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Defeat Draw Only

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Dear Editor:(This letter was originally addressed: Attention, Hunters.)Are you aware that the Colorado Wildlife Commission is about to change Hunting (GMU) Unit 43 to Draw Only? Fortunately, a few friends of mine went to the meeting last week in Craig and made their point against such a move. The Commission decided to table this until the next meeting on Sept. 910, which, to my understanding, will occur in Durango. Another meeting will be held Oct. 56 in Glenwood Springs. Please understand that this is the Colorado Wildlife Commission, and not the Colorado Division of Wildlife, that wishes to do this. To my knowledge, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has recommended against such a move.By making this Unit Draw Only, you may not ever have the opportunity to hunt them again. If you have tried to hunt these “draw areas,” you already know it can take as much as eight to 12 years to draw a license. So if you hunt Unit 43 year-in and year-out as I do, please write or e-mail your objections to: Colorado Wildlife Commission, c/o Mike King, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, wildlife.com@state.co.us, Attn.: Mike King.We need written objections or e-mailed objections so that they appear in front of the commissioners. You may call me at 618-2755 or 945-8568 if you have any questions or call the local Colorado Division of Wildlife at 947-2920. Contact your friends to tell them about this, as it most heavily impacts those of us who live here.It appears as though the change to Draw Only was requested by those who would benefit from that change. This is not about numbers of elk, which those people who requested the change say it is. Rather, it is about money. Let’s keep it as it now is and how it has been enjoyed by many, rather than make a change for a very few. Don SillivanCarbondale


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