Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet Jan. 10 – 11

Colorado bighorn sheep.(Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife/Bill Vogrin.)

At a hybrid meeting in Denver, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will open for final consideration of annual changes to season dates and harvest limits for mountain lions and removing electronic calls as a legal method of take for mountain lions statewide, revising Mount Evans to Mount Blue Sky as changed by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, modifying the Game Management Unit 43 and creating GMU 431 and modifying the GMU boundaries for 79 and 791.

The commission will also open for final consideration of annual changes to season dates, limited license areas and manner of take provisions for bighorn sheep, mountain goat, deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, moose, and bear (statewide), quotas for bighorn sheep and mountain goats, and creating a Disabled Veterans Outreach License.

The commission will open for consideration of annual changes to waterfowl and migratory bird hunting seasons and related provisions, including season dates, bag and possession limits and manner of take provisions. 

The commission will also discuss draft Southwest Deer Herd Management Plans and SB23-059 State Parks And Wildlife Area Local Access Funding.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Jan. 10 and adjourn at 12:55 p.m. for a Commission site visit. The commission will reconvene at 8 a.m. on Jan. 11 and adjourn at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be streamed live on CPW’s YouTube page.

Additional agenda items include:

  • Department of Natural Resources Update
  • Department of Agriculture Update
  • Financial Update
  • Outdoor Equity Grant Program Update
  • Wolf Update
  • Mountain Lion Management Update
  • Bison Update
  • Boyd Lake State Park and Castlewood Canyon State Park Updates 
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Volunteer Program Overview
  • GOCO Update
  • Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program – 2023 RFP Update
  • Species Conservation Trust Fund
  • Eagle Update
  • Bobcat Research Update
  • Future Topics Discussion

The commission will enter Executive Session to receive legal advice regarding Gunnison County Stockgrowers’ Association and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association v. CPW and USFWS, and Colorado Conservation Alliance et al v. CPW and USFWS.

A complete agenda along with all materials for this meeting can be found on the CPW website for public review. The public is encouraged to email written comments to the commission at [email protected]. Details on providing public comments for hybrid meetings are available on the CPW website.

The commission meets regularly and travels to communities around the state to facilitate public participation. Anyone can listen to commission meetings through the CPW website. This opportunity keeps constituents informed about the development of regulations and how the commission works with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff to manage the parks, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs administered by the agency. Find out more about the commission on the CPW website.