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Colorado Seeks Input on Herds Impacted By Harsh Winter
March 18, 2008.
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife:
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will hold a public meeting to discuss deer and elk hunting license numbers for the 2008 hunting season for the Gunnison Basin on March 28 at the Holiday Inn Express in Gunnison.
Two sessions are scheduled: From 10 a.m. to noon wildlife officials will discuss Game Management Units 66 and 67; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., they'll discuss GMUs 54, 55 and 551.
Wildlife managers will present deer and elk population estimates, and discuss license numbers for the upcoming big game season. The information they use to determine these numbers includes the previous season's harvest numbers, post-hunt aerial survey data and estimated winter mortality. Each year wildlife managers strive to meet population and sex ratio objectives established in deer and elk management plans. The harsh winter season and the ongoing feeding operation will be taken into consideration.
Written comments also are welcome. Please send to: Brandon Diamond, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 300 New York Avenue, Gunnison, CO 81230. Written comments must be received by April 4.
The Colorado Wildlife Commission will set license numbers on May 1 at its meeting in Grand Junction. Big game limited license applications are due April 1.