Seminars help hunters prepare for 2010 big-game seasons |

Seminars help hunters prepare for 2010 big-game seasons

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COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a series of hunting seminars in Colorado to help big game hunters prepare for the 2010 seasons. 

At the seminars, DOW staff will detail changes in hunting seasons and answer questions about obtaining limited licenses for deer, elk, pronghorn, and other big game species. The information will be helpful especially for newcomers, but also for seasoned veterans looking to maximize their hunting opportunities.

“There are a lot of changes with the new five-year big game season structure recently adopted by the Wildlife Commission,” said Regional Manager Dan Prenzlow. “We want to be sure hunters are aware of these changes so they can increase their chances of drawing the big game license they want.”

Topics to be covered include the new “hybrid” draw system, changes to the preference point fee, the expanded third season for deer and elk, the expanded rifle moose season, the whitetail-only seasons, late pronghorn seasons, landowner draws, and how muzzleloading elk licenses are awarded.

Nearby meeting dates are:

– 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, School Admin Building, 105 Court Street, Buena Vista

– 2-6 p.m., Saturday, March 27, Division of Wildlife Office, 7405 Hwy 50, Salida

 The deadline for submitting limited license applications for the 2010 season is April 6. All deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and many elk hunting licenses are limited. Over-the-counter big game licenses (where available) go on sale July 13 and any limited licenses left over after the draw go on sale Aug. 10. 

After the presentations, wildlife officers will also be available to meet landowners and discuss local wildlife issues. Local library resources and DOW staff are great places to start when planning a hunting or fishing trip.

To learn more about the seminars, call your local DOW office or the Regional Office at (719) 227-5200.

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