Apply online for big-game hunting licenses

Hunters seeking a limited license for the 2013 big-game hunting season can find applications in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2013 big-game brochure.

Deadline for applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear is April 2.

The quickest and most accurate way to apply is online. Of the more than 474,000 applications received in 2012, more than 80 percent of those came via the online system, say CPW officials.

“Applying online means almost no chance for entering an invalid hunt code or making some other simple application errors,” explained Devon Adams, limited license draw coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “There were 22,000 applications last year that came in with errors — less than 100 of them were online applications.”

A seminar to answer any questions about the online system is planned for 6-8 p.m. March 12 at the seed warehouse on the Escalante State Wildlife Area west of Delta.

Mark Richman, district wildlife manager for the Delta area, will explain how to apply online for licenses.

To get to the seed warehouse from Delta, turn west on Fifth Street, also known as G Road, and go 5.2 miles. The warehouse is on the north side of the road in the Escalante State Wildlife Area.

Register at the CPW office in Montrose at 252-6000.

CPW officials said the biggest change this year is the modification to the youth late season elk hunting program.

Originally developed to help address overpopulations of elk on private lands in western Colorado, the drop in many elk herds means the youth late-season hunt is changing.

This year, youth with an unfilled limited cow or either-sex elk license will be able to hunt late seasons in the general area of their original license, but in smaller areas than previously allowed.

“Allowing youth to hunt late seasons has been very popular because the late seasons typically overlap the holiday breaks from school and that makes participation easier,” said Rick Cables, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Given the changes this year to the program, we’ll be looking for other ways to provide additional youth opportunity.”

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt planners are available again this year to help hunters who have application questions or are looking for areas to hunt. Hunt planners can be reached from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 303-291-7526 (303-291-PLAN).


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