Wild Colorado: Fishing licenses on sale now
Summit Daily News
The new fishing season begins on April 1 and licenses for the 2011 season are on sale now at licensed agents, Division of Wildlife offices, online and by phone.
A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older who fishes in Colorado. An annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for nonresidents. Seniors 64 and older who are residents of Colorado can purchase an annual fishing license for $1. The Division also offers five-day and one-day fishing licenses for anglers who are going on a shorter outing.
Those purchasing a Colorado fishing or hunting license must also purchase a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp. The stamp is $10. Since state lawmakers approved the stamp in 2005, funds from the program have helped conserve more than 90,000 acres and opened more than 16 miles of new fishing access for anglers.
The theme is “opportunity” for hunters in the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s 2010 big game hunting season results that were recently released.
The largest harvest result was the record-setting harvest of pronghorn, as access to licenses and lands has expanded. The 2010 season saw 12,301 pronghorn harvested, topping the previous record of 10,941 set in 2009.
Partnerships between the Division and landowners should continue to increase the pronghorn opportunity, Division staff said.
Elk hunting drew more than 214,000 sportsmen last fall, and had a 22 percent success rate of 48,018 elk. Bull elk harvest remains available in both the limited seasons and the over-the-counter seasons with the harvest split almost equally between the two license types. Colorado is the only state to offer an unlimited, over-the-counter bull elk tag during the second and third rifle seasons, a press release said.
Opportunities for mule deer hunting continue to rise, with a 2010 harvest of 34,768 up slightly from last year’s 33,922. Deer hunting success was more than 50 percent during the rifle seasons.
“From a management perspective we see no reason – outside of severe weather in the future – that Colorado’s deer herd can’t continue to provide great hunting opportunity for years to come,” said Andy Holland, statewide big game manager.
Colorado has an estimated 460,650 deer, 214,536 elk and 76,710 pronghorn. With more than 23 million acres of public land, the state draws hundreds of thousands of hunters every fall, contributing more than $300 million into the Colorado economy.
Harvest estimates are based on phone and online surveys, not mandatory hunter reports. Statistics are validated and audits show the process is largely accurate, the press release said.
Find more 2010 harvest statistics online at http://wildlife.state.co.us.
The annual Colorado fishing brochure has been overhauled and now features full-color graphics and detailed watershed maps that indicate angler access and where special regulations apply.
A new photo guide to Colorado sport fish is next to a user-friendly reference on statewide possession limits.
The larger-sized brochure also includes a list of Gold Medal waters and state fishing records, as well as tips on where to fly fish, ice fish, fish with children, catch big bass and more. There’s also more organized information on aquatic nuisance species such as zebra and quagga mussels and rusty crayfish, as well as how to clean waders and gear to help stop the spread of such species.
“We took a hard look at how we could make the information more organized, dynamic and interesting for anglers,” said Amy Nickelson, brochure editor for the Division. “By doing so, we have created a tool for anglers to help them understand the regulations and have enjoyable and successful fishing trips.”
Copies of the 2011 Colorado Fishing brochure are available where fishing licenses are sold, or online at http://wildlife.state.co.us.
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