The Colorado Wildlife Commission held its July meeting in Grand Junction to discuss big game policies and concerns. Changes to the Ranching for Wildlife Program had top–billing on Thursday's agenda. The program allows 26 private ranchers across the state with at least 12,000 acres to open up their lands for big–game hunters.
Some of the concerns surrounding the system include the negative impact of surrounding ranches, the equity between private and public hunters, and the perception and awareness of the program.
While there are changes on the table, Division of Wildlife Spokesman Randy Hampton says the program is a neccesity.
The Wildlife Commission meeting will wrap–up Friday. Discussions will include the study of the future of big–game hunting license distribution.
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