! ATTENTION HUNTERS !
For hunters whose hunting opportunity will be impacted by the various wildfires in the state, revised refund policies are now in place. If you hold a deer, elk, bear, turkey or sheep license for an upcoming 2020 hunting season in units impacted by the fires, you may be eligible for a refund and restoration of preference points (+1) if you choose to return your license.
Please see the following document which will be frequently updated for more details on wildfire impacts: Wildfire Refund Options
Natural events can affect your ability to access your traditional hunting grounds.
Fires, mudslides, tree mitigation and other events can occur anytime, closing campgrounds, roads and trails.
Before you head out, be sure to check with land management agencies for the latest information.
Public Roads and Trails
Public roads and trails provide the majority of access for hunters and other recreationists. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are in charge of road closures.
Contact the BLM or
the U.S. Forest Service for closure information in your area.
Please be aware that road closure information is subject to change daily. Be sure to contact the correct BLM and USFS offices not only while you are planning your hunt, but also as close to the day of your hunt as possible to ensure you can gain access to the area you plan to hunt.
The USFS and BLM close roads seasonally for many reasons. Some roads are closed to protect wildlife at critical times of the year; others are closed because they are not passable due to snow, snow drifts and ice or to protect the road bed.
Roads can be closed for natural causes and planned activities, such as:
Hunter alert: Closures of areas can change quickly (even daily or hourly) and your hunting destination or access route may be affected. Prior to license purchase, scouting or hunting, learn about closures and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt.
The information below is provided by InciWeb. InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. Information posted on this website is for information purposes only.
Some planned, or prescribed, burns occur during hunting seasons, which can lead to road closures. Finding a window for planned burns can be tough, but this short-term inconvenience can provide substantial long term benefits for wildlife and sportspeople. Fires help to clear dense brush, developing excellent habitat conditions for wildlife.
See the "Waiting for the Window" article from
Colorado Outdoors Magazine to learn more about the benefits of planned burns.