Public Comment Sought on Deer Management Plan

A proposed deer management plan for Game Management Units 53 and 63 is now available for public comment. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is requesting that hunters, landowners and others interested in mule deer in this area to provide comments on the proposal.

These hunting units are located in an area between Gunnison, Montrose and Delta in western Colorado and comprise the big-game management unit known as the North Fork-Gunnison River Mule Deer Herd. Every 10 years CPW biologists develop new management plans for specific areas throughout the state that guide how many hunting licenses are issued. The plans are based on hunter harvest, habitat conditions, agricultural conflicts, public perception, comments from land-management agencies, land owners and stakeholder surveys.

The draft plan for GMUs 53 and 63 proposes a deer population of 7,500–9,500 mule deer, with a ratio of 33–38 bucks per 100 does.

To read the full proposal, visit this website. A link to the plan is posted on the right side of the page.

“Your input is important for big-game management planning,” said Evan Phillips, a CPW biologist located in Montrose.

Anyone who has comments should e-mail them to Phillips at: evan.phillips@state.co.us. They can also be sent to him at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2300 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO, 81401. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 30.

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