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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

Like the subject says, what happens when land is claimed by the government as federal wilderness? Does this mean no hunting, like national parks? I'm curious because of the wrangling going on in Moffat County (northwest colorado)....

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

I believe you can still hunt in wilderness areas, but you can't bring in vehicles or ATVs (which would make a lot of folks on this site happy). If you recall, gunslinger338 did his goat hunt in the Bob Marshall Wilderness last fall.

Wilderness areas are somewhere between National Forests and National Parks. They're protected from development, but still available for other purposes.

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Right. Hunting is allowed in wilderness areas. I do a lot of hunting in wilderness areas here in Colorado. The limitation is no motorized vehicles of any kind in wilderness areas. That means packing it in and out--either on your back or on horseback. Also, you will not find any kind of improved campgrounds in a wilderness area--no latrines, no running water, no nothing!

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wilderness is by foot or hoof. No chainsaws no mountain bikes. Leave no trace pack it in pack it out. Dismantle your fire ring ect. But well worth the energy you put into a backcountry hunt. Very limited presure a lot of land and few hunters.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

Your all correct on wilderness designations....as an outfitter, I operate totally in a wilderness area.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

Yeah I should have remembered about Gunslinger, although I thought the Bob Marshall area was a state park.

With all the various "designations" (state, national, federal, park, monument, refuge, wilderness) it gets a bit confusing about which does or does not allow hunting.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

It can be confusing. I asked about that when I took my hunter education course some years back. What the instructor told me is that, basically, if it doesn't have the word "park" anywhere in the name then you can hunt there.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

Thanks Don, that is easy enough to remember.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

I'm not so sure about that. I think the word "monument" rules out hunting, too.

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Could be. I don't know if we have any "Monuments" in Colorado and that may be why he didn't mention it.

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Does federal wilderness mean no hunting?

You're probably right. I was thinking of places outside Colorado, like Grand Staircase/Escalante, etc.

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