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Hunting Tips – Long-term Efforts have Saved Colorado’s Wildlife

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In Colorado 150 years ago wildlife faced a dire future. 

To provide food for miners and settlers streaming west during the gold rush and land rush of the mid- and late-1800s, market hunters slaughtered deer, elk, bear, buffalo, bighorns, pronghorn and any type of bird that could provide meat. Fish fared no better as nets and even dynamite were set in rivers and streams. Polluted water flowing from mining operations also devastated hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. 

Hunters Can Expect Another Good Waterfowl Season

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Colorado hunters can expect another good waterfowl season in 2017-18, although CPW avian program leader Jim Gammonley said there are signs that duck numbers may start to see declines in the future due to drier conditions to the north. Waterfowl hunting opportunities in Colorado extend from mid-September teal seasons to light goose conservation seasons ending in April.

Hunting Tips - Hunting Gear Checklist

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Preparing for a hunting trip is a major effort. Listed below are a few common items that hunters often forget as they get ready to go into the backcountry. 

* First aid kit (include mole skin/duct tape for blisters); 

* Compass and high-quality maps; 

* Fire starter for use in the field; 

* Knife sharpener; 

* Extra batteries; 

* Rain gear; 

* Blaze orange vest and cap; 

* Extra fuel for camp-stove; 

Hunting Tips - Hunting and Wildlife Management in Colorado

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Hunting provides tens of thousands of people in Colorado a unique recreational experience. But hunting goes far beyond the realm of recreation--it also provides an important wildlife management tool. 

When few humans roamed the Rockies and the Great Plains more than 150 years ago, wildlife could move over hundreds of thousands of square miles of open range. But while wild critters still have room to move around in Colorado, their interface with humans requires the attention of professional wildlife managers.