I'm in Fort Collins, CO. I moved here in 2005 from Oregon. In OR, obtaining licenses was easy and I knew where to go.
In CO, it's much more of a challenge. Just completed my hunter education course, which was a total waste. Seems that >70% of the course was on types of bows, which muzzleloader powder burns faster, and how to differentiate between a lever action and a bolt action. In short, lots of the material was interesting in a trivial sense, but in no way made me a better or safer hunter. I found the whole thing bizarre. I expected to spend a lot of time on hunter orange, proper gun carrying techniques, rules and regs about licensing and where you can hunt, how to keep your weapon safe, how to keep your ammo safe, etc. Nope.
Anyway, after jumping through that hurdle, I'm now looking to buy a deer tag. I see that all deer tags here are limited. Weird. I'm used to just buying a deer tag, no questions asked. It looks like applications for all of the deer tag draws happened back in spring ... but there is something called a leftover list.
Q1: So, is the leftover list the tags that remain after handing out to the applicants? E.g., if the allocation were set at 500 and only 200 people applied, the leftover list would contain 300 tags?
So, I see that in the list there is: DE007O1A for deer in GMU 7,8,9,19, and 191. These are the areas that are close to Fort Collins. Maybe not the best hunting locations, but I mainly just want to get out in the woods on a weekend. Also, there are 629 available. Opens 8/26 and Closes 9/24.
Q2: Again, does the 629 represent the number of deer tags available for these units?
Q3: The website says that the leftover list tags go on sale on 8/8. So, what does the 8/26 OPEN date mean? If I'm elligible to buy one of these tags, when can I do so?
What's the deal with the four seasons? I'm used to one or two. In OR and WA, there is a general season and then there's a late season. A license/tag makes you elligible for both. If you don't get your buck/bull in the general season, you can go out again for the late season, if there is one.
Q4: How do the seasons work in CO? Do you get just one season?
I had hoped to learn this as part of Hunter Education. Shouldn't that be mandatory? How to read a GMU map, how to identify what hunt code you prefer, how to fill out an application properly, what a license/tag entitles you to do, etc. These all seem very important to Hunter Education, much more so than the history of the Pittman-Robertson act that donates 11% of firearm and ammo sales to a wildlife fund, how those funds are directed, and a 30 minute dissertation on how some states want to misappropriate them to non-wildlife uses.
I'm a rifle hunter, using the old .30-06 (Browning White Gold Medallion A-Bolt + Leupold VariX-III). My style of hunting is walk-sit-walk-sit. It's like a slow nature walk with a rifle in hand. I typically day-hunt, but may consider an overnight venture. I'm a novice and wouldn't take a shot at a deer over ~200 yds. In OR and WA, I would hunt in the national forest land and/or around logging sites. I'm just not familiar with the areas over here.
Q5: With those characteristics in mind, anyone have any good spots that I should consider going hunting?
Anyway, thanks for all the help. I have two graduate degrees, but find the Big Game regulations here rather confusing.