Part 2 of Elk Camp Colorado is a good starting point for hunters to begin planning a hunt. Included are directions for scouting the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website and other resources for selecting a hunting location.
Filmed in high-definition and recorded in digital audio, the video introduces viewers to "must-have" information for big game hunters.
Part 1 of the Elk Camp Colorado series and more hunting videos can be found on the Videos page.
Limited License Draw Results
This year's limited license application deadline (always the first Tuesday in April) has past. Over-the-counter elk licenses, valid in a large portion of the state, will go on sale July 9
Hunters can see if they drew their license using the draw results and preference point system. Sheep results will be available beginning of May; bear, moose and deer in mid-May, and pronghorn and elk end of May.
The draw may have past, but there is still plenty to do before the seasons arrive. Visit the Plan Your Hunt page, for a checklist that will help you organize your next Colorado big game hunt.
Harvested Tooth-Age Data
Hunters who harvested mule deer bucks in Southwest Colorado, GMU 54 (only), can find the age of their animals and get the 2012 project updates by visiting the Mule Deer Aging Project page
. In 2012, 349 surveys were sent out to GMU 54 buck hunters. Of the 349 surveys, 69 surveys were returned (almost a 20% response rate) that included 45 teeth.
Although 2011 was the final year for the larger mule deer aging project, in 2012 teeth were solicited from buck hunters in GMU 54 because managers in the Gunnison Basin continue to monitor population dynamics following the severe winter of 2007-08.
Mountain lion and bear age data from teeth submitted during mandatory checks is provided online so hunters can look up the age of their harvested animal by seal number. In addition, age data for bull elk and bull moose hunters in game management units (GMUs) 7, 8, 9, 19, 191 and 20 (Larimer County) are available. This is the only way for hunters to find this information. For privacy reasons, hunter’s names are not posted. Hunters who participated in submitting teeth can see results off the Tooth-age Data page.
Late Youth Elk Hunt Changes
Colorado Parks and Wildlife remains committed to efforts to get youth into the field and hunting. The late youth elk seasons have been successful at getting young hunters in the field while helping reduce elk overpopulation in parts of the state.
As elk populations have been brought closer to long-term population objectives, the need for late elk seasons is diminishing. As a result, changes have been made to the late season youth elk hunts to balance youth opportunity with sound biological management.
New for 2013, youths can only hunt the late elk seasons in GMUs that are grouped with the original GMU for which the license was purchased. See the Late Youth Hunts page for details.
Reduce Potential Exposure to Lead in Game MeatMeat Harvested with Lead Ammunition
A recent study in North Dakota has raised concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead associated with eating wild game harvested with lead bullets. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife provide recommendations to minimize exposure to lead in wild game. Read more information and recommendations
Things to Remember
If you bought a license in 2003 or afterwards, your Customer Identification Number (CID) is on the license. If you have a Conservation Certificate (CC), you can still use that number to apply. The number is in the upper right corner of the CC.
- Populations by DAU for deer, elk and pronghorn usually in the January - February issue.
- Preference Point listings for all big game species used to be in the March/April issue, but now will be published in the January - February issue.
- Receive a free Hunting Guide with your Colorado Outdoors subscription
- As required by the Colorado support Enforcement Act, established by HB 97-1205 and implemented through 24-33-110 C.R.S., your Social Security number (SSN) is required to purchase or apply for all hunting and fishing licenses. Your SSN is not shown on your license. It is provided when requested to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Support Enforcement, as required by law and is used to enforce the law.
- Each year the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets in January to make final decisions on possible new regulation changes pertaining to hunting. Hunters need to be aware that new regulations may apply each year. Be sure to check the big game season information brochure for more specific information.
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- For a checklist for organizing your hunt, steps for planning a successful hunt, information on how to buy and apply for a license, and more, see Plan Your Hunt.