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Colorado DOW Announces Changes to Hunting Regulations

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Nice to see that the habitat stamp is being included in the application process this year.

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Bitmasher, I agree and I am glad DOW is going to include it for next year. I drew a spring turkey tag and they sent me a postcard, saying they won't send my tag to me until I pay for another Habitat Stamp, as I already purchased one earlier when I purchased my hunting/fishing combo license but we need to purchase one for our first and second tag. I went to DOW website and paid the other $5 for the habitat stamp and within 2-3 days it was in the mailbox but I'm still waiting on my turkey tag. Brick Wall,)

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I'm really confused on the preference point banking. What was their original purpose for allowing it last year? Why aren't they doing it this year? It would seem that the DOW thought it up over one too many Manhattans. If they had a plan, did it backfire? I don't see how banking for one year could be effective. I would think they would have done it for five years, for example, and then see if it accomplished their goal. Anybody got any insight? Brick Wall,)

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I think the main reason CDOW did the "point banking" last year was to help reduce the "point creep". When they originally did the point banking, they said it was for one year and a one time deal. They left the option open to do it again down the road, only time will tell if they decide to do it again.

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Hiker,

Thanks for the input. I wasn't aware that they had planned on a one-year deal. I would be interested to know if it was effective. I can see it reducing point creep if it was done for a few years. I guess only the DOW knows for sure. It seemed like it took more points to draw some units last year than normal. The unit we usually hunt went from 3 points to 7 for a bull tag for muzzleloader season. I'm not sure what to make of it. My friend and I have decided to draw a statewide tag for blackpowder even though it "should" only require 3 points for me and I have 5. My buddy has 5 also and he's a resident. I'm thinking of switching to bow hunting on years that I can't draw a blackpowder tag. I just want to get away from the crowds.

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The unit we usually hunt went from 3 points to 7 for a bull tag for muzzleloader season.

NH Hunter, Yes the point banking threw a wrench into a lot of the draw areas last year and it was hard to figure out how many points it was going to take to draw a tag. In 05 I spent 7 PP for a tag that only took 4 but I also wanted to hunt a area that wasn't overcrowded with hunters. If I knew CDOW were going to do the "point banking" I would have waited a year and kept some PP's.
IMHO, the next time CDOW does point banking, a lot of people will jump aboard and apply for a lesser points tag and thus maybe get in 2 quality hunts.
The statewide muzzleloader tag is a good tag and you shouldn't see a ton of people. I hope you draw this year and shoot a big, stinky bull. Yes

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.....I hope you draw this year and shoot a big, stinky bull. Yes

That's the plan and I'm stickin' to it! I'm about as sure as I can be that I'll draw. We'll be hunting a new area but with diligent research we should do well. My buddy has all summer to scope out the different perspective areas so we should know what the areas are like. Hunter density is a crap shoot so I may be fishing for information about specific areas once we narrow things down a bit. I won't be looking for secret spots but more of an overall idea of what it's like during the muzzleloader season as far as crowds. I'm really looking forward to this years hunt. Time to get out the bugle and start practicing. People look at you funny when you're driving down the road making animal noises. Think

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an overall idea of what it's like during the muzzleloader season as far as crowds

More then likely you won't run in to a lot of smokepole hunters but since most of Colorado is able to be hunted with a unlimited archery tag, you will probably see more bow hunters then muzzleloader hunters.

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I thought the reason for the point banking was because of the redistribution of more resident tags over non-resident tags in hard to draw areas that took place last year (late-2005/early-2006 rule changes). This upset the balance of points required for residents to draw in high preference areas, like in your example Hiker from 7 to 4. This is also why the preference point spread is climbing between resident and non resident odds in hard to draw units, faster than it has before.

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This is also why the preference point spread is climbing between resident and non resident odds in hard to draw units, faster than it has before.

Bitmasher, btw I love that name...it paints a good picture in my mind, maybe it's just that I've been around rank horses most of my life. LOL!!!!
IMHO, that spread will get further and further apart, since a lot of NR's are playing Colorado's point game and trying to draw the premium tags like 10,2, 201 & 61 for elk, 10, 21, 54, 55, etc. for deer and residents don't usually let their points build to high before they cash them in, so they can hunt. The 65/35 split will assure that will be the case too. The 80/20, 5 point or more units will have a big spread down the road.

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