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.
If all three hunters are successful early in the week, the park will be reopened the following day.
The park will be open Dec. 24-26 since there will not be any hunters that week.
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 do not receive any additional revenue. Recreational hunting at Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain or any other open space property is strictly prohibited.
A letter and email were sent to all hunters with a GMU 20 rifle elk hunting license with hunt code E-F-020-L3-R asking them to declare their interest in the program. On July 23, a random drawing was held and 57 hunters and 10 alternates were selected.
All selected hunters are be required to pass a shooting proficiency test and attend an orientation.