Colorado Hunting News

Colorado Biologists Studying Pervasive Deer Disease

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists recently began monitoring mule deer bucks in the North Fork Valley in an effort to better understand a disease that causes antler deformities and the possible long-term effects on herd health.
     

Colorado Landowners Can Earn Extra Cash from Hunting

Landowners in southeastern Colorado who open their property to hunters can earn extra cash by enrolling in Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Big Game Access Program (BGAP) for the 2012 hunting seasons.
 
This year marks the sixth year the program known as BGAP will open up public access for deer and pronghorn hunting on private lands in the following Game Management Units: 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, and 127.  In previous years, up to 140,000 acres were enrolled.
 

Colorado PWC Approves Energy Projects, Big-game Seasons

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission authorized Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Rick Cables to negotiate a surface use agreement and lease with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation that would allow energy development from one well pad at St. Vrain State Park outside of Longmont.

Desert Bighorns Thriving in Western Colorado

Transplants of desert bighorn sheep by Colorado Parks and Wildlife have helped to establish a thriving population of the animals in the Dolores River canyon in far western Colorado, biologists from the agency have found.
     

Colorado Poaching Alert: Christmas Eve Elk in Fairplay

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are seeking information on a brazen poacher who shot two large bull elk shot just off a main highway two miles south of Fairplay on Christmas Eve, Sat. Dec. 24.

The elk were both shot less than 80 yards off Hwy. 285. The poacher cut the heads off and took minimal back strap meat, leaving the majority of the animals to rot.

Recycle Christmas Trees into Colorado Wildlife Habitat

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is setting up a Christmas tree drop off point in the Pueblo area to recycle Christmas trees into quail habitat.  The trees will be used to create artificial brush piles to improve the small game habitat on local state wildlife areas. 
 
Collection dates are Jan. 2 through 15 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Pueblo Service Center archery range parking lot located at 600 Reservoir Road.
 

Colorado Public Lands Closed to Shed Antler Collection Jan. 1

Winter is a stressful time for wildlife, a time when they need peace and quiet.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding people who collect shed antlers that special regulations in the Gunnison Basin restrict when antlers can be collected from public lands.
     
It can be tough for animals to get through the winter. Deer and elk can lose 30 percent or more of their body weight during the cold-weather months and often struggle to find food.
     

Colorado November I-70 Check Station Nets 22 Charges

Colorado Parks and Wildlife law enforcement officers checked nearly 180 vehicles during a wildlife check station on Interstate 70 in November. It was the first wildlife check station conducted on a major Colorado interstate in nearly 20 years.
 

Changes Help Kokanee Egg Take at Blue Mesa, Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife collected 11 million eggs from kokanee salmon running out of Blue Mesa Reservoir this fall, a record harvest which ensures that it and 26 other reservoirs which rely on stocking will receive an ample supply of salmon fry next spring.
       
This fall's record eclipsed the previous mark of 9.2 million eggs harvested in 1993 and more than doubled the 5.4 million eggs taken in 2010.
       

Protect Crops from Winter Wildlife Damage in Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding agricultural producers to inspect their fences and enclosures as a precaution to prevent winter damage from wildlife.
       
Every winter, deer and elk look for haystacks, orchards, nurseries and even barns in search of easy meals, explained Mark Caddy, game damage coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.