GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO It's one of Colorado's favorite past-times. Officials say people sometimes camp out at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Grand Junction to try and get a license. Aside from being at the right place at the right time, there are several things you can do to maximize your chances of being one of the lucky ones.
"It's been a passion since early on," says Norm Kinney, who has been hunting for over 50 years. Kinney enjoys the "tranquility of getting out in the wild, the companionship of my compadres; it's just a nice time of the year to be out and experience the wilderness," says Kinney.
To hunt legally you need a license, and you actually can get a leftover license at an authorized retailer. "People we'll see in here will be from in-town, out-of-town, out of state; so it is a big deal," says Cabela's Grand Junction General Manager Jesse Eckley, who says it's a great day for business. "We'll be prepared with new product. We actually have hunting checklists that we'll be handing folks to make sure they remember what they need in the field, and what they might not have. Hopefully a lot of them will be able to do a one-stop shop while they're in here and get some things taken care of while they're getting their license," explains Eckley.
Sportsman's Warehouse in Grand Junction is also anticipating high sales. "People buy their licenses, and then they go back and buy some of their hunting gear like their clothes; everything they need," says Cally Hunt, a customer service associate with Sportsman's Warehouse in Grand Junction.
Don't forget your Government ID, proof of address, and hunter safety card if you're not verified. "Have at least 3 hunt codes available, and ready to go. If they're not able to get their first choice, at least they'll have two or three other backups, in case they're not able to get the first choice that the want," says Mike Porras, public information officer with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, Northwest Region in Grand Junction.
Because for Kinney, and any seasoned hunter, the wait is well worth it. "If you kill something, that's just a bonus; but it's mainly a good activity for a family to participate in and go spend some time out in the woods, and commune with nature a little bit," adds Kinney.
Licenses go on sale at 9 am Tuesday at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office on Independent Avenue in Grand Junction, and authorized retailers such as Cabela's and Sportsman's Warehouse. They're available to both residents and non-residents on a first-come first-serve basis.
Leftover licenses are available online beginning at midnight on August 15th. For more information, including mail-in request forms and preference point applications, visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website at wildlife.state.co.us.