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Collection and Possession of Shed Antlers
Collection and Possession of Shed Antlers
Buck Deer Antler Shed in Snow; Photo by David Hannigan
​​Photo Credit: David Hannigan ​

Gunnison Basin Temporary Emergency Closu​reTemporary Closure Map Thumbnail

​There is a shed antler collection restriction in the Gunnison basin  (GMU'S 54, 55, 66, 67 and 551) continuing through May 15, 2017​

A Temporary Emergency Order​​ closes areas in th​e Basin below 9500' to all recreational small game, predator, furbearer hunting, mountain lion hunting, and to the collection/possession of shed deer and elk antlers, bighorn sheep skulls and/or horns, and pronghorn skulls and/or horns.​​ ​​Click map for larger version​.​​​

Northwest Colorado Temporary Emergency Closure -
Portions of Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties

​The Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, per Parks and Wildlife Regulation Chapter 0, Article XI-020-F, finds that protective action is necessary and orders that the following closure b​​​e established and enforced:

All public lands situated in the area described below, shall be closed beginning 12:00 PM (noon) on March 3, 2017, and extending through April 15, 2017, to all collection/possession of shed deer and elk antlers, and pronghorn horn sheaths.

The areas to be closed shall include all public lands within the areas depicted on the map​. Those lands are described as public lands within Game Management Units 1, 2, 201, 10, 21, 11 and 3.​

Read the Temporary Closure notice

For information about this closure and other current antler closures in affect, please see the news release​.

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Shed Hunting Sign

Basis and Purpose

The Northwest corner of the state has received considerable snowfall during the winter months of 2016 and 2017. Accumulations have been above normal on many of the big game winter ranges. Deer, elk and pronghorn are experiencing stress during these winter months and there is the potential to see an increase in winter mortality in all three species. On February 27-29, an additional 12-18” of snow fell in the northwest areas creating even more difficult winter range conditions.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be taking emergency measures in many northwest hunting units to keep animals on winter ranges by removing additional stress factors associated with shed and sheath collection and to otherwise protect time sensitive wildlife use of big game winter ranges. Factors include the disturbance by people that would cause animals to consume additional energy needed to survive the winter or move off public winter ranges onto private property and create game damage situations.​

Anyone that observes illegal activity is urged to contact their local wildlife office, or to remain anonymous to contact Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards are available for information that leads to a citation.​