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Colorado deer tags

So is anyone else upset with the draw results for Colorado buck tags. The tags apparently were cut in half but there is no mention of it on the web page or regs book. The area we hunted went from needing zero points last year to a min of 2 to 3 now. The amount of tags available last year were 560 total with 219 for non resident and this year 204 total with 71 non resident. The out of state hunters are also getting thinned by the percentage of tags issued from the areas, of which is a loss of profit for the DOW. I guess they will just double the fees to make up the difference.

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camp, This winter, Colorado had some areas with a really bad winter kill. CDOW cut back the number of tags in those areas. Residents get 65% of the tags and non-Residents get 35%. 35% is one of the highest percentages in the west. Once a unit reaches 5 points for 3 years the ratio will go to 80% residents and 20% Non-residents.

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With the winter and die off that we had in Colorado this year I am glad the commission made cuts backs the way they did. It was good to see them put Colorado 's Deer herds ahead of revenue. In a couple years the herds will rebound and tags will go right back up.

Point creep on the other hand is more of an issue to me than tag numbers, they should of never taken away the point banking system.

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I'm with Hiker and TheGreatwhitehunter, this past winter was absolutely devastating on our mule deer herds. They're going to need a few years to come back again. In the meantime, the number of tags needs to be reduced. The deer need a break.

I'm seeing some deer, but not nearly as many as in the last couple years. The mule deer were starting to look really good, so this past winter is such a sad deal.

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I can see that and totally agree with cutting back on the areas and surrounding areas that were affected. The herds that were hit hard were in the Gunnison and Northern region. We have property on the western slope and did not see any noticable effect. On the other hand once the cuts are made they generally never return. Since the inception of the draw , the quotas have been reduced almost every year. I think the thing that upsets the most is that the DOW knew the problem prior to the drawing dealine and made no notification of the cut backs, thinking that a lot of hunters would not put in, knowing that they probably would not get drawn. There was no notification at any time of the cut backs until after the draw and you looked up the draw summaries and seeing that they were cut. I believe that had this been known most hunters would have entered another state drawing that would have been more favorable to draw. This would have had a major monetary setback, even knowing the DOW returns the tag money (minus fees) it is banked and interest is collected. It would have been more acceptalbe for me knowing this prior to.

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Point creep on the other hand is more of an issue to me than tag numbers, they should of never taken away the point banking system.[/quote

Could you explain the difference?

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