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Commission may change game rules

Grand Junction The Colorado Wildlife Commission will consider annual changes to regulations, seasons and bag limits for small game and upland game birds, and give preliminary consideration to late-season waterfowl regulations at its meeting July 12 and 13 in Grand Junction.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction.

The commission will consider extending the quail season in northeastern Colorado to match the closing of pheasant season in that area.

Re-establishing seasons for fur-bearing species that are currently listed as non-game species will also be considered by the commission.

The review will include, but not be limited to, closures and season dates including youth hunting dates and the consideration of federal conservation orders that establish Colorado's migratory bird guidelines with final action scheduled for all early seasons.

The entire regulation chapter on the use of state wildlife areas for field trails and dog training will be given preliminary consideration, as will general property regulations for specific Division of Wildlife properties and state trust lands.

A draft of a chronic wasting disease policy will also be presented to the commission. Regulations intended to reduce the prevalence and limit the expansion of the disease in deer and elk in northeastern Colorado will be considered for final adoption.

A copy of the commission's meeting agenda is available at http://wildlife.state.co.us

Freddy honored by Wildlife Society

Denver The Wildlife Society, an international association of wildlife researchers, has awarded Colorado Division of Wildlife scientist Dave Freddy with the prestigious Jim McDonough Award for excellence in field biology.

"We are extremely proud of Dave's accomplishments in deer and elk research. After 25 years of excellence here at the Division, he certainly deserves this recognition," said Russell George, director of the Division of Wildlife.

Dave Freddy, the 2001 recipient, has been a DOW researcher since 1974. Freddy's work with the DOW is focused on ungulate populations.

For example, he developed population-estimation techniques for elk, and he conducted deer studies in Middle Park and elk studies in Grand Mesa and White River.

The Wildlife Society is an international nonprofit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship.

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