As a lifelong hunter and conservationist, I can't believe what Colorado Parks and Wildlife did to us (hunters) this year! Usually an increase in draw tags, hunting licenses and draw application fees is justified and necessary. But this year they (CPW) are forcing us to purchase a "qualifying tag" before they will process our special draw applications. These "qualifying tags" cost $29.75. With this new added fee, it will cost $46.75 just to submit our applications. Then if we are successful in drawing a limited tag, the cost of that tag (ex: deer $39.75) is added to the required application fee. That is $86.75 for a limited deer tag. I feel that is an outrageous price for a resident to pay!
To make matters worse, if you are not successful in drawing the tag(s) the $29.75 qualifying tag cost is not refundable. There are four in my family who will not use the qualifying tags. This program, I feel, will drive some sportsmen away!
Don't take me wrong, the field staff of CPW had nothing to do with this policy change.