Attention Colorado hunters: license requirements and fees for big game hunting are changing. Applications opening March 1.
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.
Despite drought conditions throughout Colorado and the surrounding region, Colorado hunters should be able to find good waterfowl hunting opportunities during the 2018-19 seasons. Waterfowl hunting seasons in Colorado extend from September teal and Canada goose seasons to light goose conservation seasons ending in April.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices statewide are gearing up for two of the biggest days of the year: "leftover day" Tuesday, August 7, at 9:00 a.m. and "OTC day" August 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Maybe you want to learn how to bag your next Thanksgiving turkey. Or perhaps you need a refresher course so your skills are sharp when spring turkey season opens April 14.
Then sign up now for Turkey Hunting 101, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife class scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, at the Lake Pueblo State Park auditorium.
District Wildlife Manager Gretchen Holschuh is hosting the free, three-hour class, which is open to everyone from novice to experienced hunters.