Colorado Offering Refunds For Hunting Licenses In Flood Areas

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) issued a press release yesterday saying it is offering refunds and restoring preference points, or giving license exchanges, to hunters that have licenses in game management units affected by last month's flooding.

In this article from the Reporter Herald, the CPW says they will notify hunters with licenses for units 19, 20 and 29 for bear, deer or elk via mail with instructions on how to apply, but believes other northeast region units will be huntable and will only issue refunds there under standard policy.

The agency also started opening state wildlife areas along the South Platte River that were closed for several weeks, but cautioned hunters about changes and recommended scouting areas in daylight.

"Water extended out from the riparian area to cover many places that normally remain dry in most floods," the press release said. "Flood waters cut deep holes in many places, and hunters are encouraged to test water depth with a stick or branch when crossing a channel. Many of the boundary fences have been washed out, and will be fixed or replaced as soon as possible."