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Herd Management (DAU) Plans
Herd Management (DAU) Plans
Bull elk with cow herd
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​​​​​​Draft Herd Management Plans - seeking public comment

Trinidad Deer Herd

Please share your input on the management of the Trinidad Deer herd, which covers Game Management Units (GMUs) 85, 140, and 851 in portions of Las Animas and Huerfano counties. This area is also referred to as Data Analysis Unit (DAU) D-32.

Please review the draft plan and email your comments to Allen Vitt (allen.vitt@state.co.us) by December 5, 2019.

Cheyenne Pronghorn Herd

Please share your input on the management of the Cheyenne Pronghorn herd, which covers Game Management Units (GMUs) 116, 117, 122, and 127 in portions of Prowers, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Kit Carson counties. This area is also referred to as Data Analysis Unit (DAU) PH-12.

Please review the draft plan and email your comments to Jonathan Reitz (johnathan.reitz@state.co.us) by December 20, 2019.

Dolores River Desert Bighorn Sheep Herd

Please share your input on the management of the Dolores River Desert Bighorn Sheep herd, which covers Game Management Units (GMUs) S-63 and S-64 in southwest Colorado. This area is also referred to as Data Analysis Unit (DAU) DBS-61.

Please review the draft plan and email your comments to Brad Banulis (brad.banulis@state.co.us) and/or Brad Weinmeister (brad.weinmesiter@state.co.us) by December 22, 2019.

San Juan Deer Herd

Please share your input on the management of the San Juan Deer herd, which covers Game Management Units (GMUs) 75, 77, 78, 751, and 771 in portions of Archuleta, La Plata, Mineral, San Juan, and Hindsdale counties. This area is also referred to as Data Analysis Unit (DAU) D-30.

Please review the draft plan and email your comments to Brad Weinmeister (brad.weinmeister@state.co.us) by December 22, 2019.


Thank you -- CPW appreciates your time and input!

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About Big Game Herd Management (DAU) Plans

Big game populations are managed to achieve population and sex ratio objectives established for Data Analysis Units. A Data Analysis Unit (DAU) is the geographic area that represents the year-around range of a big game herd and includes all of the seasonal ranges of a specific herd. Each DAU usually is composed of several Game Management Units (GMUs), but in some cases only one GMU makes up a DAU.

The purpose of a DAU plan is to integrate the plans and intentions of Colorado Parks and Wildlife with the concerns and ideas of land management agencies and interested public to determine how a big game herd in a DAU should be managed.

In preparing a DAU plan, agency personnel attempt to balance the biological capabilities of the herd and its habitat with the public's demand for wildlife recreational opportunities.

The primary decisions needed for each DAU plan are how many animals should exist in the DAU and what is the desired sex ratio for the population of big game animals (e.g., the number of males per 100 females). 

The selection of population​ and sex ratio objectives (which are set for a 10-year period of time) drive important decisions in the big game season setting process, namely: 

  • How many animals must be harvested to maintain or move toward the objectives 
  • What types of hunting seasons are required to achieve the harvest objective

Finalized Data Analysis Unit Plans

Bear

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Bighorn Sheep

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Deer

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Elk

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Moose

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Pronghorn

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