Colorado approves expansion of hunting access program

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FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials plan to more than double the amount of state trust land that’s open to limited hunting and fishing.

The Summit Daily reported Monday that the state Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a multiyear expansion of the Public Access Program, aiming to increase the size from 750 square miles (1,942 square kilometers) to about 1,560 square miles (4,040 square kilometers).

The state expects to add about 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) to the program by the fall hunting season. Wildlife officials plan to announce the new areas next month.

Most of the current accessible land is in northwestern Colorado, where big game hunting is available.

Officials say they are eyeing the eastern plains for bird and small-game hunting.

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