About the CBA
The CBA was originally formed in 1969 by a small but highly passionate and dedicated group of bow hunters. Their goal was simple; try to establish equitable big game seasons just for bow hunters. Through their individual effort, modest but improved opportunities were established with the cooperation of the Division of Wildlife (DOW), the Colorado Wildlife Commission (CWC), and the state legislature. From those humble beginnings, the CBA grew to eventually become the recognized voice for bow hunting in Colorado.
As CBA memberships grew in number, new and greater opportunities were envisioned and pursued. Success was not always a given however. Organizations opposed to hunting were equally motivated to advance their political agendas. As a consequence, CBA efforts to expand opportunities for bow hunters were often redirected toward the protection of existing privileges. It eventually became necessary to engage the professional assistance of a lobbyist in order to detect and mitigate potential threats. This political watch guard continues today and remains a costly but necessary expense.
Throughout its existence, the CBA has nurtured and refined its relationship with the DOW and CWC. The success of this on going endeavor has resulted in several key events. Most notable include invitations from the DOW to provide input to the 5-Year big game archery season structures, requests from the CWC to present an archery education seminar to its commissioners, and solicitations from the commissioners to speak at CBA Area Rep meetings. These key events are ample evidence of the mutual respect developed between our state agencies and the CBA through years of cooperation and diligent negotiation.
The CBA is first and foremost a bow hunting organization; comprised of dedicated and ethical bow hunters. Colorado archers enjoy a liberal hunting season highlighted by the fact that we have 10 big game species available to the bow hunter not including numerous small game. But the CBA is also an organization dedicated to the fulfillment of family values and camaraderie amongst members. To that end the CBA hosts several family oriented events such as its annual Jamboree, Awards Banquet, and 3-D shoots around the state. We provide state affiliated hunter safety education, college scholarships, and volunteer assistance to public television and various youth programs. Our Colorado Bowhunter news magazine is recognized for its quality of content and informative articles. Our website provides members and non-members alike, critical information on a variety of topics, a forum for open discussion, and a new medium for finding essential information in this electronic age.
The CBA promises to continue its responsibility to safe guard the privileges we enjoy today and to explore new opportunities for an ever changing tomorrow. But that responsibility demands support in the form of new and enduring memberships. If you bow hunt in Colorado and are not a member of the CBA, please consider joining now and give your fair share in protecting the privilege. As our membership grows, so will the opportunities available... this is our pledge to you the members.
The Colorado Bowhunters Association proudly accepts the mission:
The CBA will promote seasons and season structures that strengthen and enhance the opportunities for bowhunting with the hand held, hand drawn bow and actively oppose seasons and season structures that diminish or degrade those opportunities without evidence of overriding wildlife management goals.
Legal Bowhunting Equipment:
The CBA will develop and promote bowhunting regulations with thresholds that limit hunters to using only the hand held, hand drawn bow and that emphasize archery and bowhunting skills.
The CBA categorically rejects crossbow technology as being legal archery equipment for use during any archery season in Colorado, and will actively oppose the use of crossbows or implementation of crossbow seasons under any circumstance, where such use will diminish or degrade the bowhunting experience, opportunity and/or quality with the hand held, hand drawn bow.
Since 1969 the Colorado Bowhunters Association:
Hunting and fishing are forms of outdoor recreation as are hiking, rock climbing, biking, and 4-wheeling. Not everyone however, participates in outdoor recreation activities but those that do are often passionate about their involvement.
Bowhunters can probably be characterized as one of the more passionate groups of outdoor enthusiasts. We dearly love the outdoors and the wild things that reside within it. We are a diverse and extended family who regards bow hunting as a perfect union of man and the natural world. Our love for bow hunting and the scenes that accompany the privilege can only be understood by those that relish the environs as deeply as we do. We are literally drawn to nature…autumn arriving like a golden chariot piercing the pure air and azure sky on contrails of yesterday’s dreams and tomorrow’s promises. Our treks into the tall grasses and deep forest quench an ancient urge that others cannot apprehend. Yet, defeating our quarry isn't nearly as important as having had the opportunity to be among them… having had the opportunity to be part of something greater than ourselves.
There are those however, that totally disregard our passion for the outdoors and are financially motivated to take those freedoms from us. Organizations like HSUS, PETA, and others are determined to destroy hunting starting with archers…and will go to any means to accomplish their goals.
If you bowhunt in Colorado and are not currently a member of the CBA ... please consider joining today. We need your support to protect the privilege so many enjoy. Here are some other reasons to join:
Dear Members and Expired Members,
I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the reasons why you are a member, why you should continue to be a member and why you should join today or renew your membership to the Colorado Bowhunters Association if it has expired.
Who is the only voice there for the bowhunter – the CBA. Increasing pressure from the anti-hunting groups, including the USHS, target our hunting rights in Colorado.
Regional directors and representatives are there for you to contact with concerns and to inform you of any issues or upcoming events, such as the local Polar Bear and Feed the Hungry Shoots. We have established an e-mail tree to disseminate information quickly to our members. Unfortunately, not all have e-mail, so I encourage all who have not given us their e-mail address to do so. If you have one and have not given it to us, please send it to my e-mail address below.
The CBA defeated these proposals:
While many of these appear general in nature, a large amount of time and energy has been spent to negotiate, testify, gather data, survey, and lobby for the results seen above. Again, this is your money in action.
Encourage your friends to join and renew. We need all of you!
Craig E. Kimball
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