SB150_L.001 SENATE COMMITTEE OF REFERENCE AMENDMENT
Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources.
SB21-150 to be amended as follows: Amend printed bill, page 2, strike lines 3 through 12 and substitute: “33-4-122. Elk, deer, and pronghorn licenses – reserved requirements for Colorado hunters – preference points for groups. (a) WHEN CONDUCTING THE FIRST LIMITED LICENSE DRAW FOR AN ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSE, THE DIVISION SHALL NOT ISSUE TO NONRESIDENT APPLICANTS MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSES AWARDED IN THE FIRST LIMITED LICENSE DRAW. THIS SUBSECTION (1) DOES NOT APPLY TO ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSES LEFT OVER AFTER THE FIRST LIMITED 10 LICENSE DRAW AWARDS ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSES TO APPLICANTS.
In an attempt at a silent end run to get this onto the books, these two Republican sponsors of this bill did not even contact Colorado Parks & Wildlife. I talked to a senior person there that had not even heard of the bill.
Look. The current nonresident cap in Colorado is 35%. The original bill from last week cut that to 33% and before the Committee even takes it up it has been slashed to 25%. Even worse, it extends the 25% proposed cap beyond the draw to even over-the-counter licenses.
(2) IF A TYPE OF ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSE IS ISSUED WITHOUT A LIMITED LICENSE DRAW, THE DIVISION SHALL NOT SELL MORE THAN ONE-QUARTER OF THE TYPE OF ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSES TO NONRESIDENTS THAN THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF THE TYPE OF ELK, DEER, OR PRONGHORN LICENSES THAT WERE ISSUED OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.
This REALLY pisses me off.
First, we had a referendum forcing CPW to introduce wolves to Colorado, financed and voted for by people who will never in their lifetime see a wolf and applaud if the deer, elk and moose population goes down and you and I have less to hunt just so Bambi can have her throat torn out by a pack of canine predators instead of a single, humane bullet that drops them in their tracks.
Now, we see a bill to slash the nonresident cap from 35% to 25% AND extend it even to OTC licenses.
If you don’t want to see worse point creep and then find out you can’t get an over-the-counter license then do nothing. If you care about hunting in Colorado you had better call, email and if you can testify.
On March 25 this bill SB21-150, has a hearing in the CO Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
Here are the committee members:
Sen. Kerry Donovan, Chair (D) 303-866-4871 email@example.com
Sen. Jessie Danielson, Vice Chair (D) 303-866-4856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Don Coram (R) 303-866-4884 email@example.com
Sen. Rhonda Fields (D) 303-866-4879 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg (R) 303-866-6360 email@example.com
You can sign up to testify in person, by Webex or in writing by going to https://www2.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2021A/commsumm.nsf/signIn.xsp
Sponsors of the bill are Sens. R. Woodward and L. Garcia
Politics has no business interfering in wildlife management. Yes, I know it has an influence, whatever you do, but now wildlife management by politicians and others is threatening to ruin one of the great western states for hunting.