Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Military property yields lots of game for hunters

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 4:25 PM

click to enlarge Bears are but one species hunted at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. - PHOTOS FROM WWW.FORTCARSON.ISPORTSMAN.NET
  • Photos from www.fortcarson.isportsman.net
  • Bears are but one species hunted at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.
Hunting anyone?

The Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS), 236,000 acres in southeast Colorado used by the Army for exercises, is also quite the haven for hunters.

This is common knowledge to everyone except Independent reporters like me, apparently. I was astonished by all the big game being taken from the property, including bears, deer, big horn sheep and mountain lions.

The PCMS will be closed to hunting throughout the summer, however, because the property will be used for a rigorous training schedule that won't allow hunting times.
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We checked in with Fort Carson, which has a hand in management of hunting there, and learned the following:

• Anyone who hunts at PCMS has to comply with Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations, including getting a hunting license for whatever species they're hunting.

• The Army limits hunters to age 12 and older and hunting education is required, in addition to range safety briefings.

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• The only species that can't be hunted are prairie dogs and swift foxes, which have some level of protection by federal law. All hunting is confined to what's in season under state regulations.

• To find out more about the cost and other regulations on PCMS, go here.

For photos of the types of game taken from the site, check this out.
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Fort Carson sent this information via email:
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) does not have any major hunting seasons that occur during the summer months on PCMS. The hunting seasons are determined by CPW, not Fort Carson.

Currently, there is not a sufficient amount of interest from recreationalists to justify the extra staff hours and money that would be required to remain open during the summer (outside of the main hunting seasons).
The Air Force Academy, too, allows certain recreational activities on base. Here's some additional information from the Academy's public affairs office:
Non-DoD guests may enter the North Gate 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and in addition to visiting such as the Cadet Chapel, Honor Court, etc., may hike our trails (including the Santa Fe Trail), bike, and jog in the Visitors Corridor in the north side of the base. They may also hike the on the Falcon Trail, but only that portion in the Visitors Corridor. More information about trails can be found on the Natural Resources website below.

Unescorted non-DoD visitors cannot go into restricted areas, such as the Cadet Wing, Base Housing and the Community Center, Base Exchange, or the Commissary.

In order to participate in most Academy recreational activities, visitors must meet the authorized patron category e.g. authorized DoD military/civilian employee, etc., card holders (retiree, DOD civilian, active duty, etc.) ...

Some of the Natural Resources Management Programs, such as hunting, may be available to non-DoD guests. A complete list of Natural Resources activities and who is eligible to participate in them can be found at https://usafa.isportsman.net/

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