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

Vice Chairman and 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.

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

Chairman and 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.

Tony Bohrer

Municipalities Representative

Born and raised in northwest Colorado, Tony is the fourth generation of his family to live in the state. In fact, his family still owns the original homestead developed by his great grandparents. A professional Hunting Outfitter, Tony guides expeditions for elk, deer, antelope, and mountain lion. He also serves as a pastor at his local church and is a member of the Craig City Council. Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters exploring the outdoors.

Tony Gurzick

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Representative and Treasurer

A native of Colorado, Tony grew up in Aurora and attended college at Colorado State University where he earned his degree in Wildlife Biology. Tony has worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 1991. He was a district wildlife manager in Colorado Springs, the area wildlife manager in Durango and the assistant regional manager for CPW’s southwest region. Currently, Tony manages CPW’s Creative Services and Marketing section in Denver. Tony enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife Kristen and his two children, Alexis and David.

Dan Gates

East Slope Hunter Representative

A Colorado resident since 1976, Dan is an avid lifetime Sportsman.  Living in Canon City, Colorado, Dan owns and operates a Wildlife Control Business while helping solve human animal conflicts in a variety of settings.  His passion for the outdoors is a true representation of his beliefs and lifestyle.

Dan is deeply engaged in multiple Sportsmen’s Organizations and also sits on the Habitat Stamp Committee, is a Statewide Delegate for the Sportsman’s Roundtable and sits on CPW’s Executive Summit Council.  He and his wife Karen and son Ethan conduct their lives in a manner that benefits not only themselves but conservation efforts and all of the sports person’s in the State of Colorado.