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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

A guy at work was telling me there may be an opportunity to get in on a "nuisance hunt" for deer or elk here in Colorado. Now that third season is over and I didn't draw for fourth season this looks to be my only option! I have scoured Google looking for mention of these hunts but haven't found anything. I would be interested in deer or elk if anyone has any information on these. Is this just an urban legend? Thanks.

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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

Welcome to BGH! Thumbs up

I personally haven't heard about this hunt, unless it's the San Luis Valley summer hunt that they started. You might want to call DOW at 303-297-1192, they can fill you in with any info.

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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

You have to call regional offices. Meeker is the only one I have heard of that will put your name on a list. If they have a "Nuisance Hunt" they call you up and you have to be ready. If not they go down the list to the next person. That is what the Springs DOW told me when I called them about a herd thinning hunt.

Hopes this helps.

Gary

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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

hk4ac, are you referring to damage control hunts?? Damage control hunts take place on private land at the landowners disgression. The DOW will issue an amount of tags (to the land owner), and the owner designates who they go to. It's the same as a landowner tag, except the tags are all female, and you can have however many you want because they are list C. That's the only thing i can think of as far as "Nuisance hunts" go.

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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

I was actually drawn for a 'damage hunt" several years ago. At that time ,if the DOW believed there was a need for herd reduction on a specific parcel, a notice was placed in a LOCAL newspaper. (In this case the Pueblo Chieftain)You then contacted the DOW to express your interest and your name was placed on a lottery list. If drawn, you were contacted by the regional DOW office. The landowner was indeed in charge of the actual hunt but had no discretion over who hunted. If you got drawn--you hunted--provided the elk were on the property during the period you were drawn for. It was my bad luck that when my week came the elk had moved on. So sad--too bad. This was several years ago--perhaps the procedure has changed. A phone call to a regional office should clear up any questions. (These hunts were usually in late or mid-winter and involved hay or orchard damage from large herds.)

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Nuisance Hunts for Colorado Deer/Elk?

Thanks, all. I called the DOW and they confirmed there is no such thing as a "nuisance" hunt but there are "damage" hunts. These hunts are regional and the land owner decides who gets the "vouchers" that are authorized by the local DOW office. When and if this does happen you can check with the local DOW office, usually in January or February. Thanks for all the posts!

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