Deadline for Sky Mountain hunting lottery March 18 |

Deadline for Sky Mountain hunting lottery March 18

Staff report

A portion of Sky Mountain Park will again be open to limited hunting in the fall, but a lottery to choose five participating hunters will take place Friday.

The hunt, for cow elk only, will again take place during the fourth season of Nov. 16 through 20. To qualify, hunters must have a Colorado hunting license and a tag allowing them to hunt for a cow elk in the fourth season in Colorado Game Management Unit 43.

Last year, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails conducted the lottery to choose hunters in July — too late for many interested participants to obtain the proper tag.

“We’re holding the lottery in March so anyone whose name is drawn can put in for a fourth-season tag in Unit 43 and be ready to go,” said Gary Tennenbaum, assistant director of Open Space and Trails.

This will be the third year a limited hunt has taken place at Sky Mountain Park in an effort to manage the elk population that uses the open space as both winter habitat and a migration corridor. Last fall, three of the five hunters on the property were successful in bringing down a cow elk.

To enter the lottery, prospective hunters must provide their name, mailing address and date of birth by noon Friday. Information should be emailed to

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