Every year, more than a few hunters must be rescued from the wilds and high country of Colorado. Hunters get trapped by snowstorms, injured in various types of accidents or simply get lost in the woods.
Hunters must remember that altitude can affect their health and their ability to move easily. And in the Rockies, weather can change quickly with fast-moving storms dumping a couple of feet of snow in just a few hours. Read more
Colorado big-game hunter. Photo by © Vic Schendel/CPW.
The official leftover big game limited licenses list for deer, elk, bear and pronghorn is now available on the CPW website. These remaining limited licenses provide hunting access on specific Game Management Units (GMUs) and offer Colorado big-game hunters some great opportunities this big game hunting season. The leftover licenses go on sale Tuesday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m (MDT). NOTE: at 9:00 a.m. licenses will be available for purchase online (CPWshop.com), by phone at 1-800-244-5613 , in person at CPW offices and at license retailers (sporting goods stores, hunting and fishing supply stores, etc.).
There are more than 50,000 big game hunting licenses available on the leftover list this year.
- Bear – more than 4,900 limited licenses available
- Deer – more than 8,400 limited licenses available
- Elk – more than 29,100 limited licenses available
- Pronghorn – more than 7,400 limited licenses available
For many Colorado big-game hunters, June is a time of celebration or sadness. By June 11, the 2018 big game draw results will be final. For successful applicants, the planning process will continue. Summer scouting trips will be planned, valuable shooting range time will be scheduled, and diets and exercise can all be optimized in preparation for exciting fall outdoor adventures. For those that were unsuccessful in the draw, don’t be discouraged. If you have the desire to hunt and a sense of adventure, there is a very good chance that you can acquire a license and be hunting big game in Colorado this fall.
While a successful draw is ideal, there are a number of “Plan B” options that will get you out in the field and provide a great chance for you to put some wild game in your freezer. And developing an alternative to your current big game draw strategy can be a positive experience that exposes you to new areas of this great state and possibly even new methods of hunting. With many opportunities still available, I think it’s best to look at license options on a species by species basis. Read more
A father and son hunting GMU 37. Photo by © Wayne D. Lewis
If Colorado’s big-game seasons were a football game, we’d be halfway through the first quarter. Muzzleloader season just ended (but keep your muzzleloader out for rifle seasons, if you choose) and bowhunting continues until Sept. 25. If you haven’t ventured afield yet, there are still over-the-counter licenses available. Time to get in the game.
Wayne D. Lewis is the editor and art director of Colorado Outdoors magazine.
The mule deer gets its name from its overly large ears. In its scientific classification, Odocoileus hemionus, the species name is Latin for “half-mule.” The white-tailed deer is Odocoileus virginianus — the later part of that title referring to when the species was once known as the “Virginia deer.” If mule deer get their common name from up front, whitetails get theirs from the other end. However, the majority of the time you see more white on the tail end of a mule deer, which has a very large patch of white, only partly covered by a rope-like, white tail with a black tip. Whether the tail is up or down, you can always see plenty of white on the rump of a mule deer. A whitetail, on the other hand, normally covers most of its narrow white patch with a thick, dark tail but raises its tail to alert, or flag, others of danger. To make it an effective defense mechanism, the difference between “calm” and “freaked out” has to be as big as possible. Read more
Spring is right around the corner—time to hang up your camo and forget about hunting until next fall, right? Wrong. For Colorado big-game hunters, the time is now to begin preparing for the upcoming fall hunting seasons.
Colorado Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s magazine, is a valuable planning resource for hunters. The Jan/Feb issue features preference-point data and statewide herd-population estimates to guide big-game hunters in applying for limited big-game licenses. Read more
For more than 75 years, Colorado Outdoors has been the official publication of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the only magazine dedicated to Colorado’s wildlife. Colorado Outdoors offers valuable insight from CPW experts regarding hunting and fishing, endangered species recovery efforts and wildlife management.
The September/October issue of Colorado Outdoors is now available and features a wealth of information for hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. To view the entire contents page for this issue, click here.
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Variety, they say, is “the spice of life.” And for hunters, no other state offers as
much “spice” as Colorado. From upland birds and waterfowl to majestic
big-game animals like elk and bighorn sheep, Colorado’s wild-game species are as
diverse as the Rocky Mountain landscape.
Get the most out of your time in the field this fall by purchasing the 2014 Colorado Outdoors Hunting Guide. This special edition of Colorado Outdoors magazine includes a big-game hunting forecast with statewide population estimates for elk, deer, pronghorn, moose and bear, as well as the inside scoop on all things hunting from CPW wildlife managers and biologists. In addition, this issue features an inside look at Colorado pheasant hunting, provides strategies for hunting turkeys and offers tips for big-game hunters on how to improve shooting accuracy. To view an entire contents page for this issue, click HERE. Annual subscriptions to Colorado Outdoors magazine or individual copies may be purchased by clicking HERE.
The July/August issue of Colorado Outdoors is hot of the press and is packed full of articles for the outdoor enthusiast! Hunters and anglers will learn how to lighten the load when selecting backpacking and camping gear in “To Go Light or Ultralight, That Is The Question.” And big-game hunters can discover the logistical advantages of setting up a separate camp for elk hunts in “Spike Camp.” In addition, “Different Deer” presents the similarities and differences between mule and white-tailed deer — just in time for the fall hunting seasons. Colorado anglers will learn tactics for fly fishing the Rio Grande in “South Fork Rio Grande,” and how birds may be the best fishers of all in “Avian Anglers.” Also featured is “Living With Bears,” a photo essay with tips on safely hiking and camping in bear country. To view the entire contents page and all of the articles included in this issue, click HERE.
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The May/June 2014 issue of Colorado Outdoors magazine is hot of the press, and it features a wealth of information for sportsmen.
Colorado is famous for its abundant elk herds. But did you know that moose herds are bucking national trends and are thriving in the Centennial State? Learn how a growing moose population may lead to expanded hunting opportunites in “Colorado’s New Gold.” In addition, hunters can learn how to smoke game meat in “Smokin’,” and how the localvore movement is creating a renewed interest in hunting in “The Hunting Paradox.” Trout and pike anglers will learn techniques for fishing Stagecoach State Park in “Catching the Spring Stage.” Finally, find out how Colorado’s Wildlife Council has raised public awareness through its innovative “Hug a Hunter/Angler” TV commercials in “Hug a Hunter.”
To see additional stories and to view the entire contents page for this issue, click HERE.
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