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Youth Hunting on State Trust Lands
Youth Hunting on State Trust Lands

​​​General Provisions, Rules, and Descriptions

Ten State Trust Lands (STL) and State Wildlife Areas (SWA) are designated youth/mentor hunting areas. The diverse habitats represented enable youth to hunt deer, elk, rabbit, pheasant, turkey, sharp-tailed grouse, waterfowl, bobwhite, scaled quail, and dove. 

The property descriptions and restrictions, below, are as up-to-date as possible, but are provided here in shortened form. You should, therefore, review the State Recreational Lands Brochure. It is a good idea, too, to contact the property's local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office (included with the property description) to learn of any late changes or temporary restrictions. Note that all properties allow mentors to hunt along with youth.


  1. ​Closed 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, unless posted otherwise.

  2. Unless otherwise stated in the brochure, these regulations apply to State Trust Lands leased by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for wildlife recreation:

    • Closed March 1-Aug. 31, unless posted otherwise.
    • Open only to hunting, fishing and watchable wildlife.
    • Camping prohibited.
    • Target practice or shooting prohibited.
    • Youth mentor hunting and/or fishing means hunting or fishing by youths age 17 or younger who must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old.

Criteria Used for Prohibiting Activities

CPW may manage activities by posting signs, considering these criteria:​

  • Public safety.
  • Nearby calving or lambing areas.
  • Nearby corrals, loading chute or other livestock structures.
  • Nearby private buildings, such as outbuildings, houses, barns, storage sheds.
  • Nearby agricultural equipment.
  • Protection of roads or trails to prevent excessive damage.
  • Negative impacts on wildlife, livestock or agricultural products.
  • If area provides additional public benefits and is consistent with other agreements.

Atwood STL

GMU 96, Logan County, Brush CPW Office

Open: September 1–May 31. 

Hunting: mule deer, white-tailed deer, pheasant, quail, turkey, ducks, geese, rabbits, squirrels, furbearers.

Restrictions: Reservations required (800/846-9453) or via CPW Web site.

  • Hunting prohibited except Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Labor Day, Columbus Day (observed), Veterans Day (observed), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents’ Day.

  • Closed except for deer hunting on opening weekend of regular plains rifle deer season and opening day and first weekend of late plains rifle deer season.

Coal Bank Gulch STL

GMU 441, Routt County, Steamboat Springs CPW Office

Open: September 1–February 28. 

Hunting: elk, deer, sharp-tail grouse. 


  • Hunting with archery, muzzleloaders and rimfire rifles only.

  • Foot or horseback only off county roads.

  • Hunting prohibited except youths age 17 and younger and their mentors. Mentors must be 18 and comply with hunter education requirements. Mentors must accompany youths while hunting. Only one mentor per youth permitted.

Fly Gulch STL

GMU 214, Routt County, Steamboat Springs CPW Office​

Open: September 1–February 28. 

Huntingdeer, elk, small game. 


  • Open for youth mentor hunting only.

  • Foot or horseback only.

Oxbow STL

GMU 2, Moffat County, Meeker CPW Office

Open: August 15–February 28. 

Hunting: deer, elk, antelope, waterfowl, dove, rabbits, prairie dogs. 

Fishing: In Oxbow area only of Little Snake River. 


  • Watchable wildlife March 1-August 15 allowed only above the natural bluff 75 yards from water on the north edge of STL.

  • Open for youth mentor hunting, as posted. For information, call (970) 824-3046.​​