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2010 Colorado Rule Changes

From the press release
DENVER, Colo. - The Colorado Wildlife Commission finalized 2010 big game regulations at its regular meeting Jan. 11. The Commission approved a variety of changes, some providing expanded opportunities for hunters.

Key revisions include:

Hybrid Draw:
The Colorado Division of Wildlife established a "Hybrid" drawing for select elk and deer licenses for the 2010 hunting seasons. The purpose of the drawing is to give hunters the additional opportunity to draw a license for some of the state's premier elk and deer hunting areas. Hunters with five or more elk or deer preference points that select as their first choice a unit requiring 10 or more resident preference points for that species will be automatically included in the random drawing. Approximately 15 elk and three deer units qualify for the drawing.

New White-Tailed Deer-Only Units Opened:
For the first time, white-tailed deer-only seasons are available in the Arkansas River drainage between Pueblo and Canon City. Additional units have been added on the Eastern Plains.

Moose Regular Rifle Season:
The regular rifle season for moose has been extended to 14 days. The 2010 season opens Oct. 1 and continues through Oct. 14.

Third Rifle Combined Season:
The third rifle combined season for deer and elk has been extended to nine days, including two weekends. The 2010 season opens Nov. 6 and continues through Nov. 14.

Gunnison Basin Elk Hunts:
-Archery elk licenses are totally limited in units 54, 55 and 551.

- Either-sex, over-the-counter licenses with cap are available in unit 54 during the second rifle season.

-Additional cow licenses and late-season licenses are available in units 54, 55 and 551.

Muzzleloading Elk Licenses:
"Statewide" muzzleloading licenses are no longer available in 2010. All muzzleloading elk licenses are valid in specific Game Management Units (GMUs) or Data Analysis Units (DAUs) only. Either-sex licenses are also available in specific units.

Desert Bighorn Ram Licenses:
Unit S63 (Middle Dolores River) is now open for rifle hunters.

Nonresident Desert Bighorn Ram License:
A nonresident, desert bighorn ram license is available in unit S56 (Black Ridge).

Bighorn Sheep Ewe Licenses:
Ewe licenses are available in units S57 (Big Thompson) and S15, S16, S21, S28, S33 and S53 (San Juan Mountains).

Bighorn Sheep Ram Licenses:
Units S40 (Lone Pine), S39 (Mt. Silverheels) and S41 (Peru Creek) are open for rifle hunters.

Female-Only Goat Licenses:
Female-only (nanny) goat licenses are now available in units E15 and E16.

Pay-to-Play:
Hunters who do not want to accumulate preference points may opt out of paying the $25 "Pay-to-Play" fee by selecting the appropriate check box on the big game drawing application. If this option is checked, the applicant will not receive a preference point.

2010 Big Game Brochures:
Hunters are encouraged to thoroughly review the 2010 regulations brochures due to these and other changes approved by the Commission. The "2010 Colorado Big Game" and "2010 Colorado Sheep and Goat" brochures will be available at Division of Wildlife offices, statewide licenses agents and online (http://www.wildlife.state.co.us) mid-February 2010.

To review season dates and other 2010 big game regulations approved by the Commission, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/Archives/2010/January1120...

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Re: 2010 Colorado Rule Changes

Thanks for posting! Looks like some big changes! Any idea on what what units there adding for whitetail only tags?

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You're welcome, the whitetail only stuff was the first I had heard. Looks like that would mean changes to units 69 and 84, and maybe 59. But they will also be adding some new units, which means the old boundaries of the others must be changing.

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Re: 2010 Colorado Rule Changes

He ex is the Hybrid draw residents only?

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I don't believe so. I think the reference to resident preference points was because they had to choose the highest demand hunts. Pretty sure it's open to nonresidents also.

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Thanks for the heads up,still have 8 elk ppoints. Getting ready to put in for Wyoming elk and if we get that we'll try for deer in the same area.Our snow goose hunt didn't pan out too well ,saw a lot but couldn't get e'm to bite on the 1000 or so decoys, frost or something. Killed 120 last year, 4 this year. We cleaned up on the last day of whitetail hunting with some drives, 2 days 28 deer, got a decent 9pt. eastern ct. 1 phez hunt left, then back to real life (or not so real life)

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Goose hunting has been crappy here too lately. This long freeze has moved them off the reservoirs that most of the pits were designed to hunt off of. And I don't what's up with my pheasant hunts lately. Took the dog out Wednesday and got skunked again, but this time we didn't even have a flush. Oh well, getting excited about a new year and new places to hunt.

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The pheasants dissapeared from her around 1980 I think, used to be grouse too. Won a hunt at an nra auction ,local, but it will be stocked birds. Whole different hunt in the mid west. Have the Sportsmans show in Harrisburg to look forward to,and hoping the draws for Wyoming go as planned. RMEF banquet in march and NRA in may, then time to take the boat out. Hope this construction stuff picks up!

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Thanks for keeping us up dated.

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Hey ex, so how many tags are given out through the lottery for a given hunt code. Is is a set number like 1 or 2 or is it a percentage of the tags given out.

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Ian, not sure what you mean. Are you talking about the hybrid draw? It's 20% last I heard that will be given out in the random draw portion.

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