February meetings have a lot of topics

Big-game hunters will get the chance to discuss changes proposed for the 2015-2019 elk and other big game seasons during 16 public meetings.

Hunters get a chance this month to voice opinions about the proposed 2015-2019 big-game hunting regulations.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting 16 public meetings around the state to present changes considered in the five-year season structure, including the number of seasons for each species, the overlap among different seasons, breaks between seasons and the beginning and ending dates of hunting seasons.

Also up for discussion are the preference-point system and totally limited elk hunting units.

“The five-year season structure is designed to provide sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners and communities an opportunity to plan ahead for the upcoming seasons,” said Craig McLaughlin, terrestrial section manager for Parks and Wildlife. “The public input process gives stakeholders the chance to comment on some of the major hunting issues.”

The Grand Junction meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Kokopelli Room in the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

Other Northwest Region meetings are set for Steamboat Springs on Feb. 19, Eagle on Feb. 20 and Meeker on Feb. 24.

A complete schedule of statewide meetings is available on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, cpw.state.co.us. Search for “season structure.”

The commission sets the big-game season structure for hunting deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear and mountain lion every five years.

The review process allows the commission to include public input along with information from wildlife biologists and managers.

“We want to hear from sportsmen and other constituents about how the current hunting-season structure is working for them and how it can be improved,” added Bob Broscheid, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Sportsmen unable to attend any of the meetings can find an official public comment form on the website along with more information about the process and opportunities to get involved.


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