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Info on Colorado tag quotas?

The surprise reduction in cow tags in our preferred unit from 2010 to 2011 really put a damper on our hunt last year as one of our group got skunked on what had previously been a 100% bet. 

In prior years it appears that CDOW released "proposed" tag quotas in March and April for approval in May.  Anyone seen any info on this year's proposed quotas?  Any thoughts on the impact the mild-ish winter might have on quotas?

Thanks kindly!

 

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not out yet

Keep an eye on the commission page.  The quotas are usually approved in mid April at the Commission meeting, but if you watch the agenda, you can sometimes see the proposed quotas just before applications are due.  Or call the local biologist or DWM.  They should know the plan before the meeting.

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I've tried every trick in the

I've tried every trick in the book to get info on a new tag this year so i'll know how to apply for it.

No luck so far.

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Quotas are set according to

Quotas are set according to population objectives that the DOW sets in place.  There is a section on the DOW website that shows the states herds, and target populations and sex ratios.  Click on big game and then click on herd management plans.  Compare 2011 population estimates to management plans, and you can make an educated guess on whether or not tags will be increased or decreased.  I for one question the validity of these population estimates.  For example, they keep giving out tons of deer doe tags here in Unit 20, yet keep reducing cow elk tags.  I guarantee you that there are WAAAAY more cow elk than doe deer in unit 20.  In my humble opinion they better be careful with how many tags are being given out for deer here.  The damage may be irreparable.  Many hunters here (that hunt unit 20) agree with me.  I truly wonder how much "hands on" or boots on the ground surveying is done.

 

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Keep in mind that some units

Keep in mind that some units are "quality" units, and others are "quantity" units.  Sometimes a quantity unit can be changed to a quality unit, if there is enough input from the public (supposedly) which can reduce tags drastically.

 

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correction

guess I was wrong.  Turns out the quotas don't get presented til the May meeting.

Anyway, just from my personal models, I would guess there would mostly be tag increases across the board, particularly for the non trophy deer units.  For elk, should be about the same, though there could be some cow license decreases. 

Don't believe there will be significant winter kill this year. 

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Exbiologist.........You know

Exbiologist.........You know the tag i'm refering to. New this year. So, no past history to look at. They don't decide on how many tags until the draw is over. Do you think the number of applications has any influence on the number of tags offered?

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I do

I'd try to compare it with a similar tag, but I''m not sure which one to compare it to.  Demand should have little effect on the tag, just weighing the recreational opportunities and population management goals.  That type of license is usually more of a recreational opportunity I'd guess there would be less than 100, and should go to 2nd choice like similar tags.

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I'm a chicken and can't bring

I'm a chicken and can't bring myself to take it as a 2nd choice. I really want to so I can get a point, and hunt for a buck next year. I've changed my huntcodes now 5 times. They're going to think i'm nuts. Which may be true.  Confused

They make it too easy to change your huntcodes now. I wish it would be over so I can stop thinking about it.

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similar unit

Looked at the neighboring unit's similar license which covers a similar area, species, sex and season.  Only 25 tags and they all went 1st choice with 82 applicants.  So, yeah maybe you will need to do it 1st choice.

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That's my biggest worry. Unit

That's my biggest worry. Unit 49 right next to me is a popular area for does. We have a lot of doe hunters here. I might have better odds going for a buck in the rifle seasons with no points.

Deer is hard to get here. Elk is easy.

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