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Southern Shooting Partnership announces formation; launches public listening tour

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The Southern Shooting Partnership - a group of counties, state and federal agencies and public utilities working to develop safe, recreational sport shooting facilities in the Pikes Peak region - announced Tuesday it will launch a listening tour in December to gather public input on recreational sport shooting.

The first event in the tour will be a December 7 public meeting in Calhan to discuss Colorado Parks and Wildlife's proposal to develop a free, unsupervised public shooting range at the Ramah State Wildlife Area in northeastern El Paso County.

Hunters impacted by Silver Creek Fire can seek license refunds

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Due to an extensive land and road closure caused by the Silver Creek Fire, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer hunters who hold licenses for Game Management Unit 27 the opportunity to request a license refund or preference points restoration up to the day before the season begins, effective immediately.

Deer hunters: watch for mandatory chronic wasting disease testing information

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing again during the 2018 hunting season in an effort to continue collecting more information about CWD and how it may be affecting our herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is critical for data collection on this disease that impacts the long-term health of our herds.

Hunting Black Bears in Colorado – What to Know for the 2018 Season

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Hunting the American Black Bear in Colorado is an experience that's both thrilling and rewarding. Due to the state's abundant black bear population, there are plenty of opportunities to secure a trophy or two.

About Colorado's 2018 Black Bear Hunting Season

The timeline for the 2018 Colorado bear hunting season is as follows:

*      Rifle Limited (by draw): September 2-30 

*      Archery (over-the-counter with caps): September 2-30

Colorado Parks Seeking Input to Manage Pronghorn Antelope in Southeast Colorado

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Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife about how it manages the Tobe pronghorn herd over the next 10 years.

CPW staff has spent months drafting a proposed management plan for pronghorn in the Tobe herd, which spans Game Management Units (GMUs) 130, 136, 137, 138, 143, 144 and 146 in Baca, Bent, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers Counties.

Hunters can check for closures, fire information through U.S. Forest Service and BLM web sites

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Fires have burned in several mountain areas in Colorado this summer. So if you're planning to hunt on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, check with those agencies for the latest backcountry travel, fire and closure information.

To check on national forest lands in Colorado, start by going to the web site of the U.S. Forest Service.