Colorado Commission cuts number of deer licenses

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Just got the email, but they haven't released the units where numbers were cut, yet:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., - The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved big game hunting license numbers on Thursday for the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Agency staff utilized herd population estimates to recommend reductions in license numbers for mule deer, elk and pronghorn while recommending increases in licenses to manage growing populations of moose and black bears. According to a 2008 study, big game hunting in Colorado provides more than $430 million per year in economic impact to the state and supports 4,660 jobs in the state.

Colorado is a national leader in big-game hunting opportunity. This year, Colorado will issue more than 240,000 limited licenses for the state's 'big three' species – elk, deer and pronghorn. Wildlife managers and biologists around the state recommended the issuance of 139,461 limited elk licenses, 79,800 limited deer licenses and 23,862 pronghorn licenses for the 2012 fall seasons.

Statewide, mule deer license quotas declined 5.8 percent from 2011.

"Mule deer populations are being intensively monitored and we've seen some declines, especially in the northwest part of the state," explained Andy Holland, Statewide Big Game Manager. "Between severe winters, increased development, habitat decline, migration corridor fragmentation and predation, most western states are seeing declines in mule deer populations. We adjusted license numbers accordingly."
 
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Here is the official numbers set by the commission. Deer starts on page 14.

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