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Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks public input on big game season structure for 2020-2024

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input on the big game season structure, including season length and timing, as well as archery hunting strategies.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission sets big game season structures in five-year increments, providing consistency for sportsmen, hunting-related businesses, landowners and communities. Colorado's big game hunting seasons are used to manage the state's big game species such as deer, elk, pronghorn, moose and black bear.

The public comment form specifically asks for input on issues including season length and timing, overlap among different seasons and breaks between seasons and the start and ending dates of seasons. The survey also asks for feedback on youth hunting, safety concerns and archery hunting strategies. Public comment will be accepted through Feb. 4.

'Interest in our hunting'

"It's important to get public input and hear ideas from hunters and the communities that have an interest in our hunting seasons," said Andy Holland, Colorado and Wildlife big game manager. "Big game season structure is about designing hunting seasons that provide a broad range of hunting experiences and manage big game populations to Herd Management Plan objectives."

Public input

Several public meetings will be held in early 2019 for interested parties to share information and comments.

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The public comment form is now available online at cpw.state.co.us and seeks public input on the structure of the state's big game hunting seasons for 2020 through 2024.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife carefully considers the public's comments when making changes to the season structure. A summary of public input will be presented to the commission in March for final recommendations and adoption by the commission in July or September 2019.

Colorado's 2017 big game hunting seasons generated over $840 million, according to the 2017 Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado report.

To learn more about Colorado's big game season structure process and timeline, visit cpw.state.co.us.