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Information resources available to hunters

Hunters looking for information to help with their big game adventure will find plenty of helpful material on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, http://wildlife.state.co.us.

The information includes how to apply for a license, where to hunt, tips for hunting elk, detailed maps, how to field dress a big game animal and much more.

A popular feature is “Elk Hunting University.” Jim Bulger, hunter outreach coordinator, has worked with hunters, huntmasters, biologists and field officers to compile a series of articles that address details on how to hunt elk. Article topics include: scouting, using maps, ballistics, how to select a hunting area, archery hunting, etc. See: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/ElkHuntingUniversity.

“We’re providing hunters with helpful information that will make their hunts more enjoyable and productive,” Bulger said. “These articles are not just aimed at novices, even veteran hunters will benefit from these.”

Also available on the web site are hunting guides for each of the agency’s four regions: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest and Southwest. Available as PDFs on the website and in printed booklet form, the guides provide statistics, game management unit descriptions and hunting tips.

The website also offers statistical tables that provide complete harvest details for all big game species, including method of take and a season-by-season break down.

Hunters can also check if they’ve drawn a license and look at preference points tables for each GMU and season.

Detailed maps are provided by the agency’s geographic information system known as the Natural Diversity Information Source. These maps show habitat areas and migration corridors in a detailed topographic format. Go to: http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/.

Also on the web site: hunting regulations, the big game brochure, explanations of Ranching for Wildlife, leftover license information, information about all Colorado hunting opportunities, description of various species, and much more.

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