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Mandatory Hunt Reporting
Mandatory Hunt Reporting
Two Bighorn sheep rams in the brush.

Hunters with licenses for a bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, black bear, mountain lion, or bobcat are required to bring in the animal for an inspection by a CPW employee.

Read the information and instructions for reporting for each species below.

  • COVID19 Related changes: check back prior to going hunting for the latest updates.

Bighorn Sheep

For detailed information on hunting bighorn sheep in Colorado, see the Sheep & Goat brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not hunt or turned in your license.
  • What if I did not harvest? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not harvest.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: on or before 5th business day after harvest
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, horns and skull must be intact, Mandatory Report Form
    • What will happen during the inspection: 
      • hunter provides: days hunted, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect horn measurements along with hunt and harvest information, and complete Mandatory Report Form
    • Proof of inspection: CPW personnel will place a permanent plug in one of the horns

Mountain Goat

For detailed information on hunting mountain goats in Colorado, see the Sheep & Goat brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not hunt or turned in your license.
  • What if I did not harvest? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not harvest.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: on or before 5th business day after harvest
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, horns and skull must be intact, Mandatory Report Form
    • What will happen during the inspection:
      • hunter provides: days hunted, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect horn measurements along with hunt and harvest information, and complete Mandatory Report Form
    • Proof of inspection: none

Moose

For detailed information on hunting moose in Colorado, see the Big Game brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not hunt or turned in your license.
  • What if I did not harvest? You are still required to submit a completed mandatory report within 30 days after the close of the season even if you did not harvest.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: on or before 5th business day after harvest
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, head with antlers naturally attached, lower jaw, Mandatory Report Form
    • What will happen during the inspection: 
      • hunter provides: days hunted, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect antler measurements along with hunt and harvest information, a tooth for aging and complete Mandatory Report Form
  • Proof of inspection: none

Black Bear

For detailed information on hunting black bears in Colorado, see the Big Game brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt? There are no further requirements regarding your black bear hunt.
  • What if I did not harvest? There are no further requirements regarding your black bear hunt.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: on or before 5th business day after harvest
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, head and hide (unfrozen) - we recommend placing a stick in the animal’s mouth before rigor mortis sets in to allow access to the tooth
    • What will happen during the inspection:
      • hunter provides: days hunted, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect a tooth for aging along with hunt and harvest information, and complete Mandatory Report Form
  • Proof of inspection: CPW personnel will place a seal through the bear’s hide

Mountain Lion

For detailed information on hunting mountain lions in Colorado, see the Mountain Lion brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt? There are no further requirements regarding your mountain lion hunt.
  • What if I did not harvest? There are no further requirements regarding your mountain lion hunt.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: harvest must be reported to CPW within 48 hours of take, lion must be presented for inspection within 5 days of take
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, head and hide (unfrozen) - we recommend placing a stick in the animal’s mouth before rigor mortis sets in to allow access to the tooth
    • What will happen during the inspection: 
      • hunter provides: days hunted, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect a tooth for aging along with hunt and harvest information, and complete Mandatory Report Form
  • Proof of inspection: CPW personnel will place a seal through the bobcat’s hide

Bobcat

For detailed information on hunting bobcats in Colorado, see the Small Game & Waterfowl brochure.

  • What if I did not hunt/trap? There are no further requirements regarding your mountain lion hunt.
  • What if I did not harvest/trap? There are no further requirements regarding your mountain lion hunt.
  • What if I did harvest? You are required to bring your harvest in for inspection.
    • When you need to report by: on or before 5th business day after harvest
    • What to bring: hunter must be present at the inspection, bobcat pelt or whole animal
    • What will happen during the inspection: 
      • hunter provides: days hunted/trapping, harvest location (GMU and drainage), harvest date, manner of take
      • CPW will: collect hunt and harvest information, and complete Mandatory Report Form
  • Proof of inspection: CPW personnel will place a seal through the bobcat’s hide