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Small Game Dates and Fees
Small Game Dates and Fees

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​License and HIP Year

The annual license and Harvest Information Program (HIP) year are the same, beginning on April 1 annually and concluding March 31 annually.

2016-2017 small-game licenses​ are available from any license agent, CPW office, online, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613. 

If you intend to hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado during the 2016/2017 season, you need a new Harvest Information Program number. Register through ​the Harvest Information Program (HIP).​

2016-2017 Season Dates  ​

​*Click on species name for more information*  

​​BIR​​​​​​DS​​

Dates

Units/Info

Band-ta​iled pige​onSept. 1 – 14

Statewide; NOTE: permit required through HIP. Beginning in the 2016 season, a band-tailed pigeon permit will be required in addition to the small game license. The permit can be purchased for $5.00 at license agents, CPW officesonline, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613​.

Chukar ​partridgeSept. 1 - Nov. 30Statewide
Cr​owNov. 1  - end of Feb.​Statewide; NOTE: Recorded
or electronically-amplified calls may be used during this season
Doves: mo​urning dove and white-winged dove
Sept. 1 - Nov. 9Statewide
Eurasian-collared dove ONLY Year-roundStatewide; See the Small Game Brochure​ for species ID transit instructions
​​European starlings, English or house sparrows​Year-round​Statewide
Greater prairie-chic​ken​Oct. 1 - Jan. 1Only GMUs 93, 97, 98, 100, 101 and 102
Grouse: DuskySept. 1 - Nov. 20West of I-25 only
Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use

Season 1:
Sept. 10-11
Area: Only GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161, 171 (North Park)

Season 2:
Sept. 10-16
Area: GMUs 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 18 except east
of Colo. 125 in Grand County, 27, 28 except north and east of Grand CR 50 (Church Park Rd.), 37, 181, 201, 211, 301 and 441.

See the Small Game Brochure​ for details
Grouse: Mountain sharp-tailed gr​ouse
(Also known as Columbian sharp-tailed grouse
Sept. 1 - 18Only GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214, 441
PheasantNov. 12 - Jan. 31East of I​-25
Nov. 12 - Jan. 1​West of I-25
Quail:  Northern bobwhite, Gambel's & scaled



Nov. 12 - Jan. 1East of I-25 and north of I-70 from I-25 east to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas
Nov. 12 - Jan. 1West of I-25 except those areas west of I-25 in Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano and Las Animas counties
Nov. 12 - Jan. 31East of I-25 and south of I-70 from I-25 to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas, and parts of the following counties that are west of I-25: Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas
Sandhi​ll craneOct. 1 - Nov. 27East of the Continental Divide except North Park (Jackson County) and San Luis Valley.

NOTE: permit required through HIP

Sora and Virginia railSept. 1 - Nov. 9Statewide
TealSept. 10 - 18In Lake and Chaffee counties and all areas east of I-25
White-tailed ptarmigan



Sept. 10 - Oct. 2Statewide except GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Sept. 10 - Nov. 20Only GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Wilson's snipe​Sept. 1 - Dec. 16Statewide

Small Game Animals

Dates

Units

Ab​ert's squirrelsNov. 15 - Jan. 15Statewide
Be​aver​Oct. 1 - April 30​Statewide
Bo​bcat​Dec. 1 - end of Feb.​Statewide; See the Small Game Brochure​ for "bobcat seals" info.
Common snapping turtle​Apr. 1 - Oct. 31​Statewide
Cottontails, snowshoe hare, white-tailed ​& black-tailed jackrabbits​Oct. 1 - end of Feb.Statewide
Coy​ote​Year-round​Statewide
Fox & p​ine squirrelsOct. 1 - end of Feb.Statewide
MarmotAug. 10 - Oct. 15Statewide
Prairie dogs: Black-tailed, white-tailed​ & Gunnison's June 15 - end of Feb.Public land 
Year-roundPrivate land
​Prairie rattlesnake​Jun. 15 - Aug. 15 ​Statewide
Wyoming (Richardson's) ground squirrelYear-roundStatewide
Badger, Mink, Pine Marten, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Swift Fox, Raccoon, Ring-Tailed Cat, Striped Skunk, Western Spotted Skunk, Long-Tailed Weasel, Short-Tailed Weasel, Opossum, MuskratNov. 1 - end of Feb.Statewide

Hawking/Falconry

Dates

Units

Cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, white-tailed & black-tailed jackrabbitSept. 1 - Mar. 31Statewide
Ch​ukar​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31​Statewide
Ducks, gee​se, merganser, coots, Sora and Virginia rail, band-tailed pigeondoves, Wilson's snipe, cro​wDates coincide with established seasonsNOTE: Falconry bag and possession limits are not in addition to gun bag limits.
European starling, English or house sparrowYear-roundStatewide
​Fox & pin​e squirrels​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31​Statewide
FurbearersDates coincide with established seasonsStatewide
​Grouse: Dusky ​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31​West of I-25
​Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use​Sept. 1 - Jan. 31​GMUs 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 18 except that portion of unit 18 east
of Colo. 125 in Grand County, 27, 28 except that portion of GMU 28 north and east of Grand CR 50 (Church Park Rd.), 37, 181, 201, 211, 301 and 441.
​Grouse: Mountai​n sharp-tailed 
(Also known as Columbian sharp-tailed grouse​
​Sept. 1 - Jan. 31GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214, 441
​Pheasant​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31​Statewide
Quail: Northern bobwhite, scaled & Gambel'sSept. 1 - Mar. 31Statewide
White-tailed ptarmigan
Sept. 1 - Mar. 31
​Statewide​


See the Small Ga​me Brochure​​ for bag and possession limits and more information.

2016 - 2017 Fees 

​For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 - March 31). For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See the disabili​ty accessibility​ page for more information. 

​​​​ Resident Non-Resident
Small game (includes furbearers)$21$56
Small game - 1 day$11$11
Small game - additional day$5$5
​Small game - youth (under 18)$1​​.75$1.75
Small game & fishing combination$41n/a
Furbearer only$21$56
Military with 60% or more disability Freen/a
​Band-tailed pigeon permit$5​​$5

Fees include a $0.25 search & rescue fee, and a $0.75 Wildlife Council​​​ charge. A $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to your first license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp