Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain will be closed to the public Monday through Wednesday from Sept. 17 through Jan. 31 for elk management through limited hunting.
Three hunters will be granted a one-week access pass to hunt on open space each week during the season. Hunters can take advantage of the park visitor closure to hunt on the Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain on only the closed days, Monday through Wednesday. However, they may hunt the other areas (Indian Mountain and the Cushman Property) on any of the seven days of their access week. All hunters have passed a shooting proficiency test and attended an orientation.
If all three hunters are successful early in the week, the park will be reopened the following day.
There will be no hunters Dec. 20-30 and the park will be open those days.
This hunting program is solely and specifically permitted as a resource management tool. There is no cost to the hunter beyond the existing Colorado Parks and Wildlife license system and Boulder County does not receive any additional revenue. Recreational hunting at Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain or any other open space property is strictly prohibited.
Updates (as of 11/19)
- 20 of 30 hunters have had successful harvests.
- The herd has segregated into two groups; one predominantly using Indian Mountain and the other using Rabbit Mountain and the agricultural fields to the northeast.
- First coordinated ground count is scheduled for Nov. 30.