Lynn Belleville: Colorado sportsmen spend money, too |

Lynn Belleville: Colorado sportsmen spend money, too

To the editor:

I would like to comment on your article in the Dec. 24 edition of the Craig Daily Press regarding the local presence on the Colorado Wildlife Commission (“Leaders seek local presence on wildlife commission).

Many people live in the state to take advantage of the opportunities that Colorado has to offer for hunting and fishing. Residents of Colorado during the past two decades have watched their favorite sport of hunting being handed over to private industry for the financially privileged sportsman.

I feel that appointing someone to the board that is disappointed in the increase in resident opportunities is, at the very least, a mistake.

Colorado sportsmen spend money, too. The concept that out-of-state money is better or more is a clear confession to the idea of commandeering out heritage of hunting to benefit a handful of entrepreneurs.

Colorado residents should not be left out. Taking our children and grandchildren hunting and fishing is an important part of growing up. It teaches life skills that shouldn’t be traded off for big business and tax revenues.

If we could appoint a person whose interest is not self-serving, Northwest Colorado and the Western Slope could still benefit financially and keep recreational hunting a reality for Colorado residents.

While I agree that we need a local presence on the wildlife commission, I think this appointment should be a resident with the interest of all Colorado residences in mind, not one that is commercially spurred.

Lynn Belleville

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