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Big game hunting draw hunters from just about every state to southwestern Colorado and to the GMUG National Forest.  The major big-game species that live in the GMUG National Forest are mule deer, elk, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, black bear, and mountain lion. Game bird species that are hunted include turkey, blue grouse,  sage grouse, rock and morning dove, and various waterfowl species.

While the Forest Service does not sell hunting licenses, a license is required to hunt in Colorado. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife and local retailers sell licenses. Visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for more hunting information. 

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Mountain Goats frequent the Raggeds on the Paonia Ranger District.

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The GMUG NF offers some excellent big game hunting opportunities