoming priorities for hunting, angling, and fish and wildlife conservation at the federal level.

CSF President Jeff Crane introduced current CSC leadership, who are continuing to serve as leaders during the second term of the 115th Congress. Co-Chairs include: Senator Jim Risch (ID), Senator Joe Manchin (WV), Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC), and Congressman Gene Green (TX). Vice-Chairs include: Senator Deb Fischer (NE), Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Congressman Austin Scott (GA), and Congressman Marc Veasey (TX).

Among federal priorities discussed were: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act; the Modern Fish Act; federal forestry reform; the 2018 Farm Bill; Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, and advancing a bipartisan sportsmen’s package in both the House and Senate.

“We are not giving up on the sportsmen’s package; we are going to get that done,” said Sen. Manchin. “I want to thank Jeff Duncan, Austin Scott, and Marc Veasey for all they do on the House side, and we are doing all that we can on the Senate side.”

“After eight years of support from America’s sportsmen and women, we have yet to send a comprehensive, bipartisan sportsmen’s package to the President’s desk,” said Crane. “There are more than 38 million sportsmen and women in the United States who are deserving of improved access, protected wildlife habitat, and enhanced opportunities for hunting and angling.”

Welcome Back to Congress Reception Title Sponsors were Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. Host Sponsors included: Altria; American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC; Crossroads Strategies, LLC; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Hornady Manufacturing; National Rifle Association; National Shooting Sports Foundation; Natural Resource Results, LLC; Oracle; Outdoor Sportsman Group; Plano Synergy; Richard Childress Racing; Safari Club International; Shimano North American Holdings; Southern Company; Syngenta Corporate Affairs; The Nature Conservancy; Vista Outdoor Inc.; and Winchester Ammunition.

Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) Vice-Chair Rep. Marc Veasey (TX) addresses attendees alongside 
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Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen’s organization in the political arena. CSF’s mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America’s hunters and anglers.

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium voted “America’s Number One Best New Attraction”

I’m always looking for great ways to get those who hunt and those who don’t out and about to view wildlife. That’s why it’s great news to hear that Bass Pro Shops’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum has been voted as the best new attraction in America. Add this to your Present’s Day, spring break or other vacation excursion.

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium voted “America’s Number One Best New Attraction”

New not-for-profit conservation attraction earns major national recognition from USA TODAY

Springfield, Mo. – Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world, has been voted as America’s Best New Attraction. Individuals across the country made their voices heard by voting in the national contest, propelling Wonders of Wildlife to the top of the list and bringing national recognition to the Ozarks.

Nearly ten years in the making and unprecedented in scale and scope, Wonders of Wildlife is the most important natural history museum to open in America in more than a century. Larger than the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the not-for-profit conservation attraction serves as an inspirational tribute to the adventurers, explorers, outdoorsmen and conservationists who helped discover, develop and preserve the nation we love. The Museum is located in the heartland of America where half of the nation’s population lives within a day’s drive.

“We are honored that Wonders of Wildlife has been voted America’s Number One Best New Attraction,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and visionary behind Wonders of Wildlife. “This recognition is a tribute to hunters, anglers and conservationists everywhere whose significant contributions have been protecting our nation’s fish and wildlife for generations. We are deeply grateful to all of the remarkably talented artists, craftsmen and women, leading conservation organizations, biologists and other supporters who contributed to the creation of this facility, and to each and every person that voted – thank you!”

Wonders of Wildlife was nominated for USA TODAY’s 2017 Best New Attraction contest by a panel of nationally respected travel experts as part of the Reader’s Choice Awards. Americans were invited to cast their vote every day to determine a winner. According to contest officials, Wonders of Wildlife received more votes than any other nominee in any category the publication held in 2017.

Historic Grand Opening

The Museum celebrated its historic grand opening in September 2017 by hosting the most significant gathering of prominent North American conservation leaders ever assembled along with dignitaries and celebrities including President George W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Costner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Richard Childress, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Chris Janson, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Tracy Byrd, Craig Morgan, Easton Corbin, John Anderson and many others with special appearances by President George H.W. Bush and Kid Rock.

Support from prominent conservation leaders

“In the days ahead, conservation faces many challenges. The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is the hub that allows us to address these challenges by bringing together our conservation community and the pubic to learn and appreciate our wonderful natural resources.”

Becky Humphries, CEO

National Wild Turkey Federation

“Johnny’s spectacular Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield is designed to introduce millions of families to the full diversity of wildlife with which we are blessed. Simply put, Wonders of Wildlife is the most important facility in America promoting the future of fish and wildlife”

Collin O’Mara, CEO

National Wildlife Federation

“In today’s world, hunters, anglers, and conservationists are often misrepresented, and Wonders of Wildlife is the single-handed greatest effort that can change the narrative. John L. Morris is a conservation icon and my personal hero for all he has done, and continues to do for all of God’s creations.”

Dale Hall, CEO

Ducks Unlimited

“I applaud Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, the most significant natural history museum in modern times…Safari Club International recognizes the critical need for places like Wonders of Wildlife to relay to the world the importance of humanity’s hunting culture and how hunters, using science-based sustainable resource conservation efforts, can help assure healthy wildlife populations forever.”

Paul Babaz, President

Safari Club International

“Wonders of Wildlife underscores the possibilities of what we can achieve in conservation by working together.”

Glenn Olson, Chair of Bird Conservation

National Audubon Society

About Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds, and immersive Wildlife Galleries that bring visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri the campus is a centerpiece of America’s Conservation Capital in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

For more information, visit www.wondersofwildlife.org.

About USA TODAY

USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling, USA TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation – today, tomorrow and for decades to follow. USA TODAY, the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.6 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 16 million downloads on mobile devices. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

Things To-Do for Sportsmen and Wildlife

I began the morning reflecting on the year and got sucked into a tangled political and religious rant, which I’ve decided not to share. I chose to push the re-start button and do some more positive reflecting on the last year. I began with, “What have I done and what things will I do?”

I’ve sat on the Colorado Sportsman’s Roundtable Committee for several years and am nearing the end of my second term. I wonder what I can do to further my outreach and speak up for sportsmen, wildlife, and the future generations. Last year I submitted an application for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commision. I know I can make a difference on the panel. I also know I have much to learn.

 

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Boats in the mist at Navajo Lake State Park. CPW Photo

 

This year I plan to continue my work and learn as much as I can about the vastly complicated inner workings of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife(CPW) organization. As I attend public meetings and meet face to face with hunters and anglers, many of them present complaints and objections to or about items of which they don’t fully understand.

What I’ve learned is that before we become staunch in our objections or criticisms, the thing to do is educate ourselves. Many complaints are about the management of funds. (I find it a bit amusing because it seems people always think they know what other people’s financial situations are. Why shouldn’t they be the same with a huge organization like CPW?)

I attended several Commission meetings last year and while some consider the meetings mundane, I learned a plethora about the organization and what they’re doing with our funds. The meetings are held somewhat bi-monthly and in areas throughout the state. What I recommend is that you attend one when it’s in your area. You may be surprised when you learn about all the projects CPW has going on, how funds are allocated, and when and how they’re allowed to use them.

The thing-to-do is get involved. The next meeting is January 11 in Denver, Colorado. I’ve shared additional information about the meeting below. If you can’t make that meeting, here is a link to the year’s schedule. MEETING DATES

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet January 11 in Denver 

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss a citizen petition allowing the launching of paragliders from Smelter Mountain in the Bodo State Wildlife Area, a citizen petition on a new type of wildlife educators license, adding hand-operated foldable plastic boats to the list of exempted vessels that can be hand-launched without a boat inspection, implementing an antler and horn collection closure on public lands west of I-25 from January 1 through April 30 annually, and CPW’s new purchasing system at its January meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 11 and adjourn at 5 p.m. at 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

Additional items include:

  • Annual review of big game regulations (including annual changes to season dates, limited license areas, quotas and manner of take provisions for bighorn sheep and mountain goat)
  • Lake Licenses and related regulations
  • Annual review of small game regulations
  • Annual review of wildlife properties controlled by the Division of Parks and Wildlife, including State Trust Lands leased by the Division
  • Herd Management Plan Process

complete agenda for this meeting can be found on the CPW website, http://cpw.state.co.us.

The commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation. Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the CPW website. This opportunity keeps constituents informed about the development of regulations and how the commission works with Parks and Wildlife staff to manage the parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency. Find out more about the commission on the CPW website.

The next commission meeting will take place February 7 and 8 in Denver.

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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: 41 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.

 

The Future of Conservation Needs Your Vote

Dear friends, followers, and those who support the future of conservation, USA Today is running a contest of the year’s “Best New Attraction.” We have a contention the running. Go check it out and cast your vote.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

VOTE TODAY FOR THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATION

The all new not-for-profit Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest, most important natural history museum to open in America in more than a century, has been nominated as the “Best New Attraction” in America for 2017 by USA TODAY.

Please vote to support the future of hunting, fishing and conservation!

Please vote every day until January 2nd!

What you can do:

1.   Vote for Wonders of Wildlife at wondersofwildlife.org/vote EVERY DAY through January 1st

2.   Send a daily note to your friends and family, colleagues, and customers asking them to vote EVERY DAY through January 1st

3.    Share the voting link (www.wondersofwildlife.org/vote)  each day on social media tagging Wonders of Wildlife on:

◦ Twitter using @WOWaquarium

◦ Facebook using @Wonders of Wildlife

◦ Instagram using @wondersofwildlife

You can access high-quality photos and additional information using this link.

Mark Wahlberg posted a great video about Vote for WOW on his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook – please share!

Collin O’Mara, President of the National Wildlife Federation, made a great post about voting for Wonders of Wildlife on Facebook – please share!

If there is anything else you need from us to amplify this recognition and encourage voting, please let us know. Thank you for your partnership, and we hope that you will visit America’s greatest conservation attraction in 2018!