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December 2009 Youth Hunt at Stillroven Farm near Meade, Colorado.

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2019 Colorado Pheasant & Quail Forecast

Colorado's pheasant and quail seasons open statewide Nov. 9, 2019. Pheasant hunters can expect improved bird populations over last season. Big-game hunters can also enjoy some additional access this year on Colorado's popular Walk-In-Access program. For additional small game resources, tips and tactics, please read Colorado Outdoors Online's 2019 Colorado Pheasant and Quail Forecast.

 

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Small Game Hunting Fees Changed in 2019

With the passage of Senate Bill 18-143​​​, CPW was able to adjust pricing to meet the pressures of increased management costs and resource usage across the state. These adjustments allow the agency to continue our​ conservation mission, while also ensuring transparency and accountability in working to achieve the ten key goals laid ou​t in the bill. ​​​​​​​​​​​​

Small Game fees changed with the 2019-2020 season.​ Learn more about the approved 2019 Small Game License Fee​​ updates, ​or visit the Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page​ for additional information.​


​​​​​​​Small Game Quick Guide
 

5 Steps to the Hunt

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What You Need To Buy A License

  1. Secure and verifiable identification
  2. Proof of hunter education
  3. Habitat Stamp 
  4. For residents, proof of residency

Hunting Reservation System

Make your reservations for small game season online or by phone (using our new system)! CPW is encouraging the online reservation system option for hunters hoping to quickly secure a popular location. Hunters must make reservations for all properties that require them. Hunt site reservations continue to be free at participating locations.

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If you intend to hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado during the 2018-2019 season, you need a new Harvest Information Program number.​


Hunters: Prevent the spread of Tularemia​​

Tularemia fact sheet

​​Tulare​mia is a fatal bacterial disease of rabbits and rodents that can spread to humans and other species. Incidents of Tularemia are higher than normal ​​this year. 

Read the tularemia fact sheet​​​ to learn to identify a sick animal, understand what causes and spreads the disease, and how to prevent infection.

Reduce Potential Exposure to Lead in Game Meat​

Pheasant hunter on walk-in access property​A North Dakota study raised concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead associated with eating wild game harvested with lead bullets. Read more information and recommendations to minimize exposure to lead​ in wild game.​