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Heavy rains in Colorado during the last two weeks are making for wet conditions in the high country for the start of the state’s big game hunting seasons. Hunters are urged to stay on dry roads and avoid soggy areas with vehicles.

“We’re asking hunters to exercise good judgment on where they take their vehicles,” said Tony Gurzick, southwest assistant regional manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. “Heavy vehicles can seriously damage wet roads and affect access to hunting areas. Runoff from deep road ruts can damage water quality and wildlife habitat.”

Western Colorado was particularly hard-hit by the rains which swelled rivers and creeks, and caused some flooding and rock slides.

The first rifle season for elk starts Saturday (Oct. 14) and thousands of hunters are heading to Colorado’s high country. The first season continues through Oct. 18. Other rifle seasons follow until mid-November.

When setting up camp, hunters should drive off the road as short a distance as possible. Hunters also are reminded that all-terrain vehicles can cause resource damage.

Hunters are advised to contact local United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offices to check on road closures and restrictions.

Hunters are asked to report road problems to wildlife officers or to federal agency officers.

“Forest roads are paid for with your tax dollars. Road repairs are very expensive,” Gurzick said. “So hunters and anyone using the roads are asked to treat them with care."

Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:40 pm
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