Colorado Hunting News

New Licensing System in Spring 2003
Paper hunting licenses, conservation certificates, long forms and waiting in lines will soon be a part of hunting history in Colorado. The Division of Wildlife's (DOW) licensing system is getting a makeover, and a faster, easier, more efficient and more convenient system for selling hunting and fishing licenses will be unveiled in 2003. Hunters and anglers will be able to buy a license anytime, anywhere.
CWD Infected Bull Elk Found in Summit County
A bull elk killed by a hunter west of Green Mountain Reservoir on Sept. 14 has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. This is the second wild elk found with CWD in western Colorado this hunting season and the first in Summit County.
More Deer and Elk Licenses Available
Due to the ongoing drought and resulting lack of winter forage, the Wildlife Commission has approved more than 14,000 new antlerless rifle elk licenses and 2,500 new antlerless archery elk licenses for the upcoming big game season. The Commission also approved 1,060 new doe deer licenses for game management units in Middle Park and the San Luis Valley.
Black Bear Hunting
Drought has been tough on black bears this year, but will make it easier for hunters to locate hungry bruins. Jerry Apker, resident bear expert for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Monte Vista, points out that bears become more mobile whenever there are food shortages and "mobile bears are vulnerable." That should make bear hunting "very good" this fall, Apker says.
Mountain Lion Population is Healthy
The mountain lion's elusive nature makes it difficult to accurately count how many lions there are in Colorado, but the fact that large lions, such as one killed in December 2001, exist is evidence of Colorado's healthy mountain lion population.
Hunting Skills Seminars
The Colorado Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with other partners, is sponsoring a series of clinics designed to help hunters improve their skills for the upcoming season. The clinics focus on several different species of game animals and teach new Colorado residents how to hunt successfully in Colorado as quickly as possible.
Record Number of Leftover Licenses Purchased
Eager hunters bought a record 11,653 leftover licenses from the Colorado Division of Wildlife on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the first day they went on sale for the 2002-2003 seasons. Last year, 8,662 leftover licenses were sold. "People continue to be very excited about hunting in Colorado," said Phyllis DeJaynes, a Division customer service manager who is in charge of leftover license sales in Denver and Fort Collins, the two offices that sold the most licenses in the state. "It's a wonderful place to hunt, we have a beautiful state and the elk population is perfect for successful hunting."
Despite Wildfires Successful Fall Hunt Expected
Despite scary TV images of wildfires burning in Colorado, the fires have had little impact on big game populations statewide, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife expects a successful fall hunt. Early season hunters - archers, muzzleloaders and those pursuing bighorn sheep, goats and mountain grouse - will have to endure cold camps and other fire restrictions in some areas.
Leftover Deer and Elk Licenses On Sale Aug 13th
Leftover deer and elk licenses remaining after the draw will go on sale Aug. 13 at 8 a.m. at all Colorado Division of Wildlife offices statewide. Service is on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the Denver, Fort Collins and Brush offices. These three offices will have a wristband process to randomly give hunters a position number in line that day.
New Carcass Regulations
As a precautionary measure against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease, the Colorado Wildlife Commission has implemented new carcass regulations that limit the parts of deer and elk that may be transported from the endemic area in northeast Colorado. The regulations also limit what can be brought into Colorado from infected areas in other states or countries. The affected areas are game management units 7, 8, 9, 19, 20, 29, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 191 and 951.