Changes in store for hunting season

Big game hunters should be aware of some changes to the license procedures for 2007.

Those interested in applying for an elk, deer, pronghorn, moose or bear license must have their applications postmarked by April 3.

Hunters will not receive their licenses in the mail until their habitat stamp requirement has been met.

A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is required of people ages 19 to 64 buying hunting or fishing licenses. With a license purchase, the stamp is $5 and required with each of the first two licenses bought in a calendar year ($10 total). The stamp also allows access to state wildlife areas and state trust lands leased by the Division of Wildlife. Those who apply by using the DOW Web site www.wildlife.state.co.us can purchase a habitat stamp when submitting their application. Those who use mail-in applications can buy their habitat stamps prior to applying, or they can include a $5 check with each of their license applications.

Also new in 2007, all muzzle-loading pronghorn licenses are now limited and available in specific game management units.

The purging of preference points also will begin for hunters who are inactive in 2007. If a hunter has not applied for a deer, elk, pronghorn or bear license at least once since 2004 they will lose their preference points for that species.

The youth big game license program has been expanded to include 16- and 17-year-olds.

If hunters have questions about applying for a 2007 big game license they can contact the DOW customer service center at (303) 297-1192.

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