I currently hold two tags in colorado, elk and deer. While there is a state trust land not far my house that in the book list the property as only for hunting deer and small game(the rabbit population sucks). I have run into several hunters that are elk hunting on the property while passing on shots myself trying to obey the rules and keep the place availabe. Am I the only one that reads the books put out on what certain pieces of public land can be used for?
Could it be that the intended definition of “deer” includes elk? Your local DOW office should be able to clarify it for you. If it’s deer only, I’d inquire why the heck a rule like that. You could also mention that folks are hunting elk there, if they confirm it’s not allowed, and suggest they should patrol it more vigorously. Only DOW can make game rules, not the state land board. Good luck.
I would like to say thank you for your input. While the local office seems to keep hours that conflict with my work schedule I did send an email. The response was that elk are not a legal species of take in that area, the Customer service rep said that they would forward the info on to the local office.