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Nature & Wildlife
2014 September
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
required. Additionally, being sure of your target
can help prevent serious accidents and lessen
the possibility of shooting the wrong animal.
To access the 2014 Colorado Big game Bro-
chure, go to: www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/
RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf
To access the Regional Hunt Guides, go to:
www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Big-
GameHuntGuides.aspx
To access the 2014 State Recreational Land Bro-
chure, go to: www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/
RulesRegs/Brochure/lands.pdf
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wild-
life go to: cpw.state.co.us
Small Game Seasons Open
Labor Day Marked The Opening
Of Colorado Small Game Seasons
Colorado Parks & Wildlife encourages taking part
in any of the small game and waterfowl hunt-
ing opportunities that kicked off September 1
throughout the state.
CPW resources for both new and veteran hunt-
ers ensure that whether you are on the look out
for doves, grouse or geese, the experience in
the outdoors will be enjoyable. Find out more at:
cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/SmallGame.
aspx
Colorado has over 23 million acres of public
lands, including U.S. National Forest and Bureau
of Land Management lands. Check out the op-
tions at: cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/
Brochure/lands.pdf and: cpw.state.co.us/Docu-
ments/RulesRegs/Brochure/WalkInAtlas.pdf
Interested hunters need a current and valid
photo ID, proof of residency and social security
number, and a Hunter Education card, unless the
hunter is born before Jan. 1, 1949, to purchase a
license.
Licenses can also be purchased on-line at: www.
co.wildlifelicense.com/start.php, or by phone
1.800.244.5613.
Small game hunters are required to have a new
Harvest Information Program number. Go to the
HIP website or call 1.866.COLOHIP(265.6447) to
begin the online registration process to obtain a
new HIP number.
To sign up for a Hunter Education course go to:
cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HE-Courses.aspx. To
request a HE Card go to: cpw.state.co.us/learn/
Pages/HE-CardReplacement.aspx
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state
parks, Colorado¡¯s wildlife, more than 300 state
wildlife areas and a host of recreational pro-
grams.
Be Bear Aware
is the ¡®Elk Hunting University¡¯, which guides
the novice through the license purchasing
process and provides information on how to
hunt elk.
Robbins adds that before heading to your
preferred camping area, check with local
land managers to be sure there are no last
minute closures that may affect hunting
plans.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunt-
ers that safety is the primary consideration.
Dressing for the elements, carrying survival
supplies, water, hunting with a buddy and
letting someone know about your plans are
critical tips for safety in the field.
Wildlife officials remind hunters to follow
all hunting rules and regulations, including
wearing at least 500 square inches of solid,
daylight fluorescent orange above the waist.
A fluorescent orange head-covering is also
Gold Medal On The Arkansas:
Can I Still Fish Here?
Earlier this year the upper Arkansas River was
designated Colorado¡¯s newest addition to the
statewide list of Gold Medal Trout Waters. For
many years prior to the designation anglers have
enjoyed excellent fishing. But since the official
designation anglers are asking ¡°does this change
how I fish here?¡±
No fishing regulations were changed when the
river was designated Gold Medal. Designating
waters as Gold Medal does not automatically
place them under restrictive regulations, but an-
glers do need to be aware of previous regulations
on some upper sections of the river.
The Gold Medal reach is 102 miles long and
stretches from the confluence with the Lake Fork
of the Arkansas River, near Leadville, down-
stream to Parkdale at the Highway 50 bridge
crossing above the Royal Gorge.
¡°Regulations are often used as a tool to help
maintain quality in a fishery but they are not
automatically applied if they are not necessary,
as is the case of the Arkansas River,¡± said Greg
Policky, aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and
Wildlife in Salida.
The upper Arkansas River was designated Gold
Medal status because of improved water quality,
flow management and fish abundance. In 2012,
an angler survey ranked the Arkansas River as
the favorite fishing destination for residents of
Colorado; and even though thousands of anglers
are casting into the water each year the fish
population remains healthy.
¡°Our current regulations are sufficient to main-
tain the quality of the fishery,¡± said Doug Kreiger,
senior aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and
Wildlife. ¡°In fact, a recent angler survey shows
that more than 95 percent of trout caught on the
river are released voluntarily.¡±
Standard statewide regulations regarding bag
and possession limits apply to most of the river.
However, there are some special regulations for
the very upper reaches in the Hayden Meadows
area and for a seven-mile reach below Salida.
An Abundance Of Trout
Leftover Licenses Still Available For
Pronghorn, Elk, Bear, Deer And Turkey
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that,
as of August 14, there were still approximately
20,000 leftover big-game and turkey licenses are
available, giving hunters plenty of opportunity
to harvest a variety of species and to put fresh,
healthy wild game meat on the table.
Over-the-counter elk licenses are also now avail-
able. Hunters are reminded that they can pick up
a list of available leftover licenses at the nearest
CPW office, a license agent or online at: cpw.
state.co.us.
Available leftover licenses include pronghorn, elk,
bear, deer and turkey, species that can be hunted
across the state on over 23 million acres of
public lands, including U.S. National Forest and
Bureau of Land Management lands.
¡°Colorado remains a hunting destination,¡± said
Public Information Officer Matt Robbins. ¡°One of
the best features of hunting in Colorado is the
unlimited number of over-the-counter elk licens-
es available in addition to the opportunity to hunt
in some of the most scenic areas in the country.¡±
Robbins adds that Colorado has the largest elk
herds in North America, making the state a
prime hunting destination for sportsmen and
women from across the country and the world.
Wildlife officials remind the public that the CPW
website offers a wide variety of information, in-
cluding access to hunting brochures and regional
hunt guides.
One of the more popular features of the website
Get Your Big Game Licenses
Bears On The Move, Looking For Food
As Fall Approaches
While humans are basking in the heat of mid-
summer, bears know that fall is approaching and
they are starting to prepare for their long winter
nap. That means bears are now constantly on
the move looking for food, and many are finding
their way into towns and residential areas.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people
throughout Colorado to take precautions to pre-
vent conflicts with bears.
In the last few weeks there have been numer-
ous reports of bear conflicts all over the state.
In Aspen, a woman was injured by a bear that
had been in an alley dumpster. In Crawford, a
sow and her two cubs were rummaging in gar-
bage in mid July, but a week later the sow dis-
appeared and the two cubs had to be captured
and taken to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife reha-
bilitation facility. Bears have broken into numer-
ous vehicles and cabins in the northeast part
of the state, and they¡¯ve taken aim at chicken
pens in areas around Nucla, Naturita, Delta and
Montrose. Bears are also making regular visits
to residential areas in the Grand Junction area.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say that
food attractants made available by people are
the cause of most of the conflicts
¡°Overall, natural food sources that bears rely on
look good,¡± said J Wenum, area wildlife man-
ager, in the Gunnison area. ¡°But bears are also
entering the stage of hyperphagia when they
need to eat up to 20,000 calories a day to get
ready for hibernation. People need to be es-
pecially cautious with their garbage and food
attractants.¡±
Giving bears easy access to food allows them
to become comfortable in an area. If they find
food they can become aggressive and will act to
defend it. A bear protecting its food source can
be very dangerous.
¡°Don¡¯t ever let bears get comfortable in your
neighborhood or around your house,¡± Wenum
said.
People who keep chickens need to take precau-
tions to protect their livestock, said Renzo Del-
Piccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose.
¡°The best thing they can do is put up an electric
fence,¡± said DelPiccolo. ¡°Electric fences are an
excellent deterrent and work very well.¡±
Other small livestock such as goats, sheep and
miniature horses also should be kept inside an
electric fence or full enclosure. At night those
animals should be brought into a secure build-
ing.
The following are tips from Colorado Parks and
Wildlife on simple precautions people can take
to avoid conflicts with bears:
* Keep garbage in a well-secured location; and
only put out garbage on the morning of pickup.
* Use a bear-resistant trash can.
* Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them
odor free.
* If you don¡¯t have secure storage, put items
that might become smelly into the freezer until
trash day.
* If you use a dumpster, make sure that it can¡¯t
be opened by a bear.
* Don¡¯t leave pet food outside.
* Bird feeders should be brought in at this time
of year; birds don¡¯t need to be fed during the
summer.
* If you have bird feeders: clean up beneath
them daily, bring them in at night, and hang
them high so that they¡¯re completely inaccessible
to bears.
* Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to
the scent of rotting food -- and they¡¯ll eat any-
thing.
* Allow grills to run for a couple of minutes after
cooking to burn off grease and to eliminate
odors. Clean the grill after each use.
* Clean-up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or
on the deck. Don¡¯t allow food odors to linger.
* If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets
too ripe. Don¡¯t allow fruit to rot on the ground.
Electric fences provide good protections for small
orchards.
* Keep garage doors closed.
* Keep the bottom floor windows of your house
closed when you¡¯re not at home, and at night.
* Keep doors locked, especially if your home has
door handles that bears can push down easily.
* If you see a bear in your neighborhood make
it feel unwelcome by making noise. But stay at a
safe distance and never approach the animal.
* Do not keep food in your vehicle; lock vehicle
doors.
* Talk to your neighbors and kids about being
bear aware.
For more information, go to the ¡®Living with Wild-
life¡¯ section on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife
website: cpw.state.co.us
If you want to talk to a wildlife officer about bear
issues, please call your local CPW office.
For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife
go to: cpw.state.co.us