RMEF Funding Benefits Colorado Elk

It’s nice to see some of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s funding go toward local elk habitat and research needs.

Funding Benefits Colorado Elk Habitat, Research

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MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awarded $212,707 in grant funding for 16 habitat enhancement, research and hunting heritage projects in Colorado.

Those projects benefit nearly 15,000 acres of habitat for elk and other wildlife in Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Mineral, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. There is also one project of statewide benefit.

“There is an ongoing need to apply active forest management techniques like prescribed burning and forest thinning across Colorado elk country. Such conservation work enhances wildlife habitat but it also improves overall forest health,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Grant funding will also assist scientific research to help managers track and better manage elk herds.”

RMEF has nearly 17,000 members and 28 chapters in Colorado. RMEF volunteers generated the funding by hosting banquets, membership drives and other events.

Since 1987, RMEF and its partners completed 728 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Colorado with a combined value of more than $167 million. These projects protected or enhanced 448,691 acres of habitat and opened or secured public access to 107,992 acres.

Here is a sampling of projects, listed by county:

Archuleta County—

Apply noxious weed treatments across 300 acres of meadows, including elk calving grounds, within the upper portion of the First Fork of Piedra River drainage on the San Juan National Forest.

Gunnison County—

Provide funding to capture and collar 30-40 elk to assist biologists and game managers as they learn more about grazing, hunting, habitat and other factors that affect the habits of migratory elk in the Gunnison National Forest and on Bureau of Land Management land (also benefits Saguache County).

Montrose County—

Restore a non-functioning wildlife water development on the Uncompahgre Plateau that is elk winter range within the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Rio Blanco County—

Prescribe burn 10,000 acres in six to eight different burn areas across four ranger districts on the White River National Forest to benefit wildlife habitat and overall forest health (also benefits Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties).

Go here for a full project listing.

Colorado project partners include the Arapaho, Rio Grande, San Isabel, San Juan, White River and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and various sportsmen, civic and outdoor industry and business groups.

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 rmef.org, elknetwork.com or 800-CALL ELK.

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How To Apply for Colorado Big-Game Hunting Licenses

This will be the first year that hunters will not a have a mail-in option when applying for their Colorado big-game hunting licenses. With the introduction of the new online system, there is concern that some hunters may have difficulty with navigation. CPW will have call centers open to help those in need, but they’re also holding seminars throughout the state to help curb the potential problem.

CPW holding seminars to help hunters with CPW’s new automated online system

CPW_SiteLogoGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – As the April 3 limited license application deadline draws near, hunters with questions or concerns about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s new automated online licensing system can get help in a variety of ways, including asking questions over the phone, visiting a local CPW office to receive personal guidance or getting information on CPW’s website.

In addition to these options, hunters will have access to one-on-one help by attending one of seven seminars scheduled during the month of March in CPW’s Northwest Region.

“More and more people are purchasing from a number of online retailers, from shoes and clothing to food, music, furniture, and so on,” said Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke. “It was inevitable that CPW would one day sell its products online with an automated system, and that time has come. That said, we understand some people will need a little personal guidance and we are happy to help.”

In early January, 2018, CPW introduced its new integrated online purchasing system to streamline the sale of all hunting and fishing licenses and required stamps, annual parks passes, camping reservations and merchandise.

Although CPW recommends all applicants for limited licenses apply online, hunters still have the option of applying over the phone by calling 1-800-244-5613 .

At each seminar, computers will be available so hunters can go through the process with the help of CPW customer service representatives.

In CPW’s Northwest Region, the agency will hold seminars in the following locations:

Steamboat Springs
March 14
6 – 8 p.m.
CPW’ Steamboat Springs Office
925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs

March 18
1 – 5 p.m.
County Commons – Buffalo Mountain Room
37 Peak One Dr, Frisco

Glenwood Springs
March 19
6 – 8 p.m.
CPW’s Glenwood Springs Office
0088 Wildlife Way, Glenwood Springs, CO

March 21
6 – 8 p.m.
Granby Library-Community Room
55 Zero St, Granby

March 24
1 – 3 p.m.
Granby Library – Study Room
55 Zero St, Granby

March 25
4:30 – 7 p.m.
CSU Extension Hall
210 11th St, Kremmling, CO

Grand Junction
March 27
6 – 8 p.m.
CPW’s Hunter Education Building
711 Independent, Grand Junction
Registration is required – Call 970-255-6100.

For more information about the new integrated purchasing system, visit the CPW website.

For more information about hunting in Colorado, visit the hunting page on the CPW website.

MAC Outdoors Episode 002 – Endurance, Mountains and Lions

Episode 002 – Endurance, Mountains and Lions

mac-outdoors-1400Welcome to Episode 002 of the MAC Outdoors Podcast with Mia and Lea. This week the duo catches you up on a few more SHOT Show happenings. Lea’s feeling better, but not quite good enough to be tagging along with Mia. Why? Because Mia’s been chasing mountain lions in Colorado. They share the story, plus they give you some tips for deer and elk hunting out West. Subscribe and stay tuned for more as they’ll be sharing more gear and hunting tips with you.

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Tune in each week as the dynamic mother/daughter duo share their adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s finishing high school and prepping for the journey to college. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.


Colorado Hunters and Anglers Voices are Needed

Colorado Parks and Wildlife to discuss budget issues at meetings in Southwest Colorado

“As you’ve probably heard, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is holding meetings throughout the state to talk about the financial state of the agency. We hope you can attend one of these meetings; and please pass this [message] along to any other hunters or anglers who might be interested in this topic. Below is a news release that explains the meetings and locations.” Joe Lewandowski, CPW Public Information Officer, Southwest region.

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CPW_SiteLogoColorado Parks and Wildlife is facing a budget shortfall and the agency is holding public meetings throughout the Southwest Region to discuss the issue with hunters and anglers.

Here is the schedule for the meetings:

  • Gunnison: Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m. Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, 300 W. New York Ave.
  • San Luis Valley: Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., Hampton Inn, 719 Mariposa, Alamosa
  • Durango area: Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., Bayfield Public Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive
  • Montrose: Aug. 16, 6:30 P.M., Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, 2300 S. Townsend Ave. (U.S. Highway 550).

The budget shortfall has been affecting the wildlife section of the agency for several years. Demands are growing for wildlife and habitat management as the human population in Colorado increases. In addition, overall costs for the agency are rising ― everything from hatchery fish food to water leases explained Southwest Regional Manager Patt Dorsey.

“Colorado hunters and anglers care deeply about wildlife resources in the state and CPW works around-the-clock to maintain and improve those resources,” Dorsey said. “To maintain effective management and services, Colorado Parks and Wildlife needs to increase its revenue.”

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CPW is managed as an “enterprise agency”, which means it does not receive any general sales tax dollars from Colorado taxpayers. The majority of the agency’s revenue comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses; it also receives grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and from federal excise taxes levied on the sale of hunting and fishing equipment. In the past six years, CPW has cut $40 million from its budget and eliminated 50 positions.

Funds for the wildlife section and the parks section are completely separate; there is no co-mingling of revenues or expenditures.

At the meetings, CPW staff will explain the financial issues facing the agency, and talk about the need to raise prices for resident hunting and fishing licenses. The last time CPW raised license prices was 2005. A license fee increase must be approved by the Colorado State Legislature.

For reference, a license for a Colorado resident elk hunter costs $46, while a non-resident elk license cost $649. Non-resident hunting fees are adjusted every year according to the consumer price index.

“As sportsmen and sportswomen of Colorado, you have always been willing to pay for the privilege to hunt and fish in Colorado. We want to discuss this important issue with you,” Dorsey said.

Joe Lewandowski
Public Information Officer, Southwest region

P 970-375-6708 | C 970-759-9590 | F 970-375-6705
415 Turner Drive, Durango, CO 81303
joe.lewandowski@state.co.us | cpw.state.co

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Colorado Sportsmen’s Roundtable Recap

It was an agenda field day at this session of the Colorado Sportsman Roundtable meeting. If you’ve ever wondered what can a group possibly speak about for five hours on a Saturday, you need to attend one of the public meetings. In fact, we had so much to discuss we ran over a little on time. We could’ve used the entire day. Due to the number of issues and the amount of time, I will be sharing recaps throughout the week.

In our brief time together we had the opportunity to discuss several items. After introductions had been made CPW Director, Bob Broscheid, led us into the topic of the department’s finances. Financial sustainability is, and has been a hot topic due to the $10 Million in budget cuts which took effect a couple years ago.

Sportsmen’s License Plate & Outreach Materials
CPW’s Assistant Director, Gary Thorson, gave us a formal introduction of the already available, Sportsmen’s License Plate. I’ll be sharing instructions with you on how to obtain this plate, in a future post. After we learned about the fabulous plate, Mr. Thorson also reviewed the department’s outreach materials. All of which are available in district offices, as well as online.Wildlife-plate-lg

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Regional Roundtable and Caucus Updates
We as CPW Sportsmen’s Roundtable members reviewed and gave updates regarding our recent caucus meetings. Key issues included access, legislative bills, and reports on the Animas River spill. We also discussed methods in which the CPW can get more people involved. Since I sit on the Southwest Region’s panel, I mentioned, our regional manager, Patt Dorsey, used video conferencing, and it increased our attendance by about double. I hope, if the department implements more video events, you’ll attend as well.

Wildlife Council Overview
We received a recap of ways the department is advertising and assessing the interest of residence in the state of Colorado. Windi Padia, Education, Partnership and Volunteer Manager, shared CPW’s recent surveys and how non-hunters perceive hunters and anglers in our state. She also shared existing programs CPW is using to portray hunters and anglers in a positive light. Look for more information on this topic in a future post.

Cameo Sport Shooting Complex
Referring to financial sustainability, CPW is currently in the escrow process of purchasing land for new construction of a huge shooting facility. This nearly 2000 acre piece will house shooting facilities, estimated to bring approximately 50,000 shooters a year to the area. Yep. I’ll be sharing details on this soon as well.

Federal and State Legislative Updates
I’m constantly keeping an eye out for bills, which will effect our hunting, shooting and fishing activities. A CPW Commission member was on site to give us an update. The list was extensive, and the debates began as Roundtable members expressed their grief or support of the updates. There will definitely be more than one update regarding this topic.

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