The Colorado 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, 317 W. Prospect Road in Fort Collins. Each license is valid for a single game management unit and for a single two-week season. Season dates for the special seasons are Dec. 15 through Dec. 28, Dec. 29 through Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 through Jan. 25.
"A primary tool we have in combating chronic wasting disease is to reduce deer densities in the infected - or endemic - area," said Dave Clarkson, area wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. "By reducing deer densities, we're attempting to reduce the chances for the disease to grow in prevalence and spread."
The special season licenses are additional in nature and allow hunters who previously purchased a deer license this season, either through the limited drawing or leftover license sale, to purchase and possess another deer license. The special antlerless licenses will be valid on public lands open to hunting and private property. Permission is required before hunting on private property. Only one license will be available per hunter. All regulations which apply to the regular rifle deer hunting seasons apply to the special hunt, including requirements for hunters to wear blaze orange. See the 2001 Big Game Hunting Brochure for details.
Hunters who harvest animals with the special season licenses will be required to submit the heads of their animals for chronic wasting disease testing. Details about head drop-off sites and chronic wasting disease will be supplied to license buyers. Resident licenses for the special season hunt cost $20.25, nonresident licenses cost $270.25.