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Big changes in store for elk hunters

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GUNNISON – Those who travel to the Gunnison area for elk-hunting season will see significant regulation and license changes for the 2010 big game seasons. Archery hunters and second-season rifle hunters will be most affected by changes to license allocation and should plan carefully before arriving to the Gunnison area this fall.

“We want to make sure hunters accustomed to purchasing over-the-counter elk licenses are aware of these changes well before the start of the seasons,” said J. Wenum, Division of Wildlife manager. “We don’t want hunters showing up here realizing they cannot purchase licenses or that licenses have been sold out.”

Beginning this year, archery hunters can no longer purchase over-the-counter licenses for Game Management Units 54, 55 and 551. All Gunnison archery licenses are allocated by the limited drawing only for the 2010 season. Bow hunters must participate in the spring drawing and have applications submitted prior to the April 6 deadline to obtain licenses for these units.   

In addition, the Division of Wildlife is planning to reduce archery elk licenses by 30-50 percent for the upcoming season based on guidance already given by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. Second-season rifle hunters will also see a change in license allocation in Unit 54. Similar to previous years, hunters may purchase over-the-counter elk licenses, but licenses will be capped and limited in quantity. Licenses are sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 13 at statewide DOW offices and license agents, and online on the DOW website.

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