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Hunting briefs for Sept. 12, 2015: Youth antelope hunt contest starts

Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter, Double H Outfitters and Villard Ranch will be giving away a guided youth doe antelope hunt to the winner of an essay contest currently available.

Participants must answer the following question in 125 to 500 words: "Why do I want to hunt?"

To enter, participants must include name, Hunter Safety Card number, date of birth, phone number, signature and guardian waiver.

The deadline is Sept. 21. For more information, call 970-819-2531.

Leftover licenses still available for Colorado locations

Colorado Parks & Wildlife has a large quantity of leftover big game limited licenses still on sale for elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bear and turkey for multiple locations around the state.

A full list of Game Management Units, quotas and other details can be found at http://cpwapps.state.co.us/Documents/leftover.pdf.

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Active duty military personnel will receive preference points for such licenses and can download a form to fill out at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Hunting/BigGame/LeftoverLicenses/Military-Preference-Point-Application.pdf.

For more information on licenses, call 303-297-1192.

Hunting, fishing groups, businesses urge congressional renewal of conservation fund

Hunting outfitters, fishing guides, taxidermists, publishers, and gear manufacturers from more than 100 outdoor industry businesses in 23 U.S. states have sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire Sept. 30. The fund has been instrumental in improving habitat and providing public access for hunting and fishing across America for 50 years.

According to a press release from Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the letter urges Congress to continue to allow the fund — which is supported by off-shore gas royalties, not taxpayer dollars — to provide quality places for Americans to hunt and fish, thereby helping to grow an outdoor recreation economy that currently provides millions of jobs and drives $646 billion into local communities each year.

"Where conservation so often loses out in the federal budget, it wins big in the Land and Water Conservation Fund, without being a burden on taxpayers," said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of TRCP, the group responsible for spearheading the business letter. "Congress has enough to debate before the end of the fiscal year. Reauthorization of this successful program should be a no-brainer."

Since its inception in 1964, the LWCF has been used to invest over $16 billion in conservation and outdoor recreation, including the establishment of new public fishing areas, new access into landlocked and checkerboarded parcels of public lands, and the acquisition of new public lands for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and the sporting public.

"It is up to those of us who care deeply about these resources, and depend on them for our businesses, to demand that Congress reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund," said John LeCoq, founder and CEO of fishing brands Fishpond and Lilypond in Colorado. "The diverse landscape of America personifies our nation, and we have a responsibility to protect and enhance the natural resources from which we draw so much inspiration. Both sides of the aisle should be able to see that the LWCF is a tool that makes economic sense and that allows fish, wildlife and future generations to continue to benefit."

For more information, visit trcp.org.

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