On Tuesday, April 5th, the Colorado Senate passed HB1266, a bill that would require all hunters between the ages of 19 and 64 to purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp in addition to their regular hunting license before entering public wildlife areas.
Hunters currently pay for access to these public lands through license fees and special taxes, so this additional fee places an unnecessary financial burden on those residents who already pay their fair share into the system. Worse yet, there is no guarantee that lands purchased from the proceeds of the stamp will even be open to hunting!
Please call and email your elected officials and let them know that HB1266 is unacceptable in its current form.
Ask them to do the following:
1) Exempt hunters from purchasing the Wildlife Habitat Stamp in addition to their regular hunting licenses.
2) Ensure that all lands purchased by the state with funds raised from the sale of the Wildlife Habitat Stamp be open to hunting.
Urge your legislators to include the above changes when considering HB1266. You can call House members at 1-800-811-7647 and members of the Senate at 1-888-473-8136.