Hunting Season has Started and Brings Big Economic Contributions

FIRST OF FOUR BIG-GAME SEASONS OPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

Fall big-game hunting season begins and brings money into our area economy by hunters visiting Garfield County. It has a positive economic impact on our area.

The first of four separate big-game rifle seasons in Colorado runs October 11-15 for limited elk license holders, followed by combined deer/elk season October 18-26 and November 1-9, and a final combined limited season November 12-16.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, hunting generates an estimated $919 million per year, including $181 million generated in the northwest part of the state. Garfield County ranks as the second-biggest Western Slope county behind Mesa County in terms of economic output, generating $22.6 million in spending and $1.7 million in local and state taxes, and creating 322 jobs, according to a February 2014 analysis.

Let’s give a “Big Welcome” to all the hunters who visit our community during hunting season!