A pilot study has deemed Colorado’s Big Game Access Program unworthy thanks to budget constraints.
A story in the Journal-Advocate stated that Big Game Access Program (BGAP) was created to determine the value in a leasing program that would help both landowners and hunters collaborate to produce more hunting opportunities.
Thanks to a lack of budgetary finances, the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Department has reevaluated their programs, and the need to put an end to the program was clear.
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“While the interest in accessing private lands for big game hunting has continued to grow, the program simply wasn’t economically feasible under it’s current structure,” said Travis Black, Area Wildlife Manager and BGAP Coordinator, to the Journal-Advocate.
The program, started in 2007, created short-term contracts with landowners in specific game management units to open their private land to public hunters. Landowners received payments for making their land available to hunters; up to $3 and no less than $.25 per acre were offered. First planned as a three-year study, the BGAP was extended after initial interest boomed.
“We appreciate all those who have participated in the program over the past seven years. Unfortunately at this time we will not be able to continue the program,” said Black in the article. “BGAP has not been self sustaining due to the limited scope of the program, and the number of acres enrolled.”
While programs like this seem reasonable on the surface, the intertwined financial constraints of state government-ran departments are undeniable.
Do you think programs like this are destined for failure, or will the benefits outweigh the costs? Leave your thoughts in the comments.