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Colorado's 3rd Season Plagued by Warm Weather

November 3, 2008.

Colorado's combined rifle and elk seasons continue to be hampered by summer-like weather.

The area I hunted near Idaho Springs offered t-shirt weather up to well over 10,000 feet on sunday. Snow was absent on the highest local peaks, right around 11,000 feet in elevation.

An article in the Steamboat Pilot and Today offered details and theories:

“People are coming in and saying, ‘We’re not seeing deer where we always see deer. We’re not seeing elk where we always see elk,’” Colorado Division of Wildlife Public Information Officer Randy Hampton said....

“It’s been slow in some areas, but what we’ve found is the distribution on animals is very broad,” Hampton said. “Last winter, some were pushed to a severe winter range and didn’t go to their traditional places. We had nine pretty decent winters before last winter, so we had an entire generation of animals out there that had never seen a hard winter.”

A front is supposed to move through midweek, but it still seems like the 3rd and 4th seasons are going to be unseasonably mild.


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