Please see the CPW staff recommendations for the 2020-2026 BGSS for more detail.
CPW has carefully considered all the input received from the BGSS public meetings, telephone town halls, focus groups and two public comment forms to inform these recommendations. Through this process we heard from several thousand hunters, both resident and non-residents. We greatly appreciate your time and engagement in helping us inform the next Big Game Season Structure.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife uses a five-year BGSS as a framework for annual big game hunting regulations.
Establishes a 5-year big game hunting framework:
Herd Management Plans (HMPs) establish long-term objectives for big game species in specific geographic areas (Data Analysis Units) through a public process, using the best scientific information on populations and habitat conditions.
Annual license recommendations are set annually via regulation and are based on HMP objectives.
Big Game Season Structure (BGSS) policies define a framework for achieving HMP objectives through a variety of hunting opportunities and seasons.
During this process the public will have a lot of opportunities to share their ideas and input on how we can improve our season structure. This critical feedback helps shape how Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff conserve and manage our herds into the future.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife considers the public's comments with great care and looks at numerous options for making changes to the system. A summary of the public's input is presented to the Commission for final recommendations and adoption.
You can reach our Policy and Planning section with comments by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
View the 2010-2014 Season Structure General Dates.