Limited Archery Elk Hunting Licenses Approved | Colorado

After today’s Commission meeting at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s headquarters in Denver, Colorado, some areas may see a relief from the numbers of hunters in the woods.

I traveled up here to speak on behalf of the elk in our unit (E31) as the populations have been in severe decline for quite some time. While CPW has been doing studies to find key causes of population loss, we needed to do something now.

A rulemaking notice on the agenda for this meeting requested a motion be made, “Creating limited, sex-specific (limited bull/limited cow) licenses for archery elk hunting in E-16, E-24, E-30, and E-31.”

These areas are more specifically defined as:

  • E16 – Frying Pan River (Game Management Units 44, 45, 47, and 444)
  • E24 – Disappointment Creek (Game Management Units 70, 71, 711, 72, and 73)
  • E30 – Hermosa (Game Management Units 74 and 741)
  • E31 – San Juan Basin (Game Management Units 75, 751, 77, 771, and 78)

After lengthy discussion and public comment, a Commission member presented a motion which subsequently seconded then passed unanimously via a roll-call vote.

What that means is that the area managers now have the authority to either limit cow tags, limit bull tags, or both. During public comment, the suggestion to put a cap on the number of archery elk hunting licenses came about. The Outfitters Association also recommended that these tags be sold as limited tags, which would be drawn in conjunction with all other elk hunting licenses so that the outfitter’s clients will be able to book hunts as usual.

I will post an update on what is ultimately decided in Elk Management Areas E30 and E31. If I receive information regarding E16 and E24 I will of course share those as well.


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