Although it is only May and the first hunting season doesn't open until late September, estimates on next fall's seasons are already beginning to come in.
According to John Ellenberger, big game manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife's (DOW) Grand Junction office, hunters throughout Colorado should brace themselves for another excellent hunting season this year.
"Originally, we thought that we were going to be facing another 1983 or 1984 again, when the severe winter caused a big loss for both the deer and elk herds in Northwest Colorado," he said. "Fortunately, our weather stabilized and it looks as though this year is going to be another good one."
Last year, a record 60,120 elk were harvested in Colorado, about a fourth of the post-season estimate of 250,000.