Big-Game Baiting Operation Concludes

Big-game baiting operation concludes in Gunnison

CPW_SiteLogoGUNNISON, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has finished its big-game baiting operation in the Gunnison Basin.

Warm weather during the last month has opened up the range for deer and elk, and the animals are moving across the landscape and finding adequate sources of natural food.




The agency started a baiting operation in early January after heavy snows. Deer and elk were able to find natural sources of food, but because much winter range is located along U.S. Highway 50 CPW baited animals with hay and specialized pellets for deer to keep them away from the road.

CPW offers a reminder that areas below 9,500 feet in the basin are closed to wildlife-related recreation such as hunting and antler collecting until May 16. The agency also asks that people stay well away from any deer or elk they see to avoid disturbing the animals. If you see anyone violating the closure or harassing wildlife, please call the CPW office in Gunnison at 970-641-7060.

You can read more about big game and wildlife in the Gunnison Basin at

A video has also been posted that provides an overview of the baiting operation.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 42 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.

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