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Second Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. 980243.01 JLB
HOUSE BILL 981291
STATE OF COLORADO
BY REPRESENTATIVE Entz;
also SENATOR Bishop.
AGR., LIVESTOCK & NATURAL
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING LICENSES ISSUED BY THE DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced
and does not necessarily reflect any amendments that may be subsequently
Authorizes the wildlife commission to adjust hunting and fishing license fees to manage field participation and maintain support for division of wildlife programs. Requires the commission to consider the budgetary impacts of any such adjustments. Raises resident and nonresident license fees for hunting deer and elk.
Revises the landowner preference for the hunting license program by:
Authorizes the commission to issue auction and raffle licenses for male deer, to allocate licenses to youth and disabled hunters, and to establish a reduced price hunting license for disabled hunters.
Establishes a conservation certificate.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
SECTION 1. 334102 (1.4) (o) and (1.4) (p), Colorado Revised Statutes, are amended, and the said 334102 (1.4) is further amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW PARAGRAPH, to read:
334102. Types of licenses and fees repeal. (1.4) Effective January 1, 1991, the division is authorized to issue the following resident and nonresident licenses and shall collect the following fees therefor, except as otherwise provided pursuant to subsection (1.6) of this section:
(y) CONSERVATION CERTIFICATE ____ ______
SECTION 2. The introductory portion to 334102 (1.6), Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended, and the said 334102 is further amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SUBSECTION, to read:
334102. Types of licenses
and fees repeal. (1.6)
promulgation of appropriate rule and regulation,
The commission may from time to time
authorize BY RULE the issuance of any of the licenses provided
for in this section for a fee THAT IS MORE OR less than that specified
in this section when in the judgment of the commission one of
the following conditions applies:
(1.9) THE COMMISSION HAS THE AUTHORITY TO ADJUST LICENSE FEES FOR THE PURPOSES OF MANAGING PARTICIPATION IN THE FIELD AND MAINTAINING ADEQUATE SUPPORT OF DIVISION PROGRAMS. THE COMMISSION SHALL CONSIDER THE BUDGETARY IMPACTS OF SUCH ADJUSTMENTS.
SECTION 3. 334103 (1) (a), (1) (d), and (2), Colorado Revised Statutes, are amended, and the said 334103 is further amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SUBSECTION, to read:
334103. Landowner preference for hunting license. (1) Any landowner in Colorado is entitled to landowner preference for licenses permitting the hunting of deer, elk, or antelope when the following qualifications are met:
(a) The applicant for a preference is
an owner as shown by a recorded deed of a parcel of agricultural
land of one hundred sixty acres or more.
the event that the owner is a legal entity or such ownership is
in two or more individual names, only two individuals, as designated
by such legal entity or multiple ownership, shall be eligible
for the preference.
for a license preference submits no more than one such application
per species per calendar year.
(2) Landowner license preference may be
transferred to any person who is eligible for a big game license.
AT LEAST fifteen percent AND NOT MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT of the
number of licenses established for each management area where
firearm hunting licenses are totally limited shall be made available
for purchase by landowners who meet the qualifications of this
section. Licenses not applied for by landowners within the time
specified therefor shall be made available to the general public.
Landowners receiving licenses pursuant to this section shall
allow hunting on their land to properly licensed hunters, subject
to the limitation of a reasonable number of such hunters.
(3) THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE RULES FOR THE LANDOWNER HUNTING LICENSE PREFERENCE PROGRAM THAT INCLUDE:
(a) PROCEDURES FOR ALLOCATING LICENSES AMONG ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS;
(b) THE NUMBER AND PERCENTAGE OF LICENSES TO BE ISSUED IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS;
(c) A STATEMENT CONCERNING WHERE LICENSES SHALL BE VALID;
(d) ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM.
SECTION 4. 334116 (1) and (2), Colorado Revised Statutes, are amended to read:
334116. Auction or raffle of deer, rocky mountain big horn sheep, and rocky mountain goat licenses use of proceeds. (1) (a) The division is authorized to issue up to TWO MALE DEER LICENSES, UP TO two male rocky mountain big horn sheep licenses, UP TO two male or female rocky mountain goat licenses, and UP TO two male shiras moose licenses each year through a competitive auction or raffle. The commission shall promulgate rules pertaining to the license and the conduct of the auction or raffle.
(b) (I) A nonprofit organization
involved in the conservation of
mountain big horn sheep THE SPECIES
FOR WHICH THE LICENSE WAS ISSUED may be authorized by the commission
to conduct the license auction or raffle.
organization involved in the conservation of rocky mountain goats
may be authorized by the commission to conduct the license auction
or raffle for the rocky mountain goats.
organization involved in the conservation of shiras moose may
be authorized by the commission to conduct the license auction
or raffle for the shiras moose.
(c) If the auction or raffle is conducted by such NONPROFIT organization, the organization may retain proceeds of the sale, not to exceed ten percent of such proceeds, to cover expenses. Such auction or raffle shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of Colorado law.
(2) (a) (I) All proceeds remaining
from the auction or raffle of
mountain big horn sheep licenses
AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (b) OF SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION,
whether conducted by the commission
or as OR otherwise authorized by
the commission, shall be used only for the
benefit of rocky mountain big horn sheep
research, habitat development, or for
education projects THAT BENEFIT THE SPECIES FOR WHICH THE LICENSE
remaining from the auction or raffle of rocky mountain goat licenses,
whether conducted by the commission or as otherwise authorized
by the commission, shall be used only for the benefit of rocky
mountain goat research, habitat development, or for education
proceeds remaining from the auction or raffle of shiras moose
licenses, whether conducted by the commission or as otherwise
authorized by the commission, shall be used only for the benefit
of shiras moose research, habitat development, or for educational
(b) The proceeds from the auctions or raffles shall be used for special projects and shall be in addition to any other funds used for the management of DEER, rocky mountain big horn sheep, rocky mountain goats, or moose.
SECTION 5. 334117, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SUBSECTION to read:
334117. Youth licenses special restrictions and privileges. (4.5) THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL LICENSING PROGRAM FOR HUNTERS ELIGIBLE UNDER THIS SECTION FOR A YOUTH LICENSE.
SECTION 6. Part 1 of article 4 of title 33, Colorado Revised Statutes, is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:
334119. Mobilityimpaired hunters. THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL LICENSING PROGRAM FOR MOBILITYIMPAIRED HUNTERS AND SHALL ADOPT APPROPRIATE RULES DEFINING "MOBILITYIMPAIRED". ALL SUCH HUNTERS MAY OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE HUNTING LICENSE FOR FIFTY PERCENT LESS THAN THE REGULARLY APPLICABLE PRICE, BUT SUCH REDUCED PRICE LICENSES SHALL ONLY BE AVAILABLE AT DIVISION OFFICES.
SECTION 7. Effective date. This act shall take effect July 1, 1998; except that section 1 of this act shall take effect January 1, 1999.
SECTION 8. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.