Colorado Parks and Wildlife licenses, permits and registrations for boating, fishing, hunting and off-highway vehicle use are available now for 2016-17 at license agents, CPW offices and online at http://cpw.state.co.us/.
Anglers are reminded that they must purchase a 2016 fishing license, which will be valid through March 31, 2017. A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youth 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license; however, if they plan to fish with a second line, they must buy a second-rod stamp for $5. Resident senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost just $1. A resident combination fishing-small game license is available for $41. A resident small-game license costs $21, and $1.75 for those under 18.
Anglers should pick up a 2016 fishing brochure to check regulations to see what's new. You must know the regulations for the waters you are fishing. Brochures are available at license agents, any Parks and Wildlife office, and online at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/fishing.pdf.
Mountain lion licenses for April 1-30 are available now to new 2016 hunters who meet hunter education requirements, and also to prior season hunters who did not harvest during the Nov. 16, 2015 - March 31, 2016 season. However, all interested hunters must purchase a new $41 license for the April time period. Licenses purchased in April are valid through March 31, 2017.
Spring turkey over-the-counter (OTC) licenses are unlimited in number and available over the counter for the season beginning April 9. A resident license is $24, and for residents under the age of 18, $14.
Hunting and angling license buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must buy a $10 annual Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected from stamp purchases is used to preserve and protect wildlife habitat throughout the state.
OHV registrations are valid from April 1 through March 31 each year. The annual off-highway vehicle registration fee is $25.25. Registrations may be renewed online at https://ivrs.parks.state.co.us/. The flat, administrative transaction fee cannot be prorated for a partial year's registration, and will not be subject to refund if the vehicle is sold or stolen.
Any boat with a motor or sail, operated in Colorado on any public waters, must be registered with CPW. Boat registrations may be renewed online at https://ivrs.parks.state.co.us/. New boats may be registered by completing this form. Fees vary based on boat length. Registrations are effective Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 each year and cannot be prorated. Mandatory boat inspections and decontaminations occur at 52 locations around the state.
Now is also a good time to buy a Colorado State Parks pass. A pass, good for entry at 42 state parks, costs $70 and is good for one year from the month of purchase. Buy a pass at a Parks and Wildlife office or online at https://parksstore.state.co.us. Daily passes are also available.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.