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Hunting in Colorado: 5 Animals To Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Saturday, 23 May 2015 03:55 AM

Winters in Colorado are sometimes very cold. These months can be dry but severe snow storms can sweep in and paralyze hard-hit areas. Hunters who go out in winter should be fully prepared for whatever nature brings. Snowfall is seen from September to May, but some January and February days see temperatures near 70 degrees or below.

During the winter months, many animals forage for food and are legal targets for hunters. These include cats, birds, and small animals. Understand the habits of these species and you increase your odds for bagging a prize. Consider the following:

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1. Mountain Lions

They are the largest cats in Colorado and adults can be more than six feet long. This cat is also called other names, such as panther, puma, and cougar. They are found throughout the Americas, from Canada to Argentina and they are abundant in Colorado mesas, canyons, and foothills. They prefer bushy areas to forests or open land.

2. Bobcats

They should not be confused with lynx, which are endangered and illegal to hunt. Lynx are distinguished by tufts of hair on their ears and hunters must learn to tell the difference. Bobcats live throughout Colorado and are found in any brush and woodland areas where they can find rabbits and other small mammals and birds.

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3., 4. Deer and Elk

Both of these can be hunted on private lands throughout the winter but hunters must be sure to have the proper permits to pursue this big game. These hoofed animals are valued by anyone hunting in Colorado. Several species are abundant throughout the state and many can be found near suburban areas, as well as deep in the forest. They feed on woody vegetation, crops, and grass.

5. Beavers

These are the largest rodents in North America; more than 3-feet in length. They build dams near the banks of rivers from branches and stumps of aspen, alder, and other trees. They are active throughout the year and abundant in the state, especially in the subalpine zone.

Winter hunters can also target small animals and birds that are legal throughout the year. Hunting seasons are subject to change, and hunters should check the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife website to keep current on seasonal issues. Hunters can confirm the legality of species, get GPS map information, and find help in getting necessary licenses and permits.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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