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Colorado Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Colorado, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and game management units. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

Colorado is known for its big game animals, especially trophy-class mule deer and elk. The state is home to the largest elk herd in North America with a population of 280,000 animals. And with more than 23 million acres of public land, Colorado boasts some of the best public hunting access in the country. For perspective, Colorado’s public-land acreage is equal in size to the state of Indiana.

Terrain

From its grass-covered eastern plains to the Rocky Mountain Front, Colorado’s terrain has everything from rugged mountains, rivers, valleys, and vast plains to desert lands, desert canyons, and mesas.

Colorado Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Antelope
Antelope – Archery (Bucks Only)
over-the-counter
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 31, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Archery (Either Sex)
over-the-counter
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 20, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Muzzleloader
Sep 21, 2022 Sep 29, 2022
Antelope
Antelope – Rifle
Limited Draw.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Bear
Bear (Add-on)
Archery and Muzzleloader Add-On Bear licenses are available in unlimited numbers. Hunters can ‘add-on’ an OTC bear license for archery or muzzleloader seasons if they hold a deer or elk license for the same method of take and at least one unit overlaps.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Bear
Bear – Archery
over-the-counter and/or limited
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Bear
Bear – Rifle (September)
Limited Draw.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Bear
Bear – Muzzleloader
Licenses are over-the-counter with caps.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Bear
Bear – Rifle (1st season)
over-the-counter and/or limited
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 19, 2022
Bear
Bear – Rifle (2nd season)
over-the-counter and/or limited
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Bear
Bear – Rifle (3rd Season)
over-the-counter and/or limited
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Bear
Bear – Rifle (4th season)
over-the-counter and/or limited
Nov 23, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Coyote
Coyote
No limit. No closed season
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane
East of the Continental Divide except North Park (Jackson County) and San Luis Valley.
Oct 3, 2022 Nov 29, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery
West of I-25 and Unit 140.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader
Units: 1-86, 140, 161-861.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – 1st Plains Archery
Units: 87-139, 141-145, east of I-25.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Deer
Deer – Plains Muzzleloader
Units: 87-139, 141-147, east of I-25.
Oct 10, 2022 Oct 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – 2nd Rifle
Combined deer and elk. (Third elk rifle season.)
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – 1st Rifle
Combined deer and elk. (Second elk rifle season.)
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Deer
Deer – Plains Rifle
Units: 87-139, 141-147, east of I-25.
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 8, 2022
Deer
Deer – 2nd Plains Archery
Units: 87-139, 141-145, east of I-25.
Nov 9, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – 3rd Rifle
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – 4th Rifle
Nov 23, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Late Plains Rifle
Units: 87-139, 141-147, east of I-25.
Dec 1, 2022 Dec 14, 2022
Deer
Deer – 3rd Plains Archery
Units: 87-139, 141-145, east of I-25.
Dec 15, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Dove
Mourning Dove and White-Winged Dove
Statewide. Eurasian-collared dove ONLY can be hunted year-round.
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 29, 2022
Duck
Duck – Teal
Lake and Chaffee counties, and all areas east of I-25.
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – Eastern Zone
See regulations for zone boundaries.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 13, 2023
Duck
Duck – Western Zone 1
West of Continental Divide not included in the Eastern Zone.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 18, 2022
Duck
Duck – Mountain/Foothills Zone 1
West of I-25 and east of Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.
Oct 1, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Northeast Zone 1
East of I-25 and North of I-70.
Oct 8, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – Southeast Zone
East of I-25 and south of I-70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.
Oct 28, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Western Zone 2
West of Continental Divide not included in the Eastern Zone.
Nov 6, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Northeast Zone 2
East of I-25 and North of I-70.
Dec 18, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Mountain/Foothills Zone 2
West of I-25 and east of Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties.
Dec 25, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Elk
Elk – Archery
West of I-25 and Unit 140.
Sep 2, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Elk
Elk – Muzzleloader
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Elk
Elk – 1st Rifle
Separate limited elk.
Oct 15, 2022 Oct 19, 2022
Elk
Elk – 2nd Rifle
Combined elk and deer.
Oct 29, 2022 Nov 6, 2022
Elk
Elk – 3rd Rifle
Combined elk and deer.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Elk
Elk – 4th Rifle
Combined limited elk and deer.
Nov 23, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Goat
Mountain Goat
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location. See hunt tables and maps for details, pages 7–11 in sheep and goat regulation pdf. Some licenses are valid only for specific dates
Sep 6, 2022 Oct 31, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Goose Conservation Order
East of I-25. NOTE: The 2022-2023 Colorado Small Game and Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Brochure comes out in August annually. Season dates and fees are updated below at this time. https://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/WaterfowlDatesFees.aspx
Feb 14, 2022 Apr 30, 2022
Goose
Goose – Early Pacific
West of the Continental Divide.
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway San Luis Valley Season 1
Dark Goose. Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla and Rio Grande counties, and the parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale, Mineral, Saguache and San Juan counties east of the Continental Divide.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 19, 2022
Goose
Goose – Pacific Flyway Eastern Zone
Check regulations for zone definition.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 4, 2023
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway South Park Season 1
Dark Goose. : Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 13, 2023
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway North Park Season
Dark Goose.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 13, 2023
Goose
Goose – Pacific Flyway Western Zone 1
West of the Continental Divide not included in Eastern Zone.
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 9, 2022
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway South Park Season 2
Light Goose. : Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties.
Oct 29, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway North Park Season 2
Jackson County. Light Goose.
Oct 29, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – San Luis Valley Season 3
Light Goose. Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla and Rio Grande counties, and the parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale, Mineral, Saguache and San Juan counties east of the Continental Divide.
Oct 29, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway Regular Season 2
Light Goose. East of the Continental Divide, except areas designated as part\nof the special seasons below that include: Northern Front Range,\nNorth Park, San Luis Valley and South Park.
Oct 29, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – Central Flyway Regular Season 1
Dark Goose. East of the Continental Divide, except areas designated as part\nof the special seasons below that include: Northern Front Range,\nNorth Park, San Luis Valley and South Park.
Oct 31, 2022 Feb 12, 2023
Goose
Goose – Pacific Flyway Western Zone 2
West of the Continental Divide not included in Eastern Zone.
Nov 6, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Grouse
Dusky (Blue) Grouse
West of I-25 only.
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 28, 2022
Grouse
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Only GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214 and 441
Sep 1, 2022 Sep 19, 2022
Grouse
Sage Grouse (Season 2)
Only GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161, 171 (North Park)
Sep 11, 2022 Sep 12, 2022
Grouse
Sage Grouse (Season 1)
GMUs 2, 3, 11, 13, 18 except east of Colo. 125 in Grand County, 27, 28 except north and east of Grand CR 50 (Church Park Rd.) and U.S. 40, 37, 181, 201, 211, 301 and 441.
Sep 11, 2022 Sep 17, 2022
Moose
Moose – Muzzleloader
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 18, 2022
Moose
Moose – Archery
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 30, 2022
Moose
Moose – Rifle
Oct 1, 2022 Oct 14, 2022
Pheasant
Pheasant (West)
West of I-25
Nov 13, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Pheasant
Pheasant (East)
East of I-25
Nov 13, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail (Season 3)
West of I-25 except those areas west of I-25 in Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Nov 13, 2022 Jan 2, 2023
Quail Game Type
Quail (Season 1)
East of I-25 and south of I-70 from I-25 to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas, and the parts of the following counties that are west of I-25: Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Nov 13, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Sheep
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location. See hunt tables and maps for details, pages 7–11 in sheep and goat regulation pdf. Some licenses are valid only for specific dates.
Aug 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Sheep
Desert Bighorn Sheep
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location. See hunt tables and maps for details, pages 7–11 in sheep and goat regulation pdf. Some licenses are valid only for specific dates.
Nov 1, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location.
Apr 9, 2022 May 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location.
Sep 1, 2022 Oct 28, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Late Season
Hunt dates vary by license type and hunt location.
Dec 15, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Upland Bird
Chukar Partridge
Sep 1, 2022 Nov 30, 2022
Upland Bird
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Season 2)
Only GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Sep 11, 2022 Nov 28, 2022
Upland Bird
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Season 1)
Statewide except GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Sep 11, 2022 Oct 3, 2022
Upland Bird
Greater Prairie Chicken
Only GMUs 93, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 103, and 109, and all of Morgan Co., and those portions E of Colo. 71, and S of Colo. 14 and Hwy. 138.
Oct 1, 2022 Jan 31, 2023

Colorado Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Colorado hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Colorado hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Colorado hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of game management units, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Colorado.

Game Management Units

Colorado is divided into 185 game management units (GMUs), 93 of which offer over-the-counter (OTC) second and third rifle season hunting licenses. Altogether there are four separate rifle seasons, with the first and fourth being draw-only tags. Click below to view Colorado game management units in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

CO Private Lands Preview

CO Private Lands

Over 2,100,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Colorado. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

CO Gov Lands Preview

CO Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 29,000,000 acres in Colorado to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

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CO GMUs

Colorado Big Game, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat Game Management Units. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

Includes 3 Sublayers

  • Big Game Mgmt Units
  • Bighorn Sheep Mgmt Units
  • Mtn. Goats Mgmt Units
CO Possible Access Preview

CO Possible Access

onX has mapped 89,000 acres of possible access lands in Colorado including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.

CO Walk In Access Preview

CO Walk In Access

Colorado Parks and Wildlife WalkIn Access Lands show CRP grasslands, sandsage, cholla rangelands, and cultivated cropland. All hunters are expected to know the rules of the program

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CO Species Activity

Big Game Migration and Species Data for the State of Colorado.

Includes 9 Sublayers

  • Elk
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Black Bear
  • Moose
  • Mountain Goat
  • Mule Deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Turkey


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