Feb 24, 2014 7:41 PM by Tony Spehar
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are asking for public input in planning-out big game hunting seasons between 2015 and 2019.
On Monday hunters were browsing the aisles of Bass Pro Shops in Colorado Springs. Experienced hunter Tim Moore spent his day-off walking the aisles with thoughts on the next hunting season.
"Anything I can get a tag for," Moore explained. "I haven't had any good luck in the last couple of years, ever since I started holding out for the big one."
When asked what input he'd have for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Moore came up with a few ideas.
"I would like to see some of these two ram, sheep areas upped a little bit," he said. "Maybe reverse the bow and the gun around occasionally so the gun hunters could maybe have a crack at them first."
Suggestions or criticisms are what Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers want to hear at upcoming public meetings in Pueblo and Walsenburg.
"Every five-years we go through a process of trying to determine the hunting seasons, length and timing of our hunting seasons for the next five-years," described Brian Dreher, a senior wildlife biologist with CPW. "So this meeting is a meeting to try and gather input for the hunting seasons from 2015 to 2019."
Keeping hunters happy is important, hunting brings in nearly $1-billion to Colorado every year. Elk hunting alone brings in more than 3,000 jobs statewide.
"Very valuable part of our economy and it's also very important for management of those species," Dreher said.
Though not all suggestions will result in changes, Tim Moore said he liked the idea of CPW asking for hunter's ideas and hoped they would improve the hunting experience.
"I've heard it said Colorado is the Wal-Mart of elk hunting," he said. "I mean there's not a great big one for everybody, but there's probably one for everybody."
The public meeting about the big game season structure in Pueblo will be held on Feb. 26 at Lake Pueblo State Park Auditorium from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting in Walsenburg will be held on Feb. 28 at Lathrop State Park and will also run from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The public can also offer input here: http://wildlife.state.co.us/HUNTING/BIGGAME/SEASONSTRUCTURE/Pages/SeasonStructure.aspx