The draft management plans for deer in the Gunnison Basin are now available for review on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. Go to:

The plans will provide the framework for how deer populations and hunting are managed in specific geographic areas in the basin. The three plans are for: the Taylor Park herd, Game Management Units 55 and 551; the Powderhorn herd, GMUs 66 and 67; and the West Elk herd, GMU 54.

Early in the summer Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted surveys for each of the plan areas on its website to solicit comments from hunters and others interested in deer in the Gunnison Basin. More than 900 comments were received and taken into consideration for the draft plans. The public can continue to comment on the plans.

“Comments came from people throughout Colorado and across the country, and were very helpful in developing plans that we believe maintain a quality hunting experience while potentially providing more hunter opportunity,” said Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist for Parks and Wildlife in Gunnison.

The plans will be posted on the web site until Nov. 16. Comments can be submitted to Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist in Gunnison. Mail comments to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, attention: Brandon Diamond, 300 West New York Ave., Gunnison, CO 81230. Or send comments via email to

The plans will be submitted to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission for an initial review at its meeting in Yuma, Nov. 8; and discussed further at its next meeting in Colorado Springs, Dec. 6. Final approval of the plans by the commission will be at its meeting, Jan. 10 and 11 in Denver. The public can also make comments at those meetings.

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