Colorado Hunting News

Lynx Snow Tracking Begins, More Releases Planned
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has resumed winter tracking of the state’s growing Canada lynx population and is preparing to release up to 50 more lynx this spring as part of the agency’s ongoing effort to restore the wild feline to its native Colorado habitat.
Public Meetings Planned on Big Game Hunting Seasons
Colorado hunters and others interested in the state’s big game hunting seasons are invited to provide input during a series of public forums and open-house meetings around the state.
DOW Using Low-Flying Aircrafts in Mule Deer Study
Low-flying helicopters will move across the Upper Arkansas River area over the next few weeks as Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) biologists and pilots put radio collars on mule deer as part of ongoing efforts to understand why herds have declined over the past decade.
Bighorn Release Planned in Debeque Canyon
Governor Owens announced, as part of Colorado’s long-term efforts to restore bighorn sheep to their historic range, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Debeque canyon after months of negotiations between ranchers, conservation groups, energy companies, government agencies, and other stakeholders.
'Hunt of a Lifetime' Possible Through Conservation Partnership
A Colorado teenager drew a unique hunting license on private land. His expedition was made possible through a conservation easement that will preserve 3,600 acres of prime elk habitat and enable state wildlife officials to manage youth hunting opportunities.
No Special Post Season Hunts Offered
Despite being home to the largest elk herd in North America and offering plenty of additional opportunity through additional licenses, preliminary results would indicate that harvest rates during Colorado’s 2003 big game season didn’t reach the high expectations of both hunters and biologists. Never the less, there will be no special post season hunts offered to adult hunters who didn’t fill their tags during their designated season.
2004 Lion Quota Held at 2003 Level
The Colorado Wildlife Commission set the 2004 mountain lion hunting quota at 790, keeping it the same as the 2003 quota currently in place.
Big Game Success Rate Remains Below Average
Colorado’s 2003 big-game season continues to be difficult for elk hunters. Low success rates due to a warm and dry start continued through the third season. Recent weather patterns have made access difficult for hunters, keeping harvest rates lower than average as hunters prepare to head out for the fourth season, which began on Nov. 8.
Hot, Dry Weather Challenges Big Game Hunters
Unseasonably hot, dry weather has impeded hunters tracking elk and deer through Colorado’s first two big game rifle seasons. However, sportsmen should not lose hope. Wildlife biologists say cooler days and higher head counts promise to boost success harvest rates in the third and fourth seasons.
First Rifle Season Success Takes Hit From Warm, Dry Weather
The first season of Colorado’s four big game seasons has ended and in most areas of the state biologists have not seen as high of harvest rates as they were hoping for. Hot, dry weather has helped many of the 350,000 elk that inhabit Colorado avoid hunters. Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) officials believe hunters for the upcoming season will need to concentrate their efforts on higher elevations and areas with dark timber as long as the mild weather continues.