Hunters Help CPW Manage CWD
The high country is in the thick of the Colorado hunting season. And if you’re skilled (and lucky!) enough to bag a buck this season, you could also be receiving something special in the mail from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) folks.
During the 2018 hunting season, CPW will once again be conducting mandatory chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing. The program allows the agency to collect additional information about CWD and how it may be affecting local herds. Voluntary and mandatory sampling is critical for data collection on this disease that impacts the long-term health of these animals.
Beginning earlier this month, CPW began sending out letters to Colorado rifle season buck hunters who had been selected for mandatory CWD testing. Thirty-one Game Management Units (GMUs) are included in the 2018 mandatory sample, which was NOT included in the 2017 mandatory sample. For complete CWD Testing and Submission Information, including a list of testing submission sites and their schedule of operations, click HERE. Be advised that there is a voluntary testing fee of $25 per head.
CPW is also notifying hunters of other changes this year related to CWD samples and CWD-positive test results. The intent of these changes is to make the CWD submission and testing program more efficient and cost-effective.
CPW will continue the reimbursement of costs incurred from processing CWD-positive animals. The standard rate will be up to $100 for animals non-commercially processed and up to $200 for deer and elk that are commercially processed. The maximum reimbursement for commercial processing moose is $250.
Updated information on CWD and the 2018 mandatory sample can be found on the CPW website.
Leadville Liquors Honors Hunters
For most hunters, the sport of the harvest is the primary reason for getting out into the backcountry. But when they return home, it’s the stories from the trek that keep them entertained throughout the winter. And thanks to Leadville Liquors those trophy moments are being captured and displayed at the liquor store located at 1619 Poplar Street.
“We’ve brought back our Hunter’s Wall of Fame,” said Deann Skala, owner of Leadville Liquors. “So bring in a picture of your harvest and we’ll add it to the display!”
Conservation Programs Help Wildlife Thrive
Colorado boasts some of the most diverse and abundant wildlife populations in North America. Since the state is home to an astonishing 960 wildlife species, it’s easy to assume that Colorado’s fish and wildlife have always flourished. However, many of the state’s most cherished and iconic species prosper today only because of Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) species conservation and wildlife re-introduction programs.
In Colorado, hunters and anglers fund more than 70 percent of CPW’s wildlife management programs.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) does not receive general tax dollars to fund its wildlife conservation programs. In fact, hunters and anglers provide the primary source of funding for all state wildlife conservation programs through purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and habitat stamps.
Additionally, this funding model includes federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, firearms and ammunition. This generates millions of dollars for conservation programs that benefit both game and nongame species. Lynx, moose, black-footed ferrets, turkeys, elk, and deer are just a few examples of species that have benefited from these conservation programs. Its success is the reason Colorado is home to some of the most abundant and diverse wildlife populations in the world, some of them found right here at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery.