Sportsmen’s meeting planned for Grand Junction

An upcoming meeting in Grand Junction will offer participants an opportunity to discuss issues related to hunting and fishing in Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled its Northwest Region sportsmen’s roundtable meeting for 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Mesa County centralized services building located at 200 Spruce St.

“We want to stress that this is not CPW’s meeting. The roundtable and attendees have the final word about what hunting and fishing topics they would like to discuss. However, CPW will be there to answer questions as needed,” said J.T. Romatzke, manager of the CPW Northwest Region.

Romatzke said he expects some the issues likely to come up at the meeting will include the five-year big game hunting season structure.

Romatzke said it’s also likely new license fees and requirements will be discussed at the meeting. “We’ve made good progress in the last year in terms of funding the future of this agency. However, we know sportsmen have questions about our new fees and requirements. This is the time and place to get answers and provide feedback that will be relayed directly to CPW leadership.”

In addition to the discussions, the meeting also will include the election of a new regional delegate.

Anyone interested in running for a spot on the roundtable is encouraged to attend and give a short presentation or speech about their qualifications. Attendees will vote to select the new member during the meeting.

The roundtable consists of four appointed members and two elected members from each region. Twice each year, the statewide roundtable meets with the CPW director and other agency leaders for detailed discussions about a variety of management issues.

Elected members can serve two-year terms and are expected to organize regional caucus meetings and be available to constituents, serving as their representatives for regional concerns during the statewide meetings.