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How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

For almost a century and a half now, the federal government has owed a huge debt to the state of Colorado. When Colorado first became a state back in 1876, it was scheduled to receive about 4 million acres to set up shop. However, a Native American tribe called the Utes were still living on a sliver of land on the Western side of the state, so the government shorted Colorado about 9,900 acres. They’ve been trying to figure out a way to pay the land back ever since.

Colorado Hunting Land Deal

Over the course of the last eight years or so, the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado State Land Board have been hammering out the details of a potential deal. It would call for the BLM to transfer almost 18,000 acres of federal land as well as about 6,000 acres of mineral estate to Colorado. These acres would stretch across more than a dozen counties in Colorado, including Bent, Dolores, El Paso, Grand, Park, and Weld counties. And in theory, it sounds like it would be a great deal for Colorado.

How It Could Affect Colorado Hunters

Unfortunately however, it could be terrible news for hunters, fishermen, and others who spend time in the great outdoors in certain parts of Colorado. That’s because, according to a report released by a mapping company called OnX, the deal would make it impossible for many people to get access to federal land that is currently used for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. It has the potential to cause an uproar in the hunting and fishing communities.

The good news is that organizations like Backcountry Hunters and Anglers have stepped in and are planning to talk to the Colorado State Land Board about protecting the access that hunters and fishermen currently have to different parcels of land. But for now, all anyone can do is wait and see what happens with the proposed deal. The hope is that it’ll be finalized by the time next summer rolls around, but there is still a lot of work to be done between now and then.

At Samuelson Outfitters, we’ll keep a close eye on this deal to see how it could affect hunters in the future. We’ll also continue to offer the best deer and elk hunting excursions in Colorado to those who want to go on them. Call us at 970-726-8221 to reserve a hunt.

How to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

How to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

Deer and elk hunting in Colorado can be immensely challenging and exciting in and of itself. Nonetheless, you can make it even more exhilarating by bowhunting when you do it. In order to achieve success, though, you’re going to need to figure out how to improve your archery skills ahead of your hunt. Here areContinue Reading

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about how the marijuana industry has provided Colorado’s economy with a big boost. It has reportedly helped the state rake in about $6 billion so far. But it’s not the only industry that is helping Colorado’s economy to grow. Big game hunting is also havingContinue Reading

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

Do you feel confident in your ability to hunt for elk without a hunting guide by your side? If so, you might want to consider taking a drop-camp hunting trip. They’re starting to become popular with those who want to hunt for elk without a hunting guide but don’t want to go through the hassleContinue Reading

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

When you’re preparing to take a Colorado hunting trip, you’ll probably spend a lot of time getting your hunting gear together and mapping out what each of your days is going to look like. But it’s important to remember that you should also prepare for the altitude that you’re going to subject your body toContinue Reading

Why Colorado is an Ideal Destination for Big Game Hunting

Why Colorado is an Ideal Destination for Big Game Hunting

A slogan like “Come To Colorado” should be used to tell more people about this great state! Then again, the more people that move here, the less wilderness there will be… and Colorado’s rich wilderness is one of the things that make it an ideal destination for big game hunting. Open Space The Dixie ChicksContinue Reading

How You Can Use Your Hunting Skills to Become a Better Fisherman

How You Can Use Your Hunting Skills to Become a Better Fisherman

Here’s a radical idea: what if you used your hunting skills to… hunt fish? This is a mindset, so see if it makes sense to you and if it does, then use it. Fishing is a form of hunting, isn’t it? Sure, most people don’t think of it that way, but you’re not most people.Continue Reading

Life Lessons Taught by Hunting

Life Lessons Taught by Hunting

Hunting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. There are about 17 million people who go hunting at least once every year. In addition, those who hunt usually bring back more than just a deer or another trophy they were on the prowl for. They also bring back valuable life lessonsContinue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions For Hunters

New Year’s Resolutions For Hunters

As 2017 becomes 2018 and time marches on, what are some new year’s resolutions for hunters? Practice Makes Perfect First and foremost, this new year is the year you can decide to practice with your gun more often. Now that’s kind of vague, isn’t it? “More often” could mean anything. How about we make itContinue Reading

Tips for Adjusting to Higher Altitudes

Tips for Adjusting to Higher Altitudes

Are you in the process of planning a hunting trip to Colorado? One of the things that you need to know about the state is that a lot of it sits at a very high altitude. This means that your body is likely going to feel and perform differently when you are in Colorado thanContinue Reading