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Colorado landowner voucher committee seeking public opinion

From the Colorado Division of Wildlife

-- The Colorado Big Game Landowner Voucher Program Review Committee is holding an open house June 21 to give the public an opportunity to discuss ways to improve the program.

The open house will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

The forum gives landowners and sportsmen a chance to meet with committee members and discuss allocation of big game hunting licenses through the Landowner Voucher Program.  

"This is a great opportunity for sportsmen, landowners and other community members to explore issues affecting the Landowner Voucher Program in western Colorado," said Dave Chadwick, DOW public involvement coordinator. The informal, open-house format allows participants to drop in at any time during the three-hour meeting to convene with committee members and discuss issues related to the voucher program.  

Although the DOW is facilitating the meeting, the Landowner Voucher Committee is an independent, collaborative group of sportsmen, landowners, outfitters and wildlife managers that reviews and makes recommendations to voucher program which may include policy, legislative and regulatory changes.

However, the committee does not have formal authority to enact changes to the program. The Landowner Voucher Program is  known as the Priority Landowner Preference Program. It plays an important role in managing Colorado's elk, deer and pronghorn populations.  

Up to 15 percent of totally limited deer, elk and pronghorn licenses are reserved for landowners who own at least 160 contiguous acres of agricultural land.  Landowner vouchers/licenses are valid in the entire Game Management Unit where private land is located.

The DOW plans additional open-house meetings in the upcoming months, giving residents throughout the state an opportunity to participate in this public forum. For more information or to share comments, contact Dave Chadwick, DOW public involvement section at (303)291-7174 or by email at dave.chadwick@state.co.us .

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