Hunters can weigh in on big-game seasons
Hunters from the Roaring Fork Valley are being urged to attend a meeting in Eagle on Thursday to weigh in on several issues regarding big-game seasons from 2015 through 2019.
The meeting is open to the public. It will be at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, 0426 Fairgrounds Road, starting at 6 p.m. The meeting in Eagle is the closest to the Aspen area. Meetings also will be held in Meeker and Grand Junction.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants input from sportsmen on the number of seasons for each species, the overlap among different seasons, breaks between seasons and the beginning and ending dates of hunting seasons. The hunting “preference point” system and totally limited elk-hunting units also will be discussed as part of this process, according to the agency.
“The five-year season structure is designed to provide sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners and communities an opportunity to plan ahead for the upcoming seasons,” said Craig McLaughlin, terrestrial section manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The public input process gives stakeholders the chance to comment on some of the major hunting issues.”
Every five years, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets the big-game season structure. This review process allows the commission to consider public input along with information from wildlife biologists and managers to shape the structure of deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear and mountain lion seasons for the next five years.
“We want to hear from sportsmen and other constituents about how the current hunting season structure is working for them and how it can be improved,” said Bob Broscheid, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
During the second half of February, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will hold 16 public meetings around the state. Public meetings are an opportunity for anyone who is interested to meet with agency staff and provide input to be considered in setting hunting season structure for the next five years.
Times and locations of meetings are posted on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website and can be located by going to cpw.state.co.us and searching for “season structure.” An official public comment form is available on the website along with more information on the process and opportunities to get involved.
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