Colorado Hunting News

Wildlife Commission Makes Changes to Big Game Regulations
The Colorado Wildlife Commission approved changes that will have an effect on those who have applied, or plan on applying for limited archery and muzzleloader bear licenses in Game Management Units (GMU) 83, 85, 133, 134, 140, 141, 142, 143, 147, and 851 for the 2003 big game season. The approximately 30 licenses available for these GMU’s for both methods of take will not be valid for the Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area in GMU 851. The change pertains to Hunt Codes “BE083O1A” and “BE083O1M.”
New Record Elk Harvest
Hunters who participated in Colorado’s 2002 big game season recorded a new record elk harvest of 61,174 edging the old record of 60,120 set in 2000.
Kremmling Big Game Information Meeting
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a big game information meeting in Kremmling, March 6 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office located on the Kremmling fairgrounds.
DOW Releases Bighorns in Debeque and Animas Canyons
The Division of Wildlife, continuing its half-century effort to reestablish Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in their native habitat, released 25 animals at two Western Slope locations last week. DeBeque Canyon, just northeast of Grand Junction, received 18 sheep (seven ewes, three yearling rams, five ram lambs and three ewe lambs), restoring a population in native bighorn habitat. Farther to the south in the Animas Canyon, seven sheep were released Thursday to augment a herd that was reestablished two years ago.
CWD Incinerator Open House Discussion
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is holding an open house Feb. 27 at its Fort Collins Service Center, 317 W. Prospect, to discuss the permitting and use of an incinerator to burn deer and elk carcasses generated from chronic wasting disease testing and management. The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to allow the public an opportunity to provide comments to the Division of Wildlife concerning the issue.
Partners in the Field Progam For Young Hunters
The Colorado Division of Wildlife and several private waterfowl organizations teamed up this fall through the Partners in the Field Program to introduce young hunters to the sport of waterfowling.
8th Annual Eagle Day is February 8th
The Eighth Annual Pueblo “Eagle Day” is Saturday, February 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pueblo Reservoir. The event’s co-sponsors are the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW), Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo Zoo, The Pueblo Raptor Center and the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society. Activities at the day-long event include live raptor demonstrations by the Pueblo Raptor Center, bird watching classes, children’s crafts, and wildlife viewing stations. All of the activities are free and open to the public.
Commission Sets Big Game 2003 License Structure
The Colorado Wildlife Commission on Jan. 9 approved the season structure for the 2003 big game seasons in Colorado, including more either-sex elk licenses for the first rifle season and an extra weekend for hunters in the second big-game rifle season.
Mule Deer Survival Study
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) will be using a helicopter to capture mule deer and fit them with radio collars next week in the Salida area. CDOW biologists are placing radio collars on deer in the Upper Arkansas River Basin from January 12 thru 21 as part of a study to determine why Colorado's mule deer population has declined over the last ten years.
More CWD Positive Elk/Deer Outside Established Area
Four more elk and three deer from outside of the established area for chronic wasting disease have tested positive in the last month. The Division of Wildlife has notified the hunters who killed the animals, and their license fees will be refunded.