Recently received an e-mail from a Colorado guide service encouraging hunter's to voice their opinion's on the next 5-year big game structure....
"Colorado Parks & Wildlife manages the state's hunting seasons on a five-year plan. This helps the agency maintain structures long enough to measure impact, yet allows changes often enough for improvements. The current 5-year structure ends in 2014 and the state is now planning its new Big Game Season Structure for 2015-2019.
From now until March 31, the public is encouraged to submit comments and suggestions. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will then adopt a new five-year structure at their meeting in September, 2014. Any changes will go into effect during the 2015 hunting seasons, and will last for at least five years, until the next structure comes up for debate.
We would encourage all of our hunters to fill out the public survey and submit comments for this process. For example, here are some of the changes that we would like to see made:
1. We suggest that the archery season start one week later, and end one week later.
2. We would also like to see the first, second and third rifle seasons moved back accordingly, and remove the fourth rifle season altogether. Since the fourth rifle season is limited and not sold over the counter like second and third rifle seasons, it is under-applied for, and serves little purpose. This would also allow a longer break between first and second rifle seasons.
3.. We would like to see all cow hunts take place after the bull hunting seasons. Cows represent the future of our elk herd, and we would like to see fewer harvested each year. A reduced number of cow-only hunts could take place after bull hunting seasons, in late November or December.
4. We would like to see preference point banking reinstated. This system allows hunters to spend only the number of points that it takes to draw a particular unit. Any extra points are kept. Under the current system, if you have 10 points and apply for a unit that takes five points, you will lose all 10 points if you draw. With point banking, the system would take the five points you need, and you'd be allowed to keep the other five."
If you have ideas or comments that you would like to submit, use the following link:
Here is a chance to participate in the process. Some other suggestions that come to mind are allowing camera's (ie Go Pro) to be mounted on bows and permission to use lighted nocks for those who wish to do so.
Let's hear some of your comments/opinions.......