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Hunt Small Game
Hunt Small Game
December 2009 Youth Hunt at Stillroven Farm near Meade, Colorado.

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​​​​​​​​​What You Need To Buy A License

  1. Current and valid photo ID (Colorado identification must be issued at least 6 months prior to applying as a resident, see page 3 of the small game & waterfowl brochure)
  2. Proof of hunter education
  3. Habitat Stamp (see page 3 of the small game & waterfowl brochure)
  4. For residents, proof of residency (see page 2 of the small game & waterfowl brochure)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Obtaining HIP Numbers​

If you intend to hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado during the 2017/2018 season, you need a new Harvest Information Program number.

​The Harvest Information Program (HIP) will remain consistent for the 2017-18 seasons. Online sign ups will continue through the current Colorad​o HIP website due to unforeseen delays with the implementation of CPW’s new licensing system. Go to the HIP website or call 1-866-COLOHIP (265-6447) to begin the online registration process to obtain a new HIP number.

The 2017-18 HIP registration process is open. See the news release​ for more information.​​

2017 Colorado Pheasant and Quail Hunting Forecast

Colorado pheasant and quail hunters have plenty to be excited about when the 2017 season opens Nov. 11. This video provides a statewide forecast for upland hunters for pheasant and quail.

Colorado pheasant and quail forecast to see what's in store for upland hunters. For additional tips, visit Co​lorado Outdoors online and read Tips for Colorado Ph​easant Hunters​.

​WHAT'S NEW: 2017​​

Regulation Changes & New Information​

Small Game Quick Guide


5 Steps to the Hunt

  • NEW BROCHURE: To be more effective and efficient, we've combined the Small Game and Waterfowl brochures into one brochure. All of the information you'll need to hunt each of the species found in both brochures can now be found right here in one neat package.

  • LIVE TRAPS MUST BE LABELED: All live traps — limited to cage or box traps — placed on public lands must be labeled clearly with the trapper's Customer Identification number (CID), in a place that can be easily seen without needing to move the trap to see the label. Trappers who don't have a CID must legibly label the traps with the trapper's name. Labeling live traps helps protect trappers' equipment and their take. Live traps that aren't labeled properly may be confiscated by any Wildlife Officer.

  • MOURNING DOVE & WHITE-WINGED DOVE SEASON EXTENDED 20 DAYS: Hunt these two species of dove statewide in the now-extended 90-day season.

  • PINTAIL BAG LIMIT CHANGED: The daily bag limit for pintail in both the Central and Pacific flyways has been lowered from two ducks to one duck. 

  • EL PASO COUNTY ADDED TO QUAIL SEASON 1: Adding El Paso Co. to the first quail season, Nov. 11, 2017–Jan. 31, 2018, gives hunters in this area west of I-25 a longer season for quail hunting opportunities.​​

For more information, please see the new Small Game and Waterfowl brochure​.​

 Hunters: Be Aware of Tularemia Precautions

Tularemia fact sheet​​Incidents of tularemia, which primarily affects ​ra​bbits, beavers and other rodents, are higher than normal ​​this year. 

Find out what to look for, causes, transmission and health precautions by reading the tularemia fact sheet​​​.

 Reduce Potential Exposure to Lead in Game Meat

Pheasant hunter on walk-in access property​A North Dakota study has raised concerns about the potential risk of exposure to lead associated with eating wild game harvested with lead bullets. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Parks and Wildlife provide recommendations to minimize exposure to lead in wild game. Read more information and recommendations.​