The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approve the creation of a seasonal closure for shed antler and horn collection on public lands west of I-25 at their meeting this month. These lands will be closed to shed antler and horn collection annually from January 1st through April 30th. This year, the closure will go into effect on these public lands on March 1st. The goal of the restrictions is to reduce the recreational impacts from shed hunting on wintering big game animals during the time of year when deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose are most vulnerable to stress. Increased stress can lead to decreases in health and fawn and calf survival, and increased mortality. Additional information on CPW’s decision to institute shed antler and horn collection restrictions is available here.