Hunters heading to Grand County advised of closures

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are advising hunters in Game Management Units 28 and 18 that beginning Tuesday, hunting access to these areas may be restricted by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming seasons as they continue a project to cut hazard trees along the area's roads and trails, the agency reported in a news release.

The closures coincide with several big-game hunting seasons, including moose, mule deer, elk, bear and mountain goat during archery, muzzleloading and the first through third rifle seasons, according to the release.

The USFS advises that their project will temporarily close portions of the Fraser Experimental Forest and the Arapaho National Forest near Winter Park and Fraser in addition to roads and trails in the Stillwater and Kawuneeche area outside of Grand Lake. Nearly 29,000 acres, several roads, trails and access points will be off-limits to the public, including hunters, until the approximate completion date of Nov. 15, the release statd.

For additional details about these closures, hunters are advised to contact the USFS Sulphur Ranger District at 970-887-4100, or visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/sulphurupdates

"The best source of information regarding closures in any hunting area is the land management agency responsible for that area," said Lyle Sidener, Area Wildlife Manager in Hot Sulphur Springs, in the release. "Hunters should be aware that every year, land management agencies have closures for various reasons, such as the removal of hazardous trees, fires, road repairs, mudslides and other unforeseen events."

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