Three other men also face fines for related crimes
A Colorado man has been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in fines after pleading guilty to numerous poaching charges charges.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 59-year-old Melvin Weaver killed three bull elk on the Uncompahgre Plateau west of Montrose last fall, then called friends and told them to come to the location and to use their licenses to claim the animals as their own. In Colorado, hunters can only tag animals that they have shot themselves. Continue reading “Colorado poacher gets big fine after illegal elk killing”→
Park Service says hunters are switching to non-lead ammo
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — First you feed ’em, than you shoot ’em.
That seems to be the theory of game management in Wyoming, where Grand Teton National Park officials announced the Oct. 8 start of the annual elk reduction program mandated by Congress when the park was created in 1950.
The legislation directs Grand Teton NP to jointly develop this annual program with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and for the Governor of Wyoming and Secretary of the Interior Department to approve the plan.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A West Virginia man will pay an $11,500 fine for poaching Colorado wildlife. The fine includes a $10,000 penalty that applies when trophy-quality wildlife is poached — in this case a 6×6 bull elk taken on Devil’s Thumb Ranch property in Tabernash earlier this month.
David Lee Burner, 61, was cited for “hunting on private property without permission” and “illegal possession” of the elk after wildlife officers got a tip from another hunter.
“We first received a tip from a concerned hunter who witnessed a suspected trespassing incident in Devil’s Thumb Ranch,” said Lyle Sidener, area wildlife manager in Hot Sulphur Springs. “After the ranch owners found evidence of trespass on their property, they informed us and then assisted us in the investigation.” Continue reading “Colorado: Elk poacher hit with $11,500 fine”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Upcoming hunter education classes in Grand Junction will cover everything from outdoor survival to an introduction on primitive hunting methods, including archery and black powder firearms, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said, reminding Coloradans that the big game season is just around the corner.
“Hunter education is especially important for anyone anticipating their first hunt, but this class offers many benefits even for people who don’t hunt,” said regional manager Ron Velarde. “The knowledge gained from these classes is very useful for hikers, bikers, campers, anglers or anyone who enjoys the outdoors.”
Pronghorn harvest reaches record number; elk and deer hunters also reported successful seasons
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Antelope hunters in Colorado had a record year in 2010, harvesting more than 12,000 animals during the season, while elk hunters bagged more than 48,000 animals, state wildlife officials said last week in a press release announcing results from the 2010 big game season.
The overarching theme is opportunity, said Colorado Division of Wildlife director Tom Remington.
“Hunters will continue to see great chances to get in the field in Colorado and access our world-renowned herds,” said Remington said.
The recent expansion of access to licenses and lands, helped hunters statewide harvest a record 12,301 pronghorn during the 2010 seasons. That tops the previous record of 10,941, set in 2009.
“We’ve been working with landowners to reduce agricultural damage and increase hunter opportunity,” said Dan Prenzlow, southeast Regional Manager.” The partnership between the Division and landowners paid dividends for sportsmen and we should be able to continue to increase the pronghorn opportunity.” Continue reading “Colorado: Wildlife officials release 2010 hunting stats”→
Youth and vets invited to apply for private-land deer and elk licenses
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Thanks to the generous support of two private landowners, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering hunters the opportunity to hunt deer and elk on private land near Meeker this fall through its hunter outreach program.
The first hunt is a private-land deer hunt for one lucky youth. Applicants for this hunt must be between the ages of 12 and 18. The hunt will take place during the 4th rifle season, which runs Nov. 17 through Nov. 21. Applicants can’t have a 2010 deer license.
The second opportunity is a private land late cow elk hunt. These hunts will take place in late November and December. The hunt is open to any hunters but preference will be given to youth and military veterans. This will be an unguided hunt on the 2,900 acre Berryman property. Hunters selected for this hunt must have a valid late season private land cow elk license for unit 23 or an unfilled youth elk license from an earlier rifle season. Continue reading “Special deer hunting opportunity near Meeker”→
Proper gear needed for high country elk hunt, wildlife officials say
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado Division of Wildlife officers are contacting hunters in the field, urging them to be prepared for wintry weather in the high country after an intensive search for three hunters in the Flattops Wilderness Area ended only after a National Guard helicopter was called in to assist with the search.
“While hunter success increases with snowfall, folks need to have the proper winter gear before heading out to hunt at this time of year,” said Perry Will, area wildlife manager for the Division of Wildlife in Glenwood Springs. “Some of the hunters we are contacting are glad to see the snow because it makes the hunting better,” Will explained. “Those are the hunters who are prepared.” Continue reading “Wintry weather spurs warning to hunters”→