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Who We Are


The Council is made up of 9 members representing various interests throughout Colorado.

  • Two represent the hunting and fishing public east of the continental divide.
  • Two represent the hunting and fishing public west of the continental divide.
  • One represents the agriculture and livestock industry.
  • Another represents municipalities while the seventh represents counties(Both must be from communities impacted by hunting and fishing recreation and revenues.)
  • The eighth member is a media/marketing expert.
  • The final member represents the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

HB 1409 specified that the Council write a formal action plan that outlines the objectives of the Council and lists the types of information that they felt necessary to communicate to the public. That plan is public information and available through the Colorado Parks Wildlife.

Meet the Members


Bob Shettel
Western Slope Representative

Bob is from Carbondale and loves to be outdoors hunting, fishing backpacking, skiing and snowshoeing. He hunts big game and prefers fishing in high mountain lakes – holding 4 IGFA line class world records for California Golden Trout. A record he set in 1989.

As a retired schoolteacher, Bob is the watchman for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in White River National Forest. Throughout his career, he has represented various regional groups and growing his marketing skills.

Andy Neinas
Marketing Chair Representative

Andy lives in the Royal Gorge region on the banks of the Arkansas River; making it no surprise river sports are his passion. He is a licensed fishing outfitter and guide in the state of Colorado and likes to fit in ski trips during the winter months.

He owns Echo Canyon River Expeditions and the Echo Canyon Campground. Andy also volunteers with the tourism industry and has been involved with commercial rafting and the protection of rivers for over 25 years – giving him an inherent value and appreciation for river quality in Colorado.

John Justman
Counties Representative

John has been a resident of Fruita since 1973. He enjoys camping, ATVing, and going on four-wheeling Jeep trips. He likes to hunt deer, bears, big horn sheep, pheasants and waterfowl. He also likes to hike, checking off 2 of Colorado’s 14ers.

After farming and irrigating for 40 years, John is now a Mesa County Commissioner. He’s also served on many boards including: Fruita COOP, Mesa County Planning Commission and the Mesa Soil Conservation District. As well as being a member of the NRA and the Grand Junction/Fruita Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Melcher
Agriculture Representative

Gary was born and raised in Holly Colorado and currently lives in Walsh. He enjoys archery, rifle hunting, spin and fly fishing. Gary is quite the avid hunter, but he’s still looking to add bear and turkey hunting to his list.

He grew up working on his family farm in South Eastern Colorado. In the past, Gary was a chair for The Colorado Farm Bureau Wildlife Committee – where he’s currently still a member. Gary is very active with farming and wildlife groups including, the elk foundation and pheasants forever.

Terry Carwile
Municipalities Representative

Terry has lived in Colorado for more than 47 years. He is a hunter and fisherman — big game, small game, birds, river fishing, lake fishing and ice fishing for both cold and warm water species. His other interests include hiking, river rafting and cycling. Terry has ridden in twelve Ride The Rockies bike tours.

He works with the Craig Chamber of Commerce, as their Sportsman Information Officer, providing hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational info for people who want to spend time outside in NW Colorado.

Tim Emery
East Slope Angler Representative

Tim grew up fly-fishing in Colorado and was a fly fishing guide and ski instructor in Vail. He also, developed the Teva Mountain Games Fly Fishing Event, and the fly-fishing report on KZRY.

After moving to Denver he got involved with Denver Trout Unlimited and helped create and manage the South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam, which lead to the revitalization of the urban South Platte downtown. As V.P. of Sales and Marketing at FishExplorer.com he helped them become the premier resource for fishing information in Colorado, Texas and Florida. Currently he is with a new company called iGuide Pro, an iPhone app built to help people find fishing spots as well as a Property Manager in the Denver area.

Tom Burke
West Slope Hunter Representative

Tom, a native Coloradoan, originally from Denver and now lives Grand Junction is an avid outdoorsman. He likes to hunt big game, fish, ride mountain bikes and ATV’s. But, one of his favorite pastimes is to get above the mountains and fly his airplane.

He is currently retired, but is an active member promoting Colorado and other outdoor activities on The Great Outdoors Colorado Board. Tom also holds a chair on The Western Colorado Conservation Forum as well as the Wildlife Council.

Windi Padia
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Representative and Treasurer

Windi lives in Frederick, Colorado and her outdoor interests include: fishing, hunting, horseback riding and hiking.

She began her career with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2003 as the District Wildlife Manager in Longmont. Currently, Windi is the Education Section Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and is responsible for managing outreach efforts designed to introduce kids and families to hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Bob Hewson
Vice Chairman and East Slope Hunters Representative

Bob moved from Michigan in 1964 and lives in Loveland, Colorado. As both a hunter and fisherman, he enjoys upland, waterfowl and big game hunting as well as ice, spin and fly-fishing. Bob also, takes part in youth competitive sports, coaching and mentoring outdoor activities.

He is the Cofounder and Executive Director of Colorado Youth Outdoors, whose mission is to build healthy relationships between youth and parents through outdoor activities. Bob is passionate about sharing and introducing people to the outdoors opportunities that our state offers.

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