Colorado Hunting News

Division of Wildlife Creates New Southwest Region
The Division of Wildlife has taken its existing resources and recommended a new fourth management region in southwest Colorado to better manage the state's wildlife resources and provide customer service in that area.
First Canadian Lynx For Reintroduction Arrive
Four lynx captured in eastern Canada arrived in Colorado on Monday night, the first of up to 50 lynx the Division of Wildlife (DOW) will reintroduce next spring in its ongoing effort to re-establish the native species in Colorado's high country.
Wildlife Commission Rejects Limiting GMU 62 Elk Licenses
The Colorado Wildlife Commission has decided against limiting elk licenses in a popular hunting area west of Montrose. After more than two hours of testimony, mostly from area residents opposed to the idea of limiting elk licenses in a popular hunting area on the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose, the Colorado Wildlife Commission decided against implementing such a plan.
More CWD-Positive Elk/Deer Found Outside Established Area
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) announced today that seven mule deer and five elk harvested by hunters outside the established area have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). One elk and one deer were taken in game management units (GMU) where the disease had not previously been found. The new units were GMUs 4 northeast of Craig and 6 east of Walden.
Wildlife Commission Approves Lion Quotas, Feeding Restrictions, and More Lynx
The Wildlife Commission approved mountain lion quotas for 2003 and the reintroduction of more lynx to Colorado at its meeting Nov. 14-15. Also, the Commission prohibited winter feeding of deer and elk where CWD has been found.
New Positive CWD Cases
Four mule deer bucks and a bull elk taken by hunters in northwest Colorado and one mule deer buck taken by a hunter west of Castle Rock have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The positive animals were taken in three units - 5, 10 and 51 - where the disease had not previously been detected.
Big Game Hunters Experience Normal to High Success Rates
With the third big game season coming to an end, harvest rates for elk across the state have been good, but not quite as high as division biologists would have liked to have seen. Deer hunters found good numbers of mature buck and good success in most areas.
Two Elk and One Deer Found With CWD
Two Western Colorado bull elk and a deer just west of Chatfield Reservoir have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Hunters killed all three animals last week in areas where the disease has previously been found in deer or elk.
First Rifle Season Mostly Successful
Hunters across most of Colorado seemed to have good or above-average success during the first rifle elk season, with a few exceptions. Those that ventured off the beaten path seemed to be the most successful, and there are plenty of bulls out there, as hunters are taking larger, more mature animals that had an extra year to grow because of the low harvest last year.
Deer Tests Positive for CWD
A deer killed by a vehicle about four miles east of Hayden in northwest Colorado has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The animal, found in game management unit 13, was sent in for testing as part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife's routine surveillance for chronic wasting disease.