Colorado DOW to Finalize 2009 Limited Licenses

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The Colorado Wildlife Commission will finalize limited license availability for the 2009 black bear, deer, elk, pronghorn and moose seasons at its regular meeting on Thursday, May 7.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 755 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

Regulations pertaining to Division of Wildlife properties will also be up for final adoption by the Commission. These include regulations prohibiting the launch and removal of boats and other watercraft devices of any kind during waterfowl seasons at State Wildlife Areas on the South Platte River between Greeley and the Colorado-Nebraska state line. Hunting and access restrictions on the Miller Ranch State Wildlife Area will also be up for final adoption.

The Commission will also review draft regulations to extend the Eastern Plains pheasant season and southeastern quail season through January 31 annually, and will also consider modifying regulations to allow hunters to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells during the Light Goose Conservation Order Season. Final adoption of these draft regulations and the 2009-2010 small game and waterfowl seasons will take place during the Commission's July meeting.

In addition, the Commission will hear public comment on the Five-Year Review of Big Game Season Structure. Alternatives and guidelines for the next five-year big game season structure and the limited elk unit nomination process will be the focus for the May meeting. People who wish to testify on these items are asked to fill out a "blue sheet" – Request to Speak Before the Wildlife Commission—and give it to any Division of Wildlife staff. Comments may be given on any aspect, but will be most effective if directed at the Big Game Season Structure topic being discussed at the meeting. The Commission chair generally limits comments to three minutes.

Division staff will update the Commission on the Division of Wildlife Strategic Plan. Wildlife recreation and wildlife education and information are two sections of the plan that will be presented.

Constituents can listen to Commission meetings through the DOW Web site. This opportunity is provided to keep constituents better informed about the development of regulations by the Commission and how they and the DOW staff are resolving issues facing Colorado's wildlife.

People can listen to the live audio feeds of the meetings by clicking on the "listen to audio" link on the "Wildlife Commission" web page during the meeting. Broadcasts are only available during the meeting.

To view the entire agenda for the March Commission meeting please visit: wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an 11-member board appointed by the governor. The Commission sets Division of Wildlife regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, nongame, threatened and endangered species. The Commission also oversees Division of Wildlife land purchases and property regulations.