Wildlife Commission to Consider Big Game Season Structure

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The Colorado Wildlife Commission will give final consideration to a new five-year season structure for big game hunting at its Nov. 17 meeting in Colorado Springs.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., in Colorado Springs.

The new season structure will be effective beginning next year and continue until 2009 for deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, moose and black bear.

Modifications to turkey hunting regulations for the 2005 season, including license numbers and seasons will also be given final consideration by the Commission. And the Commission will consider regulations for mountain lion hunting in 2005, including a significant reduction in the quota of lions that can be taken by hunters.

A new regulation allowing people to kill an endangered species in defense of human life and requiring endangered fish to be returned unharmed to the water will also be considered. Commission regulations governing the protection of endangered gray wolves in the state would also change to conform to federal regulations allowing for the take of wolves attacking livestock north of Interstate 70.

The Commission will also consider:

--A slight reduction to the cost of a nonresident big game license to reflect changes to the consumer price index;

--Reauthorization of the sheep and goat auction and raffle that raises money to protect habitat for the species;

--Nominations for limited elk units in areas where bull elk licenses are now sold in unlimited numbers;

--An update on a sportsmen’s recommendation for increases in resident hunting licenses and both resident and nonresident fishing licenses;

--An update on possible changes to the state statute that provides a preference for landowners to obtain big game licenses for totally limited units.