2002 Big Game Brochure Available

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The 2002 big game hunting brochure is now on its way to license agents, sporting goods stores and Colorado Division of Wildlife offices.

The big game brochure details hunting regulations for elk, deer, antelope, moose and bear. Regulations for hunting mountain goats and bighorn sheep are listed in a separate publication, already available at Division offices and license agents.

Big game brochures will be mailed to nonresidents and residents who applied for limited big game licenses in 2001. Sheep and goat brochures will only be mailed to nonresidents who applied in 2001. Residents can pick up either brochure at a Division office or from their local license agent.

Nonresidents can request copies of the brochures by contacting the Division's communications center at (303) 297-1192 or by e-mail at AskDOW@state.co.us. In the e-mail, nonresidents must provide their name, address and which brochure they are interested in receiving.

The application deadline for limited licenses for deer, elk, antelope, black bear, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat is April 2.

Big game regulation changes this year include: a decrease in nonresident cow elk license fees from $450 to $250; more units open for cow elk; and unsold limited buck deer licenses will now be sold as leftover licenses.

Regulations for transporting elk and deer carcasses from units affected by chronic wasting disease have not yet been finalized. The Colorado Wildlife Commission will meet this spring to set new rules. Hunters who draw elk and deer licenses from infected areas will be notified by mail of any new regulations. In the meantime, the Division is requesting that hunters who draw elk and deer licenses from units affected by CWD follow these voluntary guidelines:

1. Dispose of inedible parts of animal within the affected area, preferably at a landfill. Do not take carcasses out of affected area for disposal.

2. From infected units, remove only cleaned hides, clean skull plates and boned meat with evidence of sex attached.

3. Hunters who want to transport heads for taxidermy purposes should tell their taxidermist about the animal?s origin and suggest placing its waste in double plastic bags before taking it to a landfill.

All 2002 hunting brochures may also be downloaded at the DOW's web site. The on-line version does not contain the big game hunting applications.