Big Game Access Program cancelled after pilot study

Colorado Parks and WildlifeCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a pilot study, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be suspending its Big Game Access Program (BGAP). BGAP was designed to evaluate the potential of a big game leasing program in southeastern Colorado and create hunting opportunities that both benefited landowners and hunters in the area. However, recent budgetary shortfalls have caused Colorado Parks and Wildlife to reevaluate all of its programs and as a result the decision was made to end BGAP. [Read more…]

Colorado’s Leftover Hunting Licenses on Sale August 6

Colorado Division of Wildlife-DOWDENVER – Leftover big game hunting licenses will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m., at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and more than 700 hunting license retailers statewide. [Read more…]

Colorado Backdoor Elk Results

Colorado Division of Wildlife-DOW

The procedure for checking is:
Log in to your account on the https://www3.wildlifelicense.com/co/start.php
Proceed as if you were going to buy a habitat stamp
The next screen will show the products you have on file
If you drew a Elk tag you will have an additional entry for an Elk tag

The caviat is, if you applied for more than 1 choice, you won’t know which you drew. So, you won’t know is which license you drew unless you only had a first choice.

Elk Hunting University 2011 is now in session!

Last year’s efforts at providing new insights, techniques and concepts for hunting the “Monarch of the Rockies” hit the mark. Elk Hunting University (EHU) pages were viewed more than 400,000 times in fewer than 12 months! Responses to and comments about EHU’s time- and field-tested wisdom, tips, and advice from the contributing Hunter Outreach Huntmasters and DOW field officers and biologists have been very positive. Thank you for your interest! [Read more…]

Get Ready to Hunt Colorado

DENVER – 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.

Also new this year is an interactive, on-line companion version of the brochure that has video clips offering hunt pointers and tips on how to apply for licenses through the draw process. [Read more…]

DOW Looking to Elevate Elk License Sales

DENVER — In a new effort to promote elk license sales and support the rural communities that depend on hunting, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is launching a national marketing campaign aimed at challenging hunters to elevate their game by tackling a Colorado elk hunt this fall.

The “Elevate Your Game” campaign targets hunters age 30 to 65 using football terminology and themes to raise awareness of Colorado elk hunting opportunities. The integrated television, print and web campaign, developed with Denver-based 5-Stone Advertising, is designed to reach millions of hunters across the country between mid-February and April 5.

Division of Wildlife Director Tom Remington said that while the campaign has a national reach, it’s designed as a proof-of-concept pilot project to test the effectiveness of marketing to resident and nonresident hunters alike. The goal of the campaign is to increase elk license applications for the limited license drawing as well as sales of leftover and over-the-counter licenses later in the year. [Read more…]

DOW To Again Lease Big-Game Hunting Access

LAMAR, Colo. – The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for landowners in southeast Colorado to lease hunting access for the 2011 seasons.

The Division’s Big Game Access Program, or BGAP, will continue to provide hunters access to private lands for a fifth year while the agency completes an analysis of the pilot program that began in 2007.

Last year, 15 parcels of land totaling over 140,000 acres were enrolled. Properties enrolled last year must re-apply to participate again in 2011.

“We are looking at the Division’s ability to sustain the program and the potential for it to expand,” said Lamar Area Wildlife Manager Travis Black.  “The evaluation will be based on landowner satisfaction, sportsmen satisfaction, game harvest by species, economic viability and overall participation in and success of the program,” he said.

The BGAP program provides hunters access to private-land  deer and pronghorn hunting  in southeast Colorado in the following Game Management Units: 116, 117, 120, 121, 122, 125, 126, and 127.  [Read more…]

DOW Seeks Information on Elk Poaching

 

GUNNISON, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlifeis seeking information about a large six-point bull elk that was illegally shot in Saguache County sometime between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23.
     
The elk was alive when the DOW received a report about it. The animal had been shot and had to be put down.
     
“This animal endured incredible suffering,” said Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist for the DOW in Gunnison.
     
The animal was spotted by a Colorado Department of Transportation work crew on Dec. 23 on Colorado Highway 114, at mile marker 23 near the south end of the Cochetopa Canyon.
     
The Division is asking members of the public who may know something about this incident to call the Gunnison DOW office at (970) 641-7060, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT (265-6648). Tips can be made anonymously.
     
If a tip leads to a conviction, the reporting party could receive a reward.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Antler Collectors Reminded of Restrictions

GUNNISON, Colo. — 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.

Collecting shed antlers for commercial use has grown significantly during the last decade in the Gunnison area. The activity can disturb Gunnison sage-grouse during their mating period, and also cause unnecessary harassment of deer and elk on winter range. Collectors are cautioned to know the regulations. Violations could result in confiscation of antlers, a $68 fine and five penalty points against hunting and fishing privileges.

“The Colorado Division of Wildlife takes the disturbance of wildlife species during the critical winter period very seriously,” Wenum said.

Over the years, unscrupulous antler collectors have been observed chasing deer on foot and with snowmobiles, searching areas at night, and going onto private land without permission.

Shed antler collection on public lands in Game Management Units 54, 55, 551, 66 and 67 is closed completely from Jan. 1 through March 14 annually. From March 15 through May 15, collecting is prohibited from sunset to 10 a.m. daily.

The regulations were adopted by the Colorado Wildlife Commission and based on a collaborative petition submitted by the Gunnison Basin Sage Grouse Strategic Committee, Gunnison-area sportsmen and shed antler collectors. The DOW worked closely with those groups to develop the regulations.

The period of the first closure (Jan. 1 to March 14) assures that deer herds and Gunnison sage-grouse are not harassed during the difficult winter months. The second closure period (March 15 to May 15) ensures that Gunnison sage-grouse are not disturbed during the critical early morning hours of their mating period.

The closures will be strictly enforced. Collectors are advised to consult official sunset tables and to obtain accurate public lands maps.

For more information, or to report violations or suspicious activity, call the DOW office in Gunnison at (970) 641-7060.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

Special Rules for Late Elk Season in GMU 54

GUNNISON, Colo. — The Colorado Division of Wildlife is reminding late season hunters in Game Management Unit 54 northwest of Gunnison to be aware of special regulations that apply to this hunt.

The late elk season for this unit runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. The hunting area, however, is split into two sections, one east of West Antelope Creek, and the other west of West Antelope Creek.

Licenses designated L1 are valid in an area east of Antelope Creek and West Antelope Creek, east of the boundary of the West Elk Wilderness, south of the Kebler Pass Road (CR 12) and west of Colorado Highway 135.

The L2 licenses are valid for the area west of West Antelope Creek. [Read more…]