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By Manda Walters
Special to The SUN
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that there were still nearly 20,000 leftover big-game licenses and less than 15 fall turkey licenses available as of yesterday morning (Wednesday, Aug. 20), giving hunters plenty of opportunity to harvest a variety of species and to put fresh, healthy wild game meat on the table.
Over-the-counter elk licenses are also now available. Hunters are reminded that they can pick up a list of available leftover licenses at the nearest CPW office, a license agent or online at cpw.state.co.us.
Available leftover licenses include pronghorn, elk, bear, deer and turkey, species that can be hunted across the state on over 23 million acres of public lands, including U.S. National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands.
“Colorado remains a hunting destination,” said public information officer Matt Robbins. “One of the best features of hunting in Colorado is the unlimited number of over-the-counter elk licenses available in addition to the opportunity to hunt in some of the most scenic areas in the country.”
Robbins adds that Colorado has the largest elk herds in North America, making the state a prime hunting destination for sportsmen and women from across the country and the world.
Wildlife officials remind the public that the CPW website offers a wide variety of information, including access to hunting brochures and regional hunt guides.
One of the more popular features of the website is “Elk Hunting University,” which guides the novice through the license purchasing process and provides information on how to hunt elk.
Robbins adds that, before heading to your preferred camping area, check with local land managers to be sure there are no last-minute closures that may affect hunting plans.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that safety is the primary consideration. Dressing for the elements, carrying survival supplies, water, hunting with a buddy and letting someone know about your plans are critical tips for safety in the field.
To access the 2014 Colorado Big game Brochure, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf.