Shed antler hunters must stay on roads

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in northern Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on BLM public lands in this area.
“Shed-antler hunting is a great way to spend time enjoying public lands with friends and family,” said BLM Little Snake field manager Wendy Reynolds. “While most people responsibly search for antlers on foot or horseback, the few people that illegally leave roads on ATVs or other motorized vehicles cause tremendous damage every spring.”
Off-road driving can cause significant damage anytime, but moist spring soils are especially susceptible. The resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to important wildlife habitat.
BLM rangers will be patrolling popular shed hunting areas this spring in the Little Snake Field Office in northwestern Colorado to ensure compliance with existing travel management rules.
“Shed hunters also need to keep in mind that wildlife is especially vulnerable to disturbance during the early spring, when their winter reserves are depleted but spring green-up can still be weeks away,” Reynolds said.
A citation for riding an ATV off existing roads or in a closed area can result in fines of $250. Harassing wildlife may result in a $200 fine.
Northern Colorado is well-known for its quality big game resources. Shed hunters come from throughout the region, including Utah and Wyoming, to look for shed antlers on BLM lands in northern Colorado every spring.

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