For hunters whose hunting opportunity will be impacted by the Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek Fires, Williams Fork, and Cameron Peak fires, revised refund policies are now in place. If you hold a deer, elk, bear, turkey or sheep license for an upcoming 2020 hunting season in units impacted by the fires, you may be eligible for a refund and restoration of preference points (+1) if you choose to return your license.
Please see the following document which will be frequently updated for more details on wildfire impacts: Wildfire Refund Options
>> Read the full refund update.
For over the counter and leftover license information, please visit the
Leftover and Over-the-Counter Licenses page.
Closures: Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, it is your responsibility to learn about fires, closures alerts and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. Check with local land management agencies (Forest Service, BLM, etc) before heading out.
For more information, including contact numbers, visit the
Fire, Road Closures and Alerts page.
Wildfires and Fire Restrictions: Colorado is currently facing drought conditions statewide. Wildfires and Fire Bans and Restrictions may affect your plans; please visit the Colorado Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website for updates on active fires and a clickable map of fire restrictions statewide.
CWD: Learn about chronic wasting disease, mandatory testing areas & how you can help.
Report Mistakes: If you make a mistake, your best course of action is to contact an officer as soon as possible. Call the nearest CPW office and they will assist you with finding the appropriate officer in your area. For after-hours emergencies, call the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501.
While you will still be subject to penalties, they could be less severe if the officer determines that you are cooperative, that the error was not intentional, or that it was unavoidable given the circumstances.
Important Reminders Before Hunting and
big game hunter basic information and tips stories.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys mid-October. Each year from October through mid-February the CPW contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Individual hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience.
Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey. Only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by the CPW are eligible.
Watch the video to see an overview of some of the
major changes affecting the 2020 big game seasons.
An overview of big game, small game and waterfowl hunting on Colorado's public lands. Including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, State Wildlife Areas, State Trust Lands, State Parks.
Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 16-068 concerning wearing fluorescent pink garments to hunt big game. This change went into effect August 10, 2016.
Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the
Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.