CPW Seeks Comments on Potential Bow Hunting License Limits in the Grand Mesa Area

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public comment on potential bow hunting license changes for the Grand Mesa area.

CPW states that over-the-counter license sales are currently unlimited and not limited by gender for the entire Grand Mesa hunting areas. It is currently seeking public comment on a possible limit on the number of OTC archery licenses available.

Parks and Wildlife explained that the Grand Mesa area has traditionally been managed for maximum opportunity for hunters, where licenses are generally unlimited on an over-the-counter basis.

Wildlife managers intentionally reduced the Grand Mesa elk herd from a peak of more than 20,000 elk thirty years ago to around 14,000 elk in 2021, according to CPW.

Since then, hunters have flocked to the Grand Mesa, doubling the number of bowhunters in ten years. CPW says increased overcrowding during archery season coupled with a reduced elk population sparked the discussion.

CPW cited the following factors as considerations:

  • Bow Hunter Attack
  • Reduced archery hunter satisfaction
  • Decreased bowhunter harvest success
  • Changing the distribution of elk between public and private lands

If you would like to provide feedback, you can submit it via CPW’s online survey.

Earnest A. Martinez