Colorado Division of Wildlife officials say that warm temperatures for most of October could reduce the hunting harvest for the first deer and elk season. Wildlife Manager Pat Tucker says hunters reported seeing fewer deer and elk when temperatures climbed into the 80s.
The animals seek cooler temperatures at higher elevations. Officials also were concerned that higher temperatures could cause carcasses to spoil. They warned hunters to immediately cool and dress the meat. Buddy McNeel of Rifle Packing & Sausage Company reported an increase in business last week because of the high temperatures.