Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release                                              


September 22, 2011


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Opening of Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge to Limited Elk Hunts in 2012


Contact: Ann Timberman (USFWS); (970)-723-8202 ext. 3,


elk at Arapaho NWRIn 2012 Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, in Walden, Colo., will open to a number of limited elk hunts for the first time. There are restrictions to the upcoming hunts.


Specifically, hunting permits will be issued on a preference to youth and the disabled. If the target number for permits is not filled, then a random draw of able-bodied hunters will fill the remaining permit numbers in accordance with state and refuge regulations.


All hunters of the refuge must possess an appropriate elk license issued by Colorado Parks & Wildlife for the season and Game Management Unit (GMU) in which they wish to participate. Hunters will be required to be in possession of a limited elk license for one of the regular rifle elk seasons and for one of the GMUs in which the refuge is located. These licenses can be obtained through the normal limited license drawing process.


Successful license holders will be invited to apply for a permit to hunt on the refuge, and must also attend an informational meeting at the refuge’s headquarters. Designated areas within the refuge boundary are closed to hunting. Check with the refuge office at (970)-723-8202 ext. 3, for closure areas.


To find hunting programs offered in the National Wildlife Refuge System, please visit:


To find the final regulations in the Federal Register please visit:


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