This is the most tedeous part because it is so difficult, intractable even. Here are the laws and here are the regulations promulgated by the enemy (in Colorado). That’s right, the enemy, because they care only about hunters. It is supposed to be the depatment OF NATURAL RESOURCES. There are many other resources besides the animals and there are many other constituents besides hunters.
Here in Colorado the Division of Wildlife brags about the fact that they are close to or almost entirely supported by revenue from hunting. They promote this in their ads. I have never before seen or heard such a blatant admission of cronyism and corruption. Why do they not understand that hunters are the extreme minority. I don’t want them to be supported by hunters. They are supposed to be a public agency responsible for the entire public.
Here’s the pricing for hunting licenses in the state of Colorado. I am willing to bet that these fees are not set by surveying all taxpayers and residents. If that were the case they would be significantly higer. For instance, why are their drawings or lotteries for licenses? They should charge more and allocate funds and resources for all constituencies.
Follow the money trail… The hunters pay and they get what they want.
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As in all states, wildlife in Colorado are the property of the state:
All wildlife within this state not lawfully acquired and held by private ownership is declared to be the property of this state. Right, title, interest, acquisition, transfer, sale, importation, exportation, release, donation, or possession of wildlife shall be permitted only as provided in articles 1 to 6 of this title or in any rule or regulation of the wildlife commission. (Colorado Revised Statutes)
This is more generous than in most states:
33-3-103.5. Game damage prevention materials – definitions.
(1) This section shall be applicable in determining the liability of the state under paragraph (e) of subsection (3) of this section and section 33-3-103 (1) (d) and (1) (e).
(2) (a) (I) Every landowner shall be eligible to receive sufficient and appropriate temporary game damage prevention materials pursuant to this section.
(II) Permanent game damage prevention materials shall be available only to a landowner who does not unreasonably restrict hunting of species likely to cause damage on land under the landowner’s control or restrict the hunting of species likely to cause damage on any other lands by restricting access across lands under the landowner’s control, and:
(A) Who charges not more than five hundred dollars per person, per season, for big game hunting access on or across the landowner’s property; or
(B) Who charges a fee in excess of five hundred dollars per person, per season, for big game hunting access on or across the landowner’s property, if the landowner has requested and been denied game damage prevention materials from the habitat partnership program created in section 33-1-110 (8) and the division determines that excessive game damage is occurring, and may continue to occur in the future.
(III) The division shall not deny a landowner game damage claims or game damage prevention materials on the grounds that the landowner received a voucher pursuant to the wildlife conservation landowner hunting preference program for wildlife habitat improvement under section 33-4-103 (3) (d).
(IV) As used in this section:
(A) “Temporary game damage prevention materials” means materials of an adequate substance that are utilized to protect private property for a period of time agreed upon by the landowner and the division. Such materials may include, but are not limited to, transferable panels or pyrotechnics.
(B) “Permanent game damage prevention materials” means materials of an adequate substance that are erected in such a way to protect private property for the expected normal life of the materials. The normal life of the materials shall be as specified in a written agreement between the landowner and the division.
(b) The division has the responsibility to supply useable, sufficient, and appropriate game damage prevention materials to a requesting landowner, and the landowner shall keep such materials in good repair throughout their normal life, if such materials have not been destroyed or damaged by wildlife.
(3) (a) The division shall respond to a landowner making an inquiry related to game damage within two business days after receiving the inquiry.
(b) (I) Within five business days after receiving a request for game damage prevention materials, the division shall consult with the landowner to discuss the sufficient and appropriate materials to prevent or mitigate the game damage. Temporary game damage prevention materials shall be delivered to the landowner within fifteen business days after the consultation, unless otherwise agreed to by the division and the landowner.
(II) For a landowner eligible to receive permanent game damage prevention materials pursuant to subparagraph (II) of paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of this section, such materials shall be provided within forty-five days after the date that the landowner makes the initial request for the materials.
(c) The division shall deliver game damage prevention materials to the specific site as directed by the landowner, if such delivery may be made by truck.
(d) When agreed upon by the landowner, the division may construct permanent stackyards or orchard fencing in those areas of high wildlife damage potential within the limitations of appropriation by the general assembly for that purpose.
(e) (I) If the division does not provide game damage prevention materials within the amount of time established by paragraph (b) of this subsection (3), the division shall have the sole responsibility to supply and erect the damage prevention materials, and the state shall be liable for game damages incurred on and after the date by which the division should have provided the game damage prevention materials.
(II) When erecting game damage prevention materials pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (e), the division may use division employees, individuals under contract to the division, or voluntary workers. If the division uses voluntary workers to assist in erecting game damage prevention materials, the division shall keep in force workers’ compensation insurance as necessary to protect the landowner from liability resulting from injuries or death of said voluntary workers while engaged in the erection of such game damage prevention materials. If the division uses contract workers to assist in erecting game damage prevention materials as provided in this section, the division shall require the contractor to provide evidence of workers’ compensation insurance as necessary to protect the landowner from liability resulting from injuries or death of said contract workers while engaged in the erection of such game damage prevention materials.
(4) If the game damage prevention materials that the division provides to a landowner fail to prevent game damage due to insufficiency or inappropriateness of such materials, or if the division’s insufficient or inappropriate erection of such materials fail to prevent game damage, the state shall be liable for damages caused by such materials or erection.
Duty to collect and disseminate information:
33-3-105. Wildlife migration areas – division to keep records
It is the duty of the division to maintain records of areas used by wildlife for migration purposes, and the division shall furnish information concerning wildlife migration areas to persons requesting such information.
30-15-302. Board of county commissioners to designate area.
(1) The board of county commissioners of any county in this state may designate, by resolution, areas in the unincorporated territory of such county in which it is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearms, except a duly authorized law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty, but nothing in this subsection (1) shall prevent the discharge of any firearm in shooting galleries or in any private grounds or residence under circumstances when such firearm can be discharged in such a manner as not to endanger persons or property and also in such a manner as to prevent the projectile from any such firearm from traversing any grounds or space outside the limits of such shooting gallery, grounds, or residence.
(2) No area shall be so designated under authority of subsection (1) of this section unless it has an average population density of not less than one hundred persons per square mile in the area designated, and, before making any such designation, the board of county commissioners shall hold a public hearing thereon at which any interested person shall have an opportunity to be heard. The provisions of article 3 of title 33, C.R.S., concerning the state’s liability for damages done to property by wild animals protected by the game laws of the state shall not apply to any area designated by a board of county commissioners under authority of this part 3.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict or otherwise affect any person’s constitutional right to bear arms or his right to the defense of his person, his family, or his property
30-15-411. Conflicts with state statutes.
No county shall adopt an ordinance that is in conflict with any state statute.