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Colorado wants public input on big game management

Mule Deer

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Wildlife management strategies are constantly evolving in order to come up with the best game plan to produce healthy herds. Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) held a public meeting on Jan. 16 to discuss its new herd management plan for the White River mule deer herd, the Steamboat Pilot & Today reports. This herd migrates within the Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and is considered one of the largest herds within Colorado.

The original plan was first drafted in 1995. Since then, “a lot has changed,” said Meeker Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie. “Chronic wasting disease is affecting this herd, and we’re dealing with significant loss and fragmentation of habitat.”

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“In addition, there is far more outdoor recreation occurring today, and more people means more traffic leading to more dead deer and an increased danger to motorists,” said de Vergie. “Predation is definitely a consideration as is continuing oil and gas exploration. The next plan will need to account for all these dynamics.”

CPW is also in the process of creating a new plan for the Gore Pass elk herd, which resides in southern Routt County and considering changes to how current big game seasons are structured, according to the Steamboat Pilot & Today. These changes would impact deer, elk, moose, antelope and bear seasons.

CPW held a seminar to discuss these changes on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the CPW Steamboat Springs Office. If you’d like to weigh in on these topics, you can submit your comments online here or here. The comment period ends February 13.


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Alex G. - posted 4 months ago on 02-05-2019 02:26:55 pm
Walled Lake, MI

Crucial or not isn’t the argument. I rather eat a wild animal than cattle and farmed animals. That’s my own joy and health concern. I also can tell you stats can be swayed however you want but what you can’t take away is the fact that hunters foot the bill for wildlife and we can categorize anything as a trophy. A doe with no horns is a trophy to me and many others and you can’t change that especially as someone that doesn’t hunt. Your argument is based on your emotion to seeing teddy bears in cartoons and you’re associated with a child’s feelings not reality of life. We eat meat and my kids love animals but also like to eat Bambi and that’s ok. Have a nice day.

ken h. - posted 4 months ago on 02-05-2019 11:00:59 am

Love the anti hunting rant. Hunters have footed the bill for conservation since early 1900's. Most big game animals where quite rare by late 1800's due to unrestrained market hunting. Hunters, hunter donations, regulated hunting seasons, and taxes on firearms have changed that picture. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and state game departments have moved elk back to states where they were effectively extirpated. All other hunting organizations have poured time, money, and sweat into making the North American hunting model the envy of the world. Quit crying and do something productive. There are givers and takers in this world. The anti's are generally takers.

Steven W. - posted 4 months ago on 01-23-2019 01:36:54 pm

I think all game should be managed to where it is going to be here long after us, when it was here long before us. And realize the affect we play on the natural world.

Alex G. - posted 4 months ago on 01-21-2019 07:18:22 pm
Walled Lake, MI

Ya, to the anti trolling here, I like to hunt my own food instead of buy it from the grocery store or just eat plants. Sorry but wearing camo and doing that is a part of life and just remember we are animals. We are in the circle of life just like everything else and we have changed things as we have continued to populate. Hunting is a tradition as much as it is a way to life and eat. You can't force that upon anyone else. If you don't like to eat that or want to live otherwise, you can do that but remember we are going back to our ancient roots and aren't Here impressing anyone. We do however share out pictures of trophies, whether big or small and share food as a tradition just like you would for Thanksgiving. The best part is we pay for conservation and as hunters we want to continue to hunt and preserve it for the long run. If we just killed things, nothing would be around and conservation wouldn't have worked.

John W. - posted 4 months ago on 01-19-2019 03:39:38 am
Pittsburgh, PA

Links for comments on the topics don't seem to be working.

Tim B. - posted 4 months ago on 01-18-2019 06:43:00 pm

I would recommend the decrease with the non-resident tags fees for big game hunting. I have hunted Colorado since 1991. I have paid elk tags fees of $150.00 now they are $661.00. I’m sure there has been a decrease in non residents as they can not afford the expense. The revenue of having 100-200 more non residents hunting in Colorado and not to mention the other expenses during their trip. Or is the idea of raising the fees to keep the non residents from hunting.

Justin F. - posted 4 months ago on 01-18-2019 02:01:45 pm

Probably time for this area to go to a limited draw for bikers and hikers. They'll need to build up their preference points for a chance at the prime hiking and biking areas and dates. They can have an option to buy a point if they're not going to hike or bike in the current year.

Might be a few more people living in Colorado since a couple million. Probably time to update the mgt plan.

Ron J. - posted 4 months ago on 01-18-2019 12:11:53 pm
Denver, CO

Some rumors I overheard from a CO P&R officer at the sportsman expo is that they are going to stop archery season for the week of Muzzy and then restart for one week after. Has anyone else heard anything like this?

Matthew J. - posted 4 months ago on 01-18-2019 11:39:10 am
Littleton, CO

They need to do this in every region in the state. Things are not as great as their marketing dictates