Colorado DOW Announces Changes to Hunting Regulations

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) would like to remind big game hunters who are interested in applying for an elk, deer, pronghorn, moose or bear license for the upcoming 2007 big game hunting seasons that their applications must be postmarked by April 3.

The option for banking preference points will not be available in 2007. Preference point banking was a one time option that took place last year. It allowed hunters to keep any excess preference points that were not required to draw the license they applied for. This year, any first choice license that is received will use all of the hunter's preference points for that species.

Another change for 2007 is that hunters will not receive their licenses in the mail until their habitat stamp requirement has been met. A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is required of people ages 19-64 who buy hunting or fishing licenses. With a license purchase, the stamp is $5 and required with each of the first 2 licenses bought in a calendar year ($10 total). The stamp also allows access to state wildlife areas and state trust lands leased by the DOW. Those who apply by using the DOW Web site www.wildlife.state.co.us can purchase a habitat stamp when submitting their application. Those who use mail in applications can buy their habitat stamps prior to applying or they can include $5 check with each of their license applications.

Also new in 2007, all muzzleloading pronghorn licenses are now limited and available in specific game management units.

The purging of preference points will also begin for hunters who are inactive in 2007. If a hunter has not applied for a deer, elk, pronghorn or bear license at least once since 2004 they will loose their preference points for that species.

The youth big game license program has been expanded to include 16 and 17-year-olds in 2007.

Hunters are encouraged to apply for big game licenses online at the DOW Web site. By applying online hunters will save time and money over mailing in their applications. It is also much more difficult to make an error when applying online.

For additional information on these and other changes for the 2007 big game seasons please read a copy of the 2007 Big Game brochure. A copy of the brochure and applications are available at the DOW Web site www.wildlife.state.co.us. They can also be found at license agents and DOW offices throughout the state. Non-resident hunters can request a mailed copy by visiting the DOW Web site.

If hunters have questions about applying for a 2007 big game license they can watch the streaming video tutorial on the DOW Web site or contact the DOW customer service center at (303) 297-1192.