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Canon City approves changes to deer hunt to address excess population, protect albino deer

Posted at 3:25 PM, Dec 05, 2018

CANON CITY – On Oct. 3, 2018, the Canon City City Council met with representatives from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) to address the “excessive” deer population in the city and adjacent areas of Fremont County.

On December 3rd, the City Administration announced several changes will be made to how the deer population in the area will be controlled.

As part of the new policy, the DOW will create a new antlerless hunt “List C” code license designated to target urban deer between October 1st and Nov. 30th of each year. This means that does, or female deer will be open to harvest.

The DOW will recommend the normal rifle deer license, which will allow the legal hunting of deer. However, because it is illegal to discharge a gun or air gun within the corporate limits of Canon City, the only legal method of take in Canon City would be by crossbow, recurve, or compound bow.

The proposed hunt boundaries will be within the DOW GMU 581 and GMU 69. The DOW will increase the number of licenses available in these units. Hunting proficiency and minimum age requirements must be met.

In addition to these changes made by the DOW, by ordinance, the City will also require that hunters shoot from an elevated platform and have written or verbal permission from private landowners prior to hunting or dressing on private property.

The new ordinances will also prohibit hunting on private property of less than one acre and “targeting, wounding or killing the rare albino species.”