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Rules & Regs
Rules & Regs
Dave Harper, district wildlife manager from Dolores, holds a Samson-class deer rack poached illegally.

​​​Colorado Parks and Wildlife is charged by state statute to protect, preserve, enhance and manage the wildlife resources of the state and to provide a quality state park system. Wildlife management objectives such as determining the numbers and types of wildlife taken, and providing opportunities to hunt, fish, or engage in other wildlife and outdoor-related recreation are realized through the creation of regulations by the Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Enforcement of season dates, bag limits, license requirements, off-highway vehicles, boating and Parks rules are part of the Law Enforcement section. Without wildlife and parks management, Colorado’s abundant and diverse wildlife populations and recreational opportunities would not exist.

Colorado wildlife law generally prohibits the live possession of both native and exotic wildlife. However, special wildlife licenses can be issued which authorize the private possession of live wildlife for a limited number of particular purposes (such as rehabilitation, falconry, or scientific collection). 

You can find links to brochures and regulations below and can also review the state statutes that govern CPW​.  

 Special Wildlife Licenses


Colorado wildlife law generally prohibits the live possession of both native and exotic wildlife. However, Special Wildlife Licenses can be issued which authorize the private possession of live wildlife for a limited number of particular purposes. For more information, please visit the Special Wildlife Licenses pages

 Operation Game Thief

Operation Game Thief is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife program, which pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. You can call us toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT, Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact us via e-mail at game.thief@state.co.us​​.

 How are regulations created?

​The Parks and Wildlife Commission meets six scheduled times a year to consider changes in CPW regulations and policies. Public comments are welcome at any point, but are most effective before and during the Commission's first and second meetings. Working with CPW staff early in this process gives the Commission and CPW more time to review and consider your recommendations.

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 Operation Game Thief

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 Regulations Brochures