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About the Colorado Bowhunters Association


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:

  • to encourage and perpetuate the sport of bowhunting for all legal game;
  • to protect, improve and increase the opportunities for hunting with the hand held, hand drawn bow;
  • to cooperate with and support federal and state agencies, sportsmen’s associations, and conservation organizations, which are insuring the propagation and preservation of game and its habitat;
  • to encourage and conduct educational programs designed to acquaint the public and the archer with the safe and ethical use of the bow for hunting and bowhunting as an effective method of hunting legal game;
  • to foster unity and perpetuate the spirit of good fellowship among bowhunters; and
  • to develop and advocate specific policies that support and help fulfill the Mission.

Policy Statement

Bowhunting Seasons:
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.

What We Do

Since 1969 the Colorado Bowhunters Association:

  • is a state bowhunting association comprised of dedicated, ethical bowhunters;
  • is the only recognized voice for bowhunting in Colorado;
  • is recognized by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Wildlife Commission and the state legislature;
  • is an organization who preserves your hunting seasons and negotiates season structures and license/permit numbers;
  • hired a lobbyist to keep a watchful eye on issues at the Colorado capitol;
  • created the concept of the “Network” to oppose animal rights and anti-hunting elements in Colorado;
  • promotes bowhunter education for all bowhunters;
  • provides a wealth of information and bowhunting insurance through membership dues;
  • provides six information packed “Colorado Bowhunter” news magazines per year to members;
  • sponsors pro-bowhunting Channel 12 programming in Denver;
  • participates in the Colorado Division of Wildlife Landowner Recognition Program;
  • is actively pursuing a state constitution giving sportsmen the right to hunt and fish; and
  • provides a CBA Info Line 303-697-9660.

Why You Should Support the CBA

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:

  • Six issues of The Colorado Bowhunter magazine every year
  • Drawing entries for free bows and other top prizes
  • Personal input to season structures and other state regulations
  • Special information mailings on CBA events and 3-D shoots
  • Personal identification as a valued member and conservationist
  • Access to future "members only" features on the CBA webssite

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.

Also, I will show you the accomplishments of the CBA and share our goals and plans for the upcoming year.

Most of you are well aware of the large increase in the number of bowhunters in Colorado. It has expanded over the 40,000 mark recently. In El Paso county alone, there are over 1,500 bowhunters taking to the field August through December. As the numbers increase, so do the number of animals harvested, and bowhunting becomes more of a management tool rather than a recreational opportunity. Archery licenses may become limited for all species, seasons may be shortened, and opportunities may be lost.

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.

Who is there to protect those rights – the CBA.
We have a paid lobbyist in the Legislature, a liaison to the Legislature, a liaison to the Division of Wildlife, and spokespersons testifying before the Wildlife Commission and Legislature on a regular basis. We have forged strong relationships with the DOW, legislators, the U.S. Forest Service and the Wildlife Commission because of our passion, commitment, and pro-active stance when it comes to bowhunting in Colorado.

This is also our commitment to you, a member of the CBA. However, each and every bowhunter in the region and the state benefits from the actions of the CBA. That is why we need to encourage all bowhunters to share in the commitment by becoming a member. And, yes, this comes with a price – the membership fee.

Often, as representatives, directors, and board members, we hear the statements from prospective, current, and expired members, “Well, what’s in it for me?” or “What do I get for my money?” or “All you want is my money.”

Let’s take a closer look at what your money is used for.
The membership fee is $30 for an individual/family. Over half of that goes to the printing of the bi-monthly CBA magazine. The remainder goes to operating costs, youth activities, liaisons to the Legislature and DOW, a lobbyist, the funding of the Banquet and Jamboree, scholarships, storage, merchandise, targets, meetings, shoots, marketing/promotions, taxes, insurance, a Web site, a reserve fund for future expenditures including legal battles with the Anti’s, and the assurance that the CBA is looking out for the best interests of you, the bowhunter.

Are we going to win every battle? Probably not, but we’re going to be there fighting. Therefore, yes, we want and need your money to continue those efforts.

Being a member does give you certain privileges and benefits beyond representation and the magazine. The annual Awards Banquet and the Jamboree give members the opportunity to experience the camaraderie and unity within the CBA. Also, there is a members-only access to a portion of the CBA Web site.

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.

As for the accomplishments of the CBA throughout the years, the CBA is wholly or partially responsible for the following:

  1. Bi-monthly magazine/newletter.
  2. More liberal seasons than pre CBA seasons.
  3. Opened many previously closed areas.
  4. Opened antelope statewide.
  5. Opened the first archery-only bighorn sheep season in the United States.
  6. Opened first archery-only goat season.
  7. Re-opened eight elk areas previously closed.
  8. Bear season concurrent with archery deer and elk.
  9. Early and late antelope seasons.
  10. Late whitetail seasons.
  11. Hired a full-time lobbyist to help protect bowhunting at the state legislation.
  12. Created and funded a wildlife legislation committee to increase the legislative activities in protecting bowhunting.
  13. Maintained the primitive nature of bowhunting by developing, and having approved, equipment regulations making illegal, electronic and battery powered devices attached to both bow and arrow.
  14. Increased hunting opportunities by recommending that bowhunters with a valid license for the area be able to harvest an additional doe deer in various GMUs in northwestern Colorado.
  15. Increased the number or bowhunting goat licenses in G-5 by 100%.

The CBA defeated these proposals:

  1. Mandatory blaze orange – twice.
  2. No elk hunting during the rut.
  3. Many various attempts to shorten our seasons to as little as ten days.
  4. A split elk season – 15 days north of I-70 and 15 days south of I-70.
  5. Legalization of crossbows for archery big-game seasons.
  6. An “Either/Or” Proposal for the deer and elk seasons.
  7. Retained the 30 day (Early season) for the next five years rather than allowing alternative shorter seasons proposed in discussions for the past Big Game Season Structures.

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
CBA East Regional Director

CBA Media Kit

Why Advertise in The Colorado Bowhunter Magazine:

  • Low advertisement-to-article ratio
  • Low rates
  • Color and black & white options
  • Exposure to a diverse group of bowhunters who use both traditional and modern equipment
  • Distribution of 3,500 - 5,000 bi-monthly issues to dedicated bowhunters
  • Selective bowhunting-related advertisements
  • Contributing articles written by some of the nation’s most successful bowhunters
  • One of the most-complimented magazines among all bowhunting organizations in the nation
  • Target audience includes 40,000-plus resident and non-resident bowhunters in Colorado each year
 CBA Media Kit

Editorial Calendar (subject to change)

Delivery Dates are approximate and are the best estimate of when members will receive their subscription copies. Actual dates may vary depending on freight schedules, event schedules and event results.
  • January/February (Bowhunter of the Year nomination)
    Ad close: November 20
    Delivery date: December 28
    Contributor article #1; Bowhunter of the Year nomination; Contributor article #2; DOW Report; Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Contributor article #4

  • March/April (Awards Banquet) Ad close: January 20
    Delivery date: February 28
    Contributor article #1; Annual Awards Banquet registration, event schedule; Contributor article #2; DOW Report; Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Contributor article #4; spring 3-D events schedule

  • May/June (Awards Banquet Recap) Ad close: March 20
    Delivery date: April 28
    Contributor article #1; Awards Banquet results, photos, recap; Jamboree registration, event schedule; Contributor article #2; DOW Report; Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Area Rep Meetings, Bowhunter Education; Contributor article #4

  • July/August (Jamboree) Ad close: May 20
    Delivery date: June 28
    Contributor article #1; Jamboree registration, event schedule; Contributor article #2; DOW Report;
    Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Surveys, membership news, Contributor article #4

  • September/October (Jamboree Recap) Ad close: July 20
    Delivery date: August 28
    Contributor article #1; Awards Banquet results, photos, recap; Jamboree registration, event schedule; Contributor article #2; DOW Report; Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Area Rep Meetings, Bowhunter Education; Contributor article #4

  • November/December (Hunter Success) Ad close: September 20
    Delivery date: October 28
    Contributor article #1; Hunter success, photos, recap; Summer Events recap; Contributor article #2; DOW Report; Legislative Report; Contributor article #3; Bowhunter Education Report; Contributor article #4

  • Special Edition Hunt Guide Ad close: TBD
    Delivery date: TBD

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