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Opportunity for area bow hunters

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting applications for several limited access hunts on land administered by the DOW, Bureau of Reclamation and Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association.

The DOW is allowing Grand Valley bow hunters to hunt deer in “special areas,” while also aiding the DOW in limiting habitat damage caused by game. Property and hunting access for these special hunts at the Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area, Grand Junction Wildlife Area and the Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area will be granted only to a limited group of bow hunters.

Hunters applying for the first three special access permits must already have an archery deer license in the proper game management unit ” unit 40 for Grand Junction Wildlife Area, or unit 41 for Bishop and Orchard Mesa.

Two additional hunts will be allowed during the regular rifle season to hunters holding valid rifle tags in the proper unit who are willing to hunt these properties using only archery equipment.

Applications and a copy of hunting rules are available at the DOW Northwest Region Office located at 711 Independent Ave. in Grand Junction. Deadline for the return of the applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1. A random draw for the limited number of access permits will be held on Aug. 4. Only a limited number of permits are available, and hunting dates are limited to allow only one hunter per week on the properties.

The limited nature of these access permits will assure a unique hunting opportunity, but hunters must adhere to the very specific rules for these specific hunts.

Hunting outside of the special access areas will not be affected by the special hunts, according to the DOW. Hunting regulations for areas outside of the special access areas can be found in the DOW’s 2008 Big Game brochure or online at http://www.wildlife.state.co.us.

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