Hunting Seasons Approach, Left Over Licenses Now
The Colorado big game hunting seasons are right around the corner and hunters across the land are beginning to prepare in earnest. From one or two folks to the large groups who come for the hunt, meeting are being held planning the expedition. As likely as not, someone has brought sausage from last year’s game to serve to all and tall-stories are already being told!
The Journal will be posing the latest news along with information Colorado Parks and Wildlife want hunters to be aware of.
Bralee Inman’s Excellent Elk Hunt
LEFTOVER LICENSES STILL AVAILABLE
DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that there are still leftover big-game and turkey licenses are available, giving hunters plenty of opportunity to harvest a variety of species and to put fresh, healthy wild game meat on the table.
Over-the-counter elk licenses are also now available. Hunters are reminded that they can pick up a list of available leftover licenses at the nearest CPW office, a license agent or online at cpw.state.co.us.
“Colorado remains a hunting destination,” said Public Information Officer Matt Robbins. “One of the best features of hunting in Colorado is the unlimited number of over-the-counter elk licenses available in addition to the opportunity to hunt in some of the most scenic areas in the country.”
Robbins adds that Colorado has the largest elk herds in North America, making the state a prime hunting destination for sportsmen and women from across the country and the world.
Get involved with Pagosa Country’s Hunter Hospitality
Big Game Hunter’s Radio Show
Tune in Thursday and Friday at noon for the “Pre Season Big Game Hunter’s Radio Show” and every night for the first five days of each season for “The Big Game Hunter’s Radio Show.” One hour of “real time” hunter news including interviews with hunters, hunting talk with Dick Ray and Larry Fisher, current weather and “going home” weather, sport and racing news, hunter’s contest news, all pertinent hunter’s information and our own music created just for our big game hunters.
Listen on KWUF.com.
The Big Game Hunter’s Show… 7:00PM the first five days of each season.
Pagosa.com will be putting photos on the internet site of successful hunters so friends and family can see their happy hunter. Norm will be taking photos as he travels the San Juan visiting hunter’s camps. Hunters can also have the photo taken at The Buck Stop Game Processor eight miles west of Pagosa Springs and at The Ski & Bow Rack on the east end of Pagosa Springs. Photos will be put on the site the next day.
Hunter’s Welcome Wagon
Once again Norm Vance will be traveling the highways and byways of the San Juan area visiting hunter’s camps with extra trash bags and all of our events and information. Watch for Norm on his big blue Suzuki off-road motorcycle.
Hunter’s Contest For Each Season
Dirtiest Hunter in the San Juan Contest
Free passes to The Springs Resort Hot Springs Baths for hunters found beyond dirty. Disclaimer; Please find a lake, pond or stream and take the top layer off before coming to town for the bath!
Best Camp Contest
Norm is looking for the best camp for each season. These can range from camps with big RVs to “canvas castles.” Norm is looking for friendly, clean and well designed camps with a close eye on hunters doing a good job with trash.
Best Camp Cook Contest
Yum Yum! Hunters like to eat well and so does Norm!!! Offer Norm a sample of your best dish or a left over tid bit from last night’s meal and your camp cook will be entered in the “Best Camp Cook Contest.”
Help Keep Our Forest Clean and Green Contest
Hunters “caught” by Norm doing a good job with trash in camp, at hunter’s dump sites or along the roads will be presented with a prize.
Pagosa.com will be posting hunting information up to and including the rifle seasons. Check here often for the latest from the early seasons.
The Big Game Rifle Seasons in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado will be starting in October. All of Pagosa Country and Pagosa.com / KWUF Radio will be welcoming hunters with our Big Game Hunter’s Hospitality Event. This year the hospitality event will be offering our usual series of exciting and fun offerings. All hunters are invited to take part in the “extras” Pagosa has for its hunters.
Once again Pagosa.com editor, Norm Vance, will be traveling along the highways and byways of Pagosa Country interviewing and entertaining hunters.
Big Game Regional Hunt Guides
Regional hunt guides are produced annually and contain valuable information for planning a big game hunt. Updated guides typically arrive around July 1. These booklets provide harvest statistics, herd estimates, directories and some great hunting tips. Hunters will also find useful information on terrain and weather for the units.
The guides include important phone numbers and websites for state and federal offices, guides and outfitters, and road and weather conditions. Plus, there’s important information about how to prepare in case of an emergency.
A limited number are printed annually. To meet the growing demand, Colorado Parks and Wildlife makes the guides available on the Internet.
Wildlife officials remind the public that the CPW website offers a wide variety of information, including access to hunting brochures and regional hunt guides.
One of the more popular features of the website is ‘Elk Hunting University’, which guides the novice through the license purchasing process and provides information on how to hunt elk.
Robbins adds that before heading to your preferred camping area, check with local land managers to be sure there are no last minute closures that may affect hunting plans.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that safety is the primary consideration. Dressing for the elements, carrying survival supplies, water, hunting with a buddy and letting someone know about your plans are critical tips for safety in the field.
Wildlife officials remind hunters to follow all hunting rules and regulations, including wearing at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange above the waist. A fluorescent orange head-covering is also required. Additionally, being sure of your target can help prevent serious accidents and lessen the possibility of shooting the wrong animal.