Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) (formerly Division of Wildlife, DOW) will hold a public meeting on elk hunting and poaching issues in Game Management Unit 83, on Thursday, August 8th, 2019, 6 PM, at the Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center, 17591 E Hwy 160.
GMU 83 covers 1250 square miles, mostly private land in Costilla County, and small portions of Alamosa and Huerfano Counties, known for elk and deer hunting.
Hunters without permission from private landowners may be charged with trespassing.
Poaching is the illegal taking or possession of any game, fish or nongame wildlife. Obvious signs of poaching include hunting out of season, hunting at night using spotlights, and taking more than the legal limit.
Citizens may earn up to a $500 reward and remain anonymous by reporting poaching to Operation Game Thief at toll-free 1-877-COLO-OGT (877-265-6648), Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.