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5-Year Big Game Season Structure
5-Year Big Game Season Structure
Elk Herd

In January 2023, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is launching the planning process for the 2025-2029 Big Game Season Structure.

Please see the Final Approved 2020-2024 Big Game Season Structure for more detail on the current big game season structure. 



What's the purpose of the Big Game Season Structure Process?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) uses a five-year Big Game Season Structure (BGSS) as a framework for annual big game hunting regulations. 

Establishes a 5-year big game hunting framework:

  • What types of hunting opportunities will be available.
  • When opportunities will be available.
  • Where opportunities will be available.
  • How the opportunities will be divided amongst methods of take.

What's the proposed ​process look like for 2025-2029 BGSS planning?

Big game season structure timline 2022-2024 phase I-VI

Big game management in Colorado is built on several planning processes, all of which are approved by the Commission:

  • 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.

  • BGSS policies define a framework for achieving HMP objectives through a ​variety of hunting opportunities and seasons. ​

Public Input 

During this process the public will have several opportunities to share their ideas and input on how CPW can improve season structure. This critical feedback helps shape how CPW conserves and manages our herds into the future.

CPW 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 to inform decisions on season structure approval.

In-person and virtual meetings are anticipated​​​​ in the summer of 2023. Meeting dates and times will be posted on the BGSS Engage CPW webpage​ once finalized. 

Hunters and affected communities are encouraged to share their comments about BGSS with the Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWC). For information on how to share written or oral comments with the PWC please see the Submit Public Comments webpage. To receive email updates about the PWC and other relevant topics please complete the Email Updates Form.

2020-2024

2015-2019

2010-2014

View the 2010-2014 Season Structure General Dates