Colorado Hunting News

Colorado DOW Seeking Help With Poaching Incident Near Canon City

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is asking for help solving a poaching crime in Canon City.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 25, a north side resident called police to report a deer lying in a field near Cottonwood Street with an arrow in it.  All hunting seasons are over, so whoever shot the deer did so illegally.

Colorado DOW and Parks Will Likely Merge July 1

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks would merge into a new agency under one board and one administration on July 1 under legislation that will soon be submitted to the General Assembly, Gov. John Hickenlooper told a joint meeting of the Colorado Wildlife Commission and the State Parks Board.

Colorado Hayman Burn Area Has Bighorn Sheep Once Again

Nine years ago, the largest fire in Colorado's recorded history seared a giant burn into the rugged landscape along the South Platte River canyon southwest of Denver. The Hayman fire destroyed 133 homes and caused $40 million in damages. It also transformed the landscape into a big-game paradise.

Colorado Big Game Apps Due April 5th

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is rolling out its 2011 big game hunting brochure with some major enhancements to help hunters apply for licenses and find information about big game hunting in the state. Applications for the 2011 fall big game season are due to the Division of Wildlife by Tuesday, April 5.

The fully re-designed brochure includes easy-to-read tables, a detailed list of new hunt opportunities in the state and a reference page with important information about Colorado hunting regulations. Copies of the brochure are available anywhere licenses are sold.

Colorado DOW Transplants Bighorn Sheep on Western Slope

In an effort to improve long-term survival of desert bighorn sheep in western Colorado, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has moved 15 of the majestic animals into prime bighorn habitat in the Middle Dolores River canyon.

Twenty years ago, the Division established a new population of desert bighorn in the Upper Dolores Canyon area in San Miguel County with a group of 50 sheep obtained from Nevada. Over time, the herd has grown to number about 150 animals.

Colorado's Scott Tipton Joins the Congressional Sportsmen's Congress

Stressing the important role that sportsmen play in Colorado's economy and environment, Congressman Scott Tipton, today, announced that he joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. The Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus was established in 1989 and the nearly 300 members, representing almost all 50 states, champion the issues of hunters, anglers and other sportsmen through the legislative process.

The bi-partisan leadership of the Caucus includes Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR).

Colorado DOW Considers Bear Den Regulations

The Wildlife Commission will consider a new regulation to prohibit the take of bears in their dens and a petition to rescind a ban on dog walking at two northeast-region state wildlife areas during its January meeting.

Colorado DOW Seeking Info on Bighorn Sheep Poaching

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking information on the poaching of a bighorn sheep in the Poudre Canyon before Thanksgiving.

"Visitors to the Poudre Canyon value and enjoy seeing the sheep here," said Chad Morgan, Poudre Canyon District Wildlife Officer."It is a shame that someone would poach in an area like this, as we are trying very hard to rebuild the herd and ensure their health in the canyon."

Morgan asked that anyone who may have information about the case to call Operation Game Thief.

Colorado Reminds Shed Antler Hunters of Regulations

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding antler hunters that the collection of shed antlers in the Gunnison Basin is regulated by strict guidelines.

The purpose of the regulations is to protect vulnerable wildlife species, especially Gunnison sage-grouse and mule deer, explained J Wenum, area wildlife manager in Gunnison.

Colorado Outfitter Loses Registered Status and Fined Big Money

A longtime Parker outfitter and three out-of-state clients have been fined almost $40,000 after pleading guilty to illegally hunting deer, including a trophy white-tail buck, on the high plains of eastern Colorado.

The investigation by law enforcement officers with the Colorado Division of Wildlife centered on outfitter Thomas E. Tietz, 56, and involved incidents that occurred in Lincoln and Elbert counties from 2006 to 2008.