DOW rolls out online big game hunting info
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is rolling out its 2011 big game hunting brochure with changes to help hunters apply for licenses and find information about big game hunting in the state.
Applications for the 2011 fall big game season are due to the Division of Wildlife by Tuesday, April 5.
The new brochure includes easy-to-read tables, a list of new hunt opportunities and a reference page with information about Colorado hunting regulations. Copies of the brochure are available anywhere licenses are sold.
Also new this year is an interactive, online companion version of the brochure with video clips offering hunting pointers and tips on how to apply for licenses through the draw process.
Beyond enhancements to the brochure, DOW continues to improve its customer service efforts.
“We’ve always emphasized customer service,” said Tyler Baskfield, DOW spokesman. “Now we’ve added specialized hunt planners in our call center. We are working hard to make it as easy as possible for resident and non-resident hunters to access Colorado’s world-class hunting resources.”
Another change this year is the requirement that all license applicants purchase a $10 Habitat Stamp before they apply for their first hunting or fishing license of the year.
“Because the Habitat Stamp is required before application, we’re encouraging hunters to buy the stamp online, over the phone or at a license agent in advance of starting the application process,” said Henrietta Turner, who oversees the Division’s license section.
Hunters who use paper applications and apply for multiple licenses must include the $10 stamp fee for each application if they have not previously purchased a stamp for the current year. All but one of these fees will be refunded. By purchasing a Habitat Stamp in advance or using the on-line application process, applicants can avoid extra paperwork and expense.
“About 64 percent of our customers apply online, so they’ll get the stamp automatically if they need it, but for hunters who prefer the traditional paper application, we want to make sure they understand the requirements,” Turner said.
“Another benefit of applying online is that the system prevents you from making some of the more common mistakes.” Turner said on average, 10 percent of paper applications each year contain errors or illegible writing that can result in delays or disqualification from the draw process.
A lifetime Habitat Stamp is available for $200 prior to March 31. Beginning April 1 the lifetime Habitat Stamp will increase in cost to $300.
The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp program was initiated by sportsmen and established by the Colorado legislature in 2005. Proceeds from the Habitat Stamp have helped the division conserve 103,074 acres of wildlife habitat and secure 40,635 acres of new public hunting and fishing access.
Hunters born after Jan. 1, 1949, are also reminded that they must have completed a hunter education course prior to applying for a hunting license in Colorado. Since the hunter education requirement was imposed in 1970, hunting accidents have significantly declined in the state.
Links to the PDF and interactive versions of the 2011 Colorado Big Game brochure are found at wildlife.state.co.us in the “Plan Your Big Game Hunt Now” section.
For a complete list of upcoming hunter education classes, visit wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/HunterEducation/CourseCalendar/.
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