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4 Significant Changes For Colorado Big Game Hunters

The release of Colorado’s Sheep & Goat and Big Game brochures brings the promise and excitement of new hunting seasons. With over-the-counter maps, hunt codes, season dates and fees, the brochures confirm that what we’ve done in the past is still available, aid us in finding new opportunities and help support a strategy to secure a license for the upcoming seasons. Most years, we dive in with purpose, flipping to the sections that we know will help us get the job done (or scrolling if you’re looking at the brochures online). I caution you – do not take that approach this year!

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2019 COLORADO OUTDOORS PREFERENCE POINT ISSUE

If you’re a Colorado big-game hunter, now’s the time to prepare for the 2019 hunting seasons.

Colorado Outdoors, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s conservation magazine, is a valuable planning resource for hunters. The Jan/Feb issue features big-game preference points for deer, elk, pronghorn, bear, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and moose.

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High-altitude Survival

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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

Big Game Hunting – Leftover License Update

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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

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Colorado Big Game Hunters, You Have Post Draw Options

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BGBrochureSmall.jpgFor 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

Get in the Game

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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.

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Wayne D. Lewis is the editor and art director of Colorado Outdoors magazine.

A QUICK GUIDE TO DIFFERENTIATE MULE DEER FROM WHITE-TAILED DEER

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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

Colorado Outdoors Annual ‘Preference Point’ Issue Now Available

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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

Colorado Outdoors September/October Issue Now Available

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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.

To order the September/October issue, back issues or to purchase an annual subscription to Colorado Outdoors magazine, click HERE.

2014 Hunting Guide Now Available!

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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.

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