Attempting to collect shed antlers in Western Colorado before April 30 could lead to fines
Antlered animals are shedding the old and preparing for new growth, however, collecting shed antlers is restricted on all public lands west of U.S. Interstate 25 through April 30, with additional restrictions in the Gunnison Basin.
“Anyone caught in possession of or collecting sheds illegally during this time — including shed horns and antlers and horns naturally attached to a skull plate — will face fines if they ignore the law,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials wrote in a news release on Wednesday.
Restrictions do not apply to private lands, but CPW officials remind residents and visitors that trespassing laws are always in effect.
The CPW Commission approved the annual restrictions in 2018; they were implemented to protect wintering wildlife from severe and constant stress from human activity, primarily shed collectors.
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