No changes for small-game license

The small-game license year in Colorado will remain Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 following the Wildlife Commission decision to end consideration to change the license year to April 1 through March 31.

Four commissioners voted for the change and four voted against it at a meeting in Las Animas Sept. 13 and 14. A tie vote effectively means a motion is rejected since a majority is needed for approval.

The proposal, which aimed to keep small game and waterfowl hunters from having to purchase a new license in the middle of the hunting season and from having to register twice per season for the Harvest Information Program, had been under consideration since 1997.

Bird hunters gain 100,000 acres

Bird hunters who participate in Colorado’s new “Walk-in Access Program” have 100,000 acres of new opportunities on the state’s Eastern Plains this year.

The Walk-in Access Program is a combined effort of the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Eastern Plains landowners, local chambers of commerce, charity groups and conservation organizations to open up private land for public hunting and financially benefiting the landowner.

Property enrolled in the program is clearly marked with “Walk-in Access” signs and locations will be published in a “Walk-in Program Atlas” available to participants after Oct. 25, 2001.

To participate, hunters will need to purchase a $20 Colorado Division of Wildlife access stamp.

Diseased elk found in San Luis Valley

DEL NORTE Division of Wildlife officers will remove a small number of deer and elk from the area around an alternative livestock ranch near Del Norte in the San Luis Valley after a captive elk raised at the game ranch was found to have chronic wasting disease.

“Chronic wasting disease has never been found in wild herds anywhere in southern or western Colorado and we don’t expect to find it in the small number of deer and elk living near the facility,” said Division veterinarian Mike Miller in a press release.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture recently said that elk with CWD had been found at game ranches near Del Norte and Longmont. The Agriculture Department quarantined both ranches as well as a third ranch in Stoneham in northeastern Colorado that had shipped animals to the Del Norte facility.

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