The deadline for submitting a 2013 application for a limited big game hunting license is April 2.

“Every year we get questions about how to get the best hunting licenses,” said Lamar District Wildlife Manager Rick Gardner. “So, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free informational sessions about the ‘how-to tips’ for applying for big game hunting licenses.”

Meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

March 16: Cañon City: 2 to 4 p.m., at the Canon City Hunter Education Building.  Call 719-269-0656 for more information.

March 20: Lamar: 6:30 p.m., at the CPW office, 2500 S. Main Street.  For more information, call 719-689-2295.

March 21: Walsenburg:  6 p.m., at the Lathrop State Park Visitor Center. Class space is limited. Call 719-989-1027 to register.

March 25: Colorado Springs: 6 p.m., at the CPW office at 4255 Sinton Road.  Call 719-227-5200 for more information.

March 26:  Buena Vista: 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Sangre de Cristo meeting room at 29780 U.S. Highway 24.. This is an “open house,” session.  Stop in anytime during the evening for one-on-one help. Call 719-530-5520 for more information.

The classes are especially helpful for novice hunters who have had difficulty understanding the multi-faceted Colorado big game application process.  Hunters will get tips on how to find best odds of drawing licenses, how to find harvest reports, population parameters such as buck/doe ratios, population size, preference points and figuring out how the leftover draw works. In addition, officers will walk hunters through the on-line application process and show them how to avoid the most common errors.

There is no cost to attend.

Image courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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