With more than 23 million acres of public land, Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin its annual big game harvest surveys mid-October. Each year from October through mid-February the CPW contracts with an outside firm to collect hunt and harvest information from deer, elk and pronghorn hunters. Individual hunters are asked a series of questions related to their experience.
Not all hunters are eligible to take the survey. Only those hunters who have been randomly selected and notified by the CPW are eligible.
Be sure to read the entire "what's new" page in the brochures before purchasing a license or hunting this fall.
Sheep & Goat Brochure
Big Game Brochure
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Mobile PDF app pinpoints your location on a map without the need for an internet or cell tower connection. Get PDF maps from CPW online Map Library, personalize maps using the Colorado Hunting and Fishing Atlas, USFS, USGS, or your favorite site. Go mobile! Whether you are hiking, hunting or fishing this app will be your guide in the backcountry.
Visit Colorado Outdoors Online to Learn more about CPW Mobile PDF.
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Closures: 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, it is your responsibility to learn about fires, closures alerts and plan alternative routes and areas to hunt. Check with local land management agencies (Forest Service, BLM, etc) before heading out.
For more information, including contact numbers, visit the
Fire, Road Closures and Alerts page.
Wildfires and Fire Restrictions: Colorado is currently facing drought conditions statewide. Wildfires and Fire Bans and Restrictions may affect your plans; please visit the
Colorado Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website for updates on active fires and a
clickable map of fire restrictions statewide.
CWD: Learn about
chronic wasting disease, mandatory testing areas & how you can help.
Report Mistakes: If you make a mistake, your best course of action is to contact an officer as soon as possible. Call the
nearest CPW office and they will assist you with finding the appropriate officer in your area. For after-hours emergencies, call the Colorado State Patrol at 303-239-4501.
While you will still be subject to penalties, they could be less severe if the officer determines that you are cooperative, that the error was not intentional, or that it was unavoidable given the circumstances.
Important Reminders Before Hunting.
An overview of big game, small game and waterfowl hunting on Colorado's public lands. Including National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, State Wildlife Areas, State Trust Lands, State Parks.
Find out what this means for hunters. For details about this alternative hunter safety color, please read the
Authorized Fluorescent Pink fact sheet.