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9/29/2003
Division of Wildlife

DOW SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON BIG-GAME SEASON STRUCTURE

Colorado hunters are invited to weigh in on the shape of the state's next big-game hunting season structure for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and black bear. State wildlife officials encourage anyone interested in helping determine Colorado's wildlife policies between 2005-2009 to send in initial input no later than Oct. 3. Hunters can provide input by writing to the Colorado Wildlife Commission, attending a Commission meeting, or by accessing the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site at http://www.wildlife.state.co.us/hunt/BigGame/FiveYearStructure.asp.

Colorado wildlife officials are inviting hunters to help shape the state's next big-game hunting season structure, which will define how and where game animals can be taken around the state between 2005-2009.

Hunters and others interested in the process can weigh in with suggestions by writing to the Colorado Wildlife Commission, attending a Commission meeting, or by accessing the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) Web site.

State wildlife officials are about to begin the process of developing policies that will guide season setting for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and black bear. The resulting structure will be in place from 2005-2009.

Wildlife officials review and update Colorado's big-game hunting season structure every five years. The goal of the structure is to define:
- The types of hunting opportunities available to the public.
- How those opportunities will be divided among hunters.
- When they will be offered to meet biological management objectives while providing the best recreational benefit for the hunting and non-hunting public.

The Wildlife Commission will consider season structure issues and make decisions between November 2003 and September 2004. Over the next several months, commissioners will define policies that provide broad guidelines that ultimately could lead to new hunting regulations. Next summer, they will finalize strategies that will define the state's big-game hunting season structure for the next five-year period. Commissioners will consider all public input while they are making their decisions.

Colorado's existing season structure will serve as a starting point for the discussion of future policies. The public can access current policies at the DOW Web site.

Initial input on season structure policies should be mailed or e-mailed to the DOW no later than Oct. 3. Input received by that date will be compiled and distributed to DOW managers and the Wildlife Commission. Wildlife officials will consider public feedback in the development of the list of policy issues that will serve as the starting point for policy modification and development. This list of policy issues will be discussed during the Wildlife Commission meeting in November.

The public will continue to receive updates and have opportunities to express their views on the range of policy alternatives up to the final decision point in March 2004. As the process moves forward, the public can continue to provide input through e-mails and letters or by using forms provided on the DOW Web site. Opportunities for input also will be provided through a series of forums and open houses that will begin in January.

The dates and locations of the forums and open houses will be announced to the public at a later date.
 

 

 

 

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