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:
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.
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.
View the 2010-2014 Season Structure General Dates