At their meeting this week, Parks and Wildlife Commission members set 2012 big game hunting season dates and approved more than two dozen changes to big game regulations.
The Summit County proposal to open a new mountain goat hunting area in the Tenmile Range has been in the works for a few years. This summer, district wildlife manager Sean Shepherd and his Summit County partner, Shannon Schwab, hopped in a helicopter to do a census of the goat population to help finalize a recommendation for goat management through hunting.
The approved change is to issue five resident mountain goat licenses for the proposed Unit G10, which encompasses the areas of Summit and Lake counties bounded on the north by Interstate 70; on the east by Colorado Highway 9 and Boreas Pass Road; on the south by the Continental Divide; and on the west by Colorado Highway 91 and Interstate 70.
The licenses permit rifle hunting for the designated five on weekdays between mid-September and the end of October, which is consistent with the other three units existing in Summit County. If approved, the revision would be printed in regulation books and brochures, and licenses could be available this fall.