The proposed deer management plans for the Gunnison Basin will be discussed for the first time before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at its December meeting in Colorado Springs.
It was decided by Parks and Wildlife staff in Denver last week that the plans would be discussed at the commission's meeting Dec. 6-7 rather than the Nov. 8 meeting in Yuma.
The change was made because of a full agenda for the November meeting. The change will also make it more convenient for hunters from Gunnison and other areas in western Colorado to attend the meeting.
The December meeting agenda will be set in mid-November and posted on the Parks and Wildlife web site.
The draft management plans can be viewed at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/BigGame/.
The plans will provide the framework for how deer populations and hunting are managed in specific geographic areas in the basin. The three plans are for the Taylor Park herd, Game Management Units 55 and 551; the Powderhorn herd, GMUs 66 and 67; and the West Elk herd, GMU 54.
Early in the summer Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted surveys for each of the plan areas on its website to solicit comments from hunters and others interested in deer in the Gunnison Basin. More than 900 comments were received and taken into consideration for the draft plans. The public can continue to comment on the plans on the web site through Nov. 16.
Final approval to the plans will be made by the Parks and Wildlife Commission at its January meeting.blog comments powered by Disqus