Colorado Parks and Wildlife approves wildlife-area pass fees

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has unanimously approved a new pass people can buy in lieu of a hunting or fishing license for accessing state wildlife areas.

The new program allows people to pay $46.48 for an annual state wildlife area pass, or $9 for a one-day pass.

CPW hopes to begin offering the new pass option by May 1.

It was created in response to concerns after the agency last summer began limiting access to state wildlife areas and state trust lands to people with a hunting or fishing license.

CPW implemented the requirement because state wildlife areas were purchased using hunting and fishing dollars to conserve wildlife habitat and provide wildlife-related recreation, but a growing number of people who don’t hunt or fish were using the lands for free and causing impacts.

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