News from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Contact Name: Randy HamptonColorado Parks and Wildlife
Contact Phone: 303-291-7482


DENVER – Colorado is open for fall hunting with more than 23 million
acres of public land that are not affected by the federal government

Colorado Parks and Wildlife“Colorado is known worldwide for its pristine hunting and fishing
areas,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Some federal refuges are closed
here and in other states, but Colorado has elk licenses available and
hunters are welcome this fall to hunt on other public land.”

Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk
license for resident and non-resident hunters. The licenses are valid in
more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle
seasons. The second rifle season runs Oct. 19 – 27 and third rifle
season is Nov. 2 – 10.

Colorado has more than 260,000 elk in the state and hunters are
important to help manage those large herds. In addition, hunting
provides a $1.8 billion boost to the state’s economy each fall. State
officials have been notified that National Wildlife Refuges in the state
and some military installations may be impacted by the shutdown but
those lands make up less than one-half of one percent of the federal
land in the state.

“It’s unfortunate that hunters are receiving mixed messages from theSteve Yamashita
federal agencies,” said Steve Yamashita, Acting Director of Colorado
Parks and Wildlife. “While all of the National Forests in Colorado are
open, the shutdown has confused sportsmen across the country and we’re
trying to make sure people get the right information. Colorado is open
this hunting season.”

Individuals hunting Colorado’s public lands are advised that some of the
formal campgrounds may be closed or have limited service but dispersed
camping is allowed in most areas. Hunters should be prepared to pack out
their own trash and bring their own water.

The early snow in Colorado has local hunters excited after several years
of warm, dry fall weather. Cold, snowy weather concentrates big game
herds and moves them out of rugged areas toward lower elevation winter
range. That movement means better hunting conditions.

“Hunting in western Colorado has been tremendous so far,” said JT
Romatzke, an area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We
have had great late-season rains, and bulls rallied to the rut during
the last couple weeks of archery season.”

1stsnow2013-2Hunters are being reminded that snow can mean muddy roads and cold
temperatures. But mud and snow shouldn’t keep hunters from venturing out
to try their luck. Despite some potentially mucky terrain, Romatzke
anticipates a fruitful season.

“We are looking forward to what could be one of the best hunts we’ve had
for a few years,” he said. “We just need the hunters to come get them.”


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