DOW seeking input on hunting dates at Glenwood Springs meeting |

DOW seeking input on hunting dates at Glenwood Springs meeting

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife is hosting a series of public meetings in northwest Colorado that began Feb. 10 in Meeker.

The meetings are designed for the DOW to gather input on big game hunting season structure for the 2010-14 hunting seasons and are part of the public input process for the agency’s five-year big game season structure.

“Public input is key to this process,” said Bill de Vergie, DOW area wildlife manager for the Meeker area. “We haven’t heard any strong criticisms of the current structure, but we are looking at some adjustments to address the things that have come up over the past five years.”

The Colorado Wildlife Commission sets big game season structures in five-year blocks, which provides consistency for sportsmen, hunting-related businesses and communities. While emergency changes and minor “tweaks” can be made at any time, every five years the Wildlife Commission takes input on major structural issues such as season length and timing, hunting methods and proportion of limited to unlimited licenses.

Several meetings are scheduled around the state.

DOW staff will present general information about the season structure and some possible options of making changes at the meetings. Sportsmen with suggestions or who are seeking more information about the process and proposals are encouraged to attend.

Those who cannot attend one of the meetings in their area can still provide input or monitor the process and get detailed information from the DOW website, http://www.wildlife., under the hunting and big game tabs.

Written comments can be sent electronically to wildlife.bgss@state. or mailed to Big Game Season Structure, Public Involvement Unit, 6060 Broadway, Denver CO 80216.

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