Public meeting on big-game hunting season changes is Tuesday in GJ

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a public meeting Tuesday in Grand Junction to gather input on changes proposed for the 2015-2019 big game hunting seasons.

The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. in the Kokopelli Room of the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Dr.

Similar meetings have been conducted around the state this month as part of the agency’s planning process for the five-year hunting structure.

Major issues being considered include 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 being discussed are the hunting ‘preference point’ system and totally limited elk hunting units as part of this process.

“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 Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The public input process gives stakeholders the chance to comment on some of the major hunting issues.”

This quinquennial review process allows the Parks and Wildlife Commission to consider public input along with information from wildlife biologists and managers to shape the structure of deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, black bear and mountain lion. The five years between reviews allows managers to judge whether and how the changes are working.

“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.

More information, along with a public comment form, is available on the Parks and Wildlife website, cpw.state.co.us.


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