• Petitioned Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission

Open a hunting season for greater sandhill cranes in Northwest Colorado

    1. Petition by

      Ken Constantine

Hunters have asked the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to consider holding a limited hunt for Greater Sandhill Cranes in NW Colorado. Colorado has hunted Lesser Sandhill cranes in Colorado, East of I-25 since 1967. It is the position of CPW biologists that a limited season as proposed will not negetively impact this population which is already hunted in every other state in which it resides. CPW has issued a position paper which you can read on pages 5-8 at the following link:(http://wildlife.state.co.us/SiteCollectionDocuments/DOW/Commission/2012/March/Chapter5Issues.pdf)

The total number of available permits is determined annually by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and are distributed to the states where this population is hunted. Colorado's share, less than 50 permits, will be distributed to the other states if this hunt is not approved. This means that the approval of this petition will only result in a redistribution, not an increase, in the number of available permits.

Sunday, April 29th the Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper came out in favor of this hunt option.  Read the editorial at the following link.  http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2012/apr/28/our-view-cranes-crosshairs/

If you would like to support the recommended option of holding a limited crane
hunt in Routt and Moffat counties only of NW Colorado, please sign this

Thank you for casting a vote for Scientific based wildlife management.
The results of this petition and your comments will be shared with the
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission prior to their discussion meeting on
May 10th & 11th in Grand Junction, CO and their decision meeting July 12 & 11th in Sterling, CO.

Ken Constantine
Colorado volunteer Hunter Education Instructor since 1984
Colorado Regional Director - Ducks Unlimited, retired

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Renzo DelPiccolo MONTROSE, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      CO has managed this bird to the point of limited hunting opportunity. That is success! So why wouldn't we carefully manage that opportunity? Those of us that love to see these birds will continue to see them regardless and yet those that what to harvest a crane should have that opprtunity as well. Thanks to the Yost, Haskins and others for trying to provide that opportunity - that is what CPW should be doing!

    • David Dolton LAKEWOOD, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Although I have no interest in hunting cranes, I would like to see others who may be interested in hunting them have the opportunity. Colorado's allocation of cranes is already being hunting in neighboring states so why not let Colorado hunters have their fair share. This hunt will in no way endanger the crane population and will serve to heighten awareness of the species in the northwestern part of the state.

    • Greg Stoebner STERLING, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Emotions should not dictate management. Since there is no increase in harvest, the points are mute.

    • Daniel Frankowski COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      Hunting by responsible hunters following the guidance of the experienced and knowledgeable biologists has been extremely beneficial to the population of numerous game species. If the biologists support it, I do too.

    • John Vayhinger MONUMENT, CO
      • over 2 years ago

      It is just common sense and reasonable to allow Colorado hunters to harvest a reasonable number of cranes in Colorado rather than allow that allotment to be utilized by other states.


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