CPW Calls For Public Comment On Big Game Hunting License Distribution To Assess Potential Policy Changes – By Hannah Harn

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public input from resident and non-resident big game hunters and stakeholders as they consider policy and regulatory changes. These changes may impact the distribution of big game hunting licenses in the state, and the comments will help the agency and the Parks and Wildlife Commission understand whether current policies need to be revised.

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Those interested in big game hunting can give their opinion via an online questionnaire of 10 questions Big game license distribution public comment form, which will be followed by a survey and public meetings next year. The feedback gathered will help identify high priority topics for CPW to consider over the next year. The submission deadline is November 22, 2021.

Topics under study include licensing of resident and non-resident elk and deer, preference points, weighted points, and over-the-counter elk permits.

CPW offers multiple public participation opportunities to inform its review by fall 2022.

  • February and April 2022 – CPW will investigate hunters and their views on the above topics and organize focus groups to support the development of alternative strategies. The Big Game Attitude Survey will be mailed to randomly selected resident and non-resident hunters. They will also have the option to participate online if they wish.
  • May and June 2022 – CPW will host stakeholder workshops and public meetings, providing opportunities for review and discussion on possible alternative strategies.
  • September and November 2022 – The Parks and Wildlife Commission will review proposed policy and regulatory changes and provide additional opportunities for public comment.

More information can be found on the CPW Big Game Hunting Licensing FAQs or by subscribe to CPW hunting eNews for updated hunting information. For more information on Colorado hunting, visit the CPW Hunt Big Game website or explore the Learn to Hunt Webinar Series.

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