If you plan to use horses on your hunting trip, please be aware of the following:
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 is an integral part of wildlife management in Colorado. While you are involved in an enjoyable recreational activity, remember that you are also an active and important participant in managing big-game herds.
With your license comes a responsibility to hunt and conduct yourself in an ethical manner.
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.
Hunting accidents have declined rapidly since the passage of two laws in 1970. One law requires hunter education training for all hunters born on or after January 1, 1949. The other requires hunters to wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing above the waist--including a head covering visible from all directions.
Hunting mule deer in Colorado is always challenging. Hunters can improve their success by understanding the habits of these critters.
During the 2016 seasons, for all manners of take, 81,000 hunters harvested 37,000 mule deer for a 45 percent success rate. It is estimated that Colorado is home to about 435,000 deer.
The popular hunting magazines often display colorful photographs of huge bull elk standing in open meadows presenting easy targets. The reality in the mountains of Colorado, however, is far different.
In the 1980 movie classic, "The Mountain Men", the character Henry Frapp is questioned by a young green horn: "Haven't you ever been lost?" Frapp scratches his whiskers and after a recollecting pause, replies, "A fearsome confused for a month or two... but I ain't ever been lost!"
Every year more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds and high country of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or simply get lost in the woods.
Hunters must remember that altitude can affect their health and their ability to move easily. And in the Rockies, weather can change quickly with fast-moving storms dumping a couple of feet of snow in just a few hours.
Now's the time for big-game hunters to get ready for the season by sighting in their rifles. Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges hunters to begin practicing well before the start of the seasons.