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Colorado Hunting Laws and Regulations

Open season is just a few weeks away for most of the US. It’s an exciting time of year for veteran hunters and beginners alike. But before heading out on your first hunt, make sure you’re familiar with Colorado hunting laws and regulations. Hunting laws evolve on an almost yearly basis, mainly to address public safety for the benefit of the hunter and the hunted.

Colorado Hunting Laws and Regulations

Every hunter needs to know about the different hunting laws and regulations in the state that they currently reside, or they plan on visiting because these laws vary from one state to another. For example, Colorado hunting laws and regulations are different from the hunting laws in Arkansas.

By being up to date with these Colorado hunting laws and regulations, hunters are able to avoid paying hefty fines or worse, going to jail. But before you start polishing your rifles, polish up on your knowledge on hunting laws and regulations first.

1. Deer Hunting Seasons

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Archery:                 August 27 – September 25 (West of I-25 and Unit 140)

October 1 – 28; November 9 – 20; December 15 – 31

Muzzleloader:      September 10 – 18

October 8 – 16 (east of I-25, except Unit 140)

Rifle:                     October 22 – 30 (2nd season)

November 5 – 13 (3rd season)

November 16 – 20 (4th season)

October 29 – November 8 (east of I-25 except Unit 140)

December 1 – 14 (east of I-25 except Unit 140)

For more details on deer season, click here.

Manner Of Take

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Big Game License Options

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Colorado offers several types of big game licenses and options for purchasing them.

For specific details on the three main categories of limited license drawing, click here.

2. Duck Hunting Season

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Duck & Coot Season – Pacific Flyway

Western Zone: October 1 – 19 / November 5 – 29)

Eastern Zone: October 1 – 13

For other details on Teal season, Youth Hunt Regulations and fees, click here. For specific dates and types of waterfowl including bag limit, click here (Page 11-12).

Manner of Taking

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For more elaborate details on the manner of taking ducks in Colorado, click here.

License Requirements

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Various requirements need to be compiled before one can get a valid license to hunt in the state of Colorado.

For more specific details, click here and turn to page 2.

Mountain Lion Hunting Season

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Regular Season:                November 16 – March 31

April Season:                      April 1 -30

Manner Of Take

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For other specific details as well as the use of crossbows and Handguns, click here and turn to pages 5-6

License Information & Requirements

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One must have a mountain lion license and carry it at all times when hunting.

For the details on how to acquire a hunting license, click here.

For detail on license fees according to Colorado hunting laws, click here.

Meanwhile, check out this video on Coyote Management by USDAAPHIS:

As long as you are knowledgeable about the hunting laws in the state of Colorado and abide by them to the letter, you and your hunting buddies will surely enjoy every minute of hunting.

Hunt safe and hunt proudly!

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