Take advantage of chance to acquire big-game licenses at local retailers

Don’t turn your back on the opportunity to purchase a leftover big-game license starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, approximately 37,000 elk licenses, 7,300 deer licenses and 7,200 pronghorn licenses will be available.

If you missed out on that much-desired big-game license during the earlier limited-draw cycle, you’ll get a another chance starting Tuesday when thousands of leftover licenses go on sale.

In addition to the approximately 37,000 elk licenses, 7,300 deer licenses and 7,200 pronghorn licenses that will be available, more than 120 leftover fall turkey licenses also will be offered.

Sales begin at 9 a.m. at Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and license retailers statewide.

Because this sale is so popular and each year results in one of the agency’s biggest one-on-one license sales days, you can be prepared by heeding several hints from the agency:

Go online (wildlife.state.co.us) to find locations of Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices and retail agents offering licenses;

Check the list of available licenses and be ready when you reach the sales desk;

And if you are buying a license for another person, bring that person’s driver’s license, hunter education card and Social Security number (required under state law);

Also remember that hunters seeking private-land-only licenses must obtain permission from landowners before they can hunt on private land.

“In the past, we had people camping out at our offices to get the first spots in line,” said Henrietta Turner, wildlife license administration manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Things are less crowded since people can now go to sporting goods stores and other license agents or buy licenses over the phone.”

Early support grows for new chief: So what kind of a leader is Rick Cables proving to be?

Admittedly it’s still very early in his tenure, but the first director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (the agency tentatively has dropped any reference to “division” in its name) already has gained a reputation as a dynamic leader willing to delegate authority where it’s needed.

“He’s been out around the state, meeting people from Durango to Steamboat,” said one agency employee. “I think the morale is higher now than it’s been for years.”

Discussions on morale can be slippery as a watermelon seed, squirting here and there depending on who is doing the viewing.

While it’s understandable there is some excitement regarding a new leader bursting with enthusiasm, there also is the nagging dilemma of what final structure the merger transition team will sculpt.

A recently quoted report about the merger from the Wildlife Management Institute urged, in part, “Senior leaders should make it a priority to visit the field as often as possible and ensure consistent messages and standards are being conveyed.”

Also, said the WMI, “Agency leaders will need to demonstrate equal commitment to the parks and wildlife programs…”

The latter isn’t going to be easy for senior employees who in many cases have spent decades executing their jobs. Nor is it going to be easy for a public with nearly 40 years of seeing the two agencies as separate entities with separate missions.

Cables’ undertaking — this from one who has watched closely both agencies for nearly four decades — is a delicate balancing act of establishing his office along with making sure to enroll the support and dedication of those who spent their careers fulfilling a singular mission.

Again, from the WMI: “If the merger is properly managed, the added diversity of the new division can stimulate new thinking and creativity.”

And simultaneously prevent that slippery seed of morale from squirting under the table.

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