Colorado Hunting News

Higher Bull Tags; Lower Cow Tags
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has decided to reduce non-resident cow elk licenses for the 2002 season to $250, taking the price back to its pre-2001 level when the DOW nearly doubled non-resident tag costs. Meanwhile the DOW increased the bull elk non-resident tags to $470, to "keep pace with inflation". Colorado resident tags will remain at $30 per tag. All hunters may purchase two elk tags in 2002 as long as one of the tags is an antlerless license. The article notes that Colorado's elk herd is roughly 90,000 head over population objectives.
Man Sustains Mountain Lion Injuries
A Colorado Springs man was treated and released from a local hospital after a confrontation with a mountain lion. The man told the Colorado Division of Wildlife he went outside about 9 p.m. to investigate a commotion in his back yard and saw an animal attacking his small dog. The man thought the attacking animal was a german shepherd and entered the fray to defend his dog. The attacking animal turned out to be a mountain lion
Live Test For CWD In Deer
A test for chronic wasting disease that samples tonsil tissue from live mule deer has been developed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, providing a new tool to help prevent the spread and reduce the prevalence of the disease in wild and captive deer herds. The testing of tonsil tissue appears to also be effective in white-tailed deer, but is not effective for elk because the disease develops differently in the two species. There continues to be no live test for elk. The test was developed in conjunction with Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
Special Season Antlerless Deer Hunts
The Division of Wildlife is holding a series of special season antlerless deer hunts in game management units 19 and 191 as part of the agency's continuing efforts to reduce deer densities in areas affected by chronic wasting disease. Three-hundred special season licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Dec. 10 at the Fort Collins Service Center.
Man Charged For Outfitting Without License
A Denver man was charged with a felony for outfitting without a license in the Milk Creek Drainage west of Sleepy Cat Peak in Rio Blanco County. Division of Wildlife officers discovered the activity while posing as hunters on horseback. If convicted, the man faces a minimum of a year in jail, fines, and suspension of hunting privileges from one year to life.
Low Harvest May Mean More Elk Licenses Next Year
Warm and dry conditions hampered hunter's success and wildlife officials are estimating that the total 2001 elk harvest could be one of the lowest in 10 years. Last year, hunters took 60,120 elk and this year the harvest is expected to drop to about 40,000 animals. Due to the low harvest, the state is considering increasing the number of antlerless elk licenses available in 2002. Deer license volumes are not expected to change in 2002.
CWD Management Plans
The Division of Wildlife (DOW) has posted an article reviewing their plans for management of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in infected deer herds around the state. The article notes that within infected areas the DOW primary goal is not public hunting, but disease management. The DOW intends to meet a "one-percent or less disease prevalence" in the following areas: northern Boulder County, North/South Larimer County, Northwest of Fort Collins, and around the South Platte Drainage Basin (Logan, Sedgwick, Weld and Morgan counties).
Tickets For Trash
The Colorado Wildlife Commission (CWC) has approved an emergency regulation that allows fining/ticketing homeowners and businesses that continually leave trash accessible to bears. This does not directly affect hunters in Colorado, but could affect businesses in Colorado bear country, such as guides and outfitters. According to the CWC the regulation is intended to go after individuals who repeatedly 'bait' bears with trash or bird seed.
Moose Population Information
Colorado's moose reintroduction effort began in 1978 and has driven the statewide population to over 1,000. Despite being introduced in just a few areas the animals have spread throughout the state. The Colorado Division of Wildlife offers a few tips to help hunters avoid killing a moose by accident.