Meeting planned to hear comments on hunting seasons

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting in Grand Junction to hear comments on a five-year plan setting big game hunting seasons in the state.

Kirk Oldham, area wildlife manager for CPW, said Mesa County constitutes a hub for outdoor recreation, including hunting, and the community has a vested interest in setting seasons.

“The big game season structure sets a variety of important hunting-related parameters,” Oldham said. “Folks will have the opportunity to let us know what they think regarding the dates seasons begin and end, the number of seasons for each species, season overlaps and breaks between seasons.”

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Mesa County centralized services building at 200 Spruce St.

“It’s very important that we have a good turnout at this meeting,” Oldham said. “The more input we receive, the better the process will work. It will help us make decisions the public understands and accepts.”

The five-year big game season structure expires at the end of 2019. Once approved in July, the new season structure will go into effect from 2020 through 2024. Prior to approving the new structure, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission also will consider information provided by wildlife managers and biologists.

Other opportunities for public comment on upcoming hunting seasons will include telephone town halls and online forms available on the website located at  https://www.research.net/r/8MQNS3F

“There will be numerous opportunities to weigh in,” said J.T. Romatzke, manager of the CPW Northwest Region. “If you have constructive comments and ideas, this is a great opportunity to let us know. We look forward to a robust process.”