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Colorado approves free big game licenses for Wounded Warriors

From the Colorado Division of Wildlife

-- The Colorado Wildlife Commission has unanimously approved regulations and big game license allocations to provide free licenses to Colorado combat veterans severely wounded in action while deployed overseas since Sept. 11, 2001. Licenses to hunt deer, elk and pronghorn will be available this fall.

The Division of Wildlife will provide a free deer, elk and pronghorn license to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are participants in the military's Wounded Warrior Programs. "Offering free big-game licenses is just a small token of the gratitude we all feel toward the men and women who have served our country so courageously," said Wildlife Commission chairman Tim Glenn.  "We want them to know their sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Free licenses to hunt antlerless deer, elk or pronghorn will be made available in game management units where the total antlerless license allocation is at least 100 for deer and elk or 50 doe pronghorn licenses statewide during rifle seasons. Licenses would be capped at 10 licenses per game management unit or 2 percent of the total issued in that unit, whichever is greater.

For antlered deer, elk and buck pronghorn, Wounded Warrior licenses will be issued for private land only and capped at five licenses per game management unit or 2 percent of the total, whichever is greater. Antlered tags will not be issued for Ranching for Wildlife properties or in units which take more than four resident preference points to draw.

The program applies to servicemen and women who are residents of or are stationed in Colorado and mirrors the existing mobility-impaired hunting license program in that applicants must have a mobility impairment resulting from a severe combat-related injury, which makes it physically impossible for them to hunt without the assistance of an attendant.  

For more information on the program and information on how to apply for licenses available to Wounded Warriors, contact Erik Slater at (303) 291-7380.For more information about Division of Wildlife go to http://wildlife.state.co.us.

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