July 11, 2013

Colorado Recreational Shooting Evaluation Underway

Last month, the Northern Colorado Front Range Sports Shooting Management Partnership was established through cooperation between Boulder County, Clear Creek County, Gilpin County, Larimer County, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Partnership was formed to develop a landscape-level, multi-jurisdictional strategy for recreational sport shooting throughout northern Colorado’s Front Range. Participating partners will work across jurisdictional boundaries to identify locations for safe, responsible, and accessible recreational sport shooting opportunities while also attempting to address conflicts near residential areas and with other recreation stakeholders. 

The Northern Colorado Front Range Sports Shooting Management Partnership is in the early stages of developing a planning tool for agencies to use in the future when making decisions related to recreational sport shooting opportunities or restrictions. The public will have the opportunity to learn more about this Partnership, as well as provide comments through informational open houses held in the individual counties. The first of these public meetings took place June 27, in Larimer County and was attended by CSF Western States Intern Cory Hughes. Future open houses will be held as follows:

• Gilpin County: July 11, 6-8 p.m., Gilpin County Community Center, 250 Norton Drive, Black Hawk
• Clear Creek County: July 16, 6-8 p.m., Idaho Springs City Hall, 1711 Miner Street, Idaho Springs
• Boulder County: July 23, 6-8 p.m., Boulder County Courthouse, Commissioner’s Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder

CSF will continue to monitor the Partnership as it evolves and work with other signatories of the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable to ensure that the interests of our nation’s sportsmen and women are well represented as the Partnership develops recommendations.

More information about the Northern Front Range Recreational Sport Shooting Management Partnership can be found at http://www.sportshootingpartners.org/.

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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