Mixed results for hunters during first, second season

RBC | Hunters in NW Colorado saw a good first rifle season, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area 6 Manager Bill de Vergie. “Some areas found elk and the harvest was good,” de Vergie said via email.

“Other areas where elk are normally found were minimal this year. This could possibly be a result of the very dry summer conditions and the lack of water and good forage.”
Early snow and cold weather also contributed to hunter success early. The second season was slower for elk as the elk moved into more difficult terrain.
“Hunters who were able to get into the dark timber seem to be finding lots of elk sign,” de Vergie said however, “Finding the elk was still very difficult and the full moon did not help, allowing elk to feed all night and head for heavy cover early in the morning. The weather was also warm and this did not help the elk hunters locate animals.”
According to de Vergie, deer hunting second season seems to be going well. “The deer have started their fall migration and all deer hunters are seeing animals. We have seen a few really nice bucks taken.”

Special to the Herald Times