Hunters hungry for leftovers
Lines form to get leftover licenses
Hunters got up early this week to get their hands on hard-to-get hunting licenses.
Licenses left over from the Colorado Division of Wildlife draw went on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday at hunting license retailers and DOW offices. Leftovers went on sale Wednesday on the Internet for the first time in DOW history.
As of Friday, there were still 9,455 deer licenses left and 9,775 elk licenses left for hunt units in Moffat County.
Cashway manager Jeff Corriveau said business has been steady since Tuesday morning, when eager hunters began lining up at 6 a.m.
Cashway doesn’t keep track of the number of licenses sold, but Corriveau said sales seem to be about average.
“It’s just about what it was last year,” Corriveau said.
Last year, Cashway led the state in gross sales from hunting licenses.
Corriveau said most hunters are buying licenses for units in Moffat County, but he also sold licenses for units near Saguache and Gunnison.
“That’s the nice thing about the system,” Corriveau said. The DOW computer system allows retailers to sell licenses for any unit in the state.
The DOW’s license system did crash for a little more than an hour Tuesday morning. No retailer in the state could sell licenses at that time, but Corriveau said his customers didn’t have a big problem with the computer crash.
At Craig Sports on Victory Way, owner Joe Herod said his customers didn’t mind the delay either.
“You give people enough coffee and donuts and they’re fine,” Herod said.
Herod said he had customers show up at 6:30 a.m. also.
DOW license administration manager Henrietta Turner said leftover sales have been about average this week.
On the first day of sales, DOW sold 12,000 licenses, 76 percent of those were at license retailers, the remainder at DOW offices.
“We want to get folks out to those license agents,” Turner said.
DOW prefers hunters use DOW offices for license transfers and other businesses and buy their licenses at retailers or online.
Since licenses went on sale over the Internet on Wednesday, DOW has sold 2,440.
“We weren’t expecting it to be a huge thing,” Turner said.
Internet sales are convenient for hunters, Turner said, but they aren’t as fast as going to retailers because hunters have to wait to get their carcass tags by mail.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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