Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public feedback on future of big game hunting seasons
DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the structure of the state’s big game hunting seasons for 2020 through 2024, according to a CPW news release.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets big game season structures in five-year increments, providing consistency for sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners, and communities. Colorado’s big game hunting seasons are used to manage the state’s big game species like deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, and black bear.
Several public meetings will be held in early 2019 for interested parties to share information and comments with a public comment form now available online.
“It’s important to get public input and hear ideas from hunters and the communities that have an interest in our hunting seasons,” Andy Holland, CPW big game manager, said in the release. “Big game season structure is about designing hunting seasons that provide a broad range of hunting experiences and manage big game populations to Herd Management Plan objectives.”
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The public comment form specifically asks for input on issues including season length and timing, overlap among different seasons and breaks between seasons, and the start and ending dates of seasons. The survey also asks for feedback on youth hunting, safety concerns and archery hunting strategies.
Public comment will be accepted through Feb. 4.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife carefully considers the public’s comments when making changes to the season structure. A summary of public input will be presented to the commission in March for final recommendations and adoption by the commission in July or September 2019.
Colorado’s 2017 big game hunting seasons generated more than $840 million, according to the 2017 Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado report.
To learn more about Colorado’s big game season structure process and timeline, visit cpw.state.co.us.
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