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Small Game Dates and Fees
Small Game Dates and Fees
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​​​​​​​​​2021 - 2022 Fees and Information

NEW for 2021: To hunt furbearers (except coyote) beginning with the March 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022 (13 months) annual license year, hunters will need to purchase EITHER:

  • ​a furbearer license (to harvest furbearers only), or;
  • a small-game license AND the new annual furbearer harvest permit. This will allow hunters to hunt all small-game and furbearer species.
If a hunter only wants to hunt small game and isn't interested in hunting furbearers, they will purchase a small-game license only.


NEW for 2021: Live operator phone registrations at 1-866-COLO-HIP are no longer offered during the overnight hours from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The live operator system is also closed all day on major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). During these out-of-service periods, please call back during open service times (7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.), or go to the HIP websiteand register online, still available 24/7.


NEW for 2021: CPW's price for the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp, required for waterfowl hunters along with the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp, has been increased from $25 to $31 as of July 1, 2021.


NEW for 2021: For the greater prairie-chicken, there is now a daily bag limit of 2 birds, with an annual possession limit of 6 (formerly 2 birds a year). The season closing date has been extended to Jan. 31, and the hunting area has been expanded to include GMUs 103, 109, Morgan Co. and the South Platte River.


NEW for 2021:
 GMU 10 in NW Colorado is closed to greater sage-grouse hunting until there are increased male lek counts in the unit.


NEW for 2021: The Small Game & Waterfowl brochure is now available online in Spanish! Click the link at right. (¡El folleto de Caza Menor y Aves Acuáticas ya está disponible en línea en español! Haga clic en el enlace de la derecha.)


For more information, see the 2021 Small Game & Waterfowl brochure​. ​


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Big Game Hunting Qualifying Licenses

All applicants, including youth ages 12-17, must purchase a qualifying license​ prior to applying for the big-game draw. ​Qualifying licenses include​​: spring turkey, annual small game, annual resident combination small game/fishing, senior annual resident combination small game/fishing and veteran's lifetime resident combination small game/fishing.​

Harvest Information Program (HIP)

Hunters planning to use their small game license to hunt, including migratory birds, or trap (not just as a qualifying license for the big game draw) will need to obtain their 2021 HIP number through the HIP website​ or by calling and speaking with a live operator at 1-866-COLOHIP (265-6447), available 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., before they can legally hunt.

Although 2021 small game licenses go on sale March 1, HIP numbers for 2021 will not be available until April 1.​​ Learn more about the HIP program.

​​​​
Resident   Non-Resident  
Small game
$30.87
$84.96
Small game - 1 day$14.23
$17.35
Small game - additional day$6.95
$6.95​​
​Small game - youth (under 18)$1​​.29​$1.29​
Small game & fishing combination$51.68
n/a
​Senior small game & fishing combination​$30.50
n/a​
Furbearer only
$30.87
$84.96
NEW​ Furbearer harvest permit
​$10
$10​
​Colorado Waterfowl Stamp$10.40
$10.40​
​Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp ​                  (Duck Stamp, valid July 1-June 30 annually)$31​ ​​​$31​​ ​
Veteran lifetime small game & fishing combination (60% or more disability)
Freen/a
​Band-tailed pigeon permit$5
​$5

Prices (except for youth and stamps) include .25-cent search-and-rescue fee and $1.50 ​Wildlife Council​ surcharge. 

A 2021 Habitat Stamp for $10.40 will be added to your first license purchase of the year: March 1 to March 31 (13 months).

Habitat Stamp

​For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10.40 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (March 1 - March 31 of the following year). If you have a 2021 Habitat Stamp, you can still hunt the applicable 2021 small-game seasons through March 31, 2022. The 2022 Habitat Stamp will allow you to hunt the applicable small-game seasons March 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023. For more information, read about the Habitat Stamp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See the disabili​ty accessibility​ page for more information. ​

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp 


​​​2021-2022 Season Dates   

The 2021-2022 Small Game and Waterfowl Regulation Brochure, including season dates, will be available in August. ​​

​*Click on species name for more information*  

​​Birds​

Dates

Units/Info

Band-ta​iled pige​onSept. 1 – ​​14

Statewide; NOTE: permit required through HIP. Beginning in the 2016 season, a band-tailed pigeon permit will be required in addition to the small game license. The permit can be purchased for $5.00 at sales agents, CPW officesonline, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613​.

Chukar ​partridge
Sept. 1 - Nov. 30
Statewide
Cr​owNov. 1  - end of Feb.​ 2022
Statewide; NOTE: Recorded
or electronically-amplified calls may be used during this season.
Doves: mo​urning dove and white-winged dove
Sept. 1 - Nov. 29
Statewide
Eurasian-collared dove ONLY Year-roundStatewide; See the Small Game & Waterfowl Brochure​for species ID transit instructions
​​European starlings, English or house sparrows​Year-round​Statewide
Greater prairie-chic​ken​Oct. 1 -
NEW Jan. 31, 2022
Only GMUs 93, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, NEW103 and 109, and all of Morgan Co., and those portions E of Colo. 71, and S of Colo. 14 and Hwy. 138.
Grouse: Dusky (Blue)
Sept. 1 - Nov. 28
West of I-25 only
Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use

Season 1:
Sept. 11-17
Area: GMUs 2, 3, 11, 13, 18 except east of Colo. 125 in Grand County, 27, 28 except north and east of Grand CR 50 (Church Park Rd.) and U.S. 40, 37, 181, 201, 211, 301 and 441.

Season 2:
Sept. 11-12
Area: Only GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161, 171 (North Park)

See the Small Game & Waterfowl Brochure​ for details
Grouse: Mountain sharp-tailed gr​ouse
(Also known as Columbian sharp-tailed grouse
Sept. 1 - 19

AREA: Only GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214 and 441
Pheasant
Nov. 13 - Jan. 31, 2022
East of I​-25
Nov. 13 - Jan. 2, 2022
West of I-25
Quail:  Northern bobwhite, Gambel's & scaled



Season 1: 
Nov. 13 - Jan. 31, 2022
AREA: East of I-25 and south of I-70 from I-25 to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas, and the parts of the following counties that are west of I-25: Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Season 2:
Nov. 13 - Jan. 2, 2022
AREA: East of I-25 and north of I-70 from I-25 east to Byers and Hwy. 36 from Byers to Kansas.
Season 3:
Nov. 13 - Jan. 2, 2022
AREA: West of I-25 except those areas west of I-25 in Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano, El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Sandhi​ll craneOct. 3 - Nov. 29

AREA: East of the Continental Divide except North Park (Jackson County) and San Luis Valley.

Sora and Virginia railSept. 1 - Nov. 9Statewide
TealSept. 11 - 19
In Lake and Chaffee counties and all areas east of I-25
White-tailed ptarmigan



Season 1:
Sept. 11 - Oct. 3
AREA: Statewide except GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Season 2:
Sept. 11 - Nov. 28
AREA: Only GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Wilson's snipe​Sept. 1 - Dec. 16
Statewide​​

Small Game Animals

Dates

Units

Ab​ert's squirrelsNov. 15 - Jan. 15, 2022
Statewide
Be​aver​Oct. 1 - April 30, 2022
​Statewide
Bo​bcat​Dec. 1 - end of Feb. 2022
​Statewide; See the Small Game Brochure​ for "Bobcat Seals" info.
Common snapping turtle​Apr. 1 - Oct. 31, annually
​Statewide
Cottontails, snowshoe hare, white-tailed ​& black-tailed jackrabbits​Oct. 1 - end of Feb. 2022
Statewide
Coy​ote​Year-round​Statewide
Fox & p​ine squirrelsOct. 1 - end of Feb. 2022
Statewide
MarmotAug. 10 - Oct. 15, annually
Statewide
Prairie dogs: Black-tailed, white-tailed​ & Gunnison's June 15 - end of Feb. 2022
Public land 
Year-roundPrivate land
​Prairie rattlesnake​Jun. 15 - Aug. 15, annually
​Statewide
Wyoming (Richardson's) ground squirrelYear-round
Statewide
Badger, Mink, Pine Marten, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Swift Fox, Raccoon, Ring-Tailed Cat, Striped Skunk, Western Spotted Skunk, Long-Tailed Weasel, Short-Tailed Weasel, Opossum, MuskratNov. 1 - end of Feb. 2022
Statewide

Hawking/Falconry

Dates

Units

Cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, white-tailed & black-tailed jackrabbitSept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
Statewide
Ch​ukar​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
​Statewide
Ducks, gee​se, merganser, coots, Sora and Virginia rail, band-tailed pigeondoves, Wilson's snipe, cro​wDates coincide with established seasons
NOTE: Falconry bag and possession limits are not in addition to gun bag limits.
European starling, English or house sparrowYear-roundStatewide
​Fox & pin​e squirrels​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
​Statewide
FurbearersDates coincide with established seasonsStatewide
​Grouse: Dusky (Blue)​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
​West of I-25
​Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use​Sept. 1 - Jan. 31, 2022
AREA: GMUs 2, 3, 11, 13, 18 except that portion of unit 18 east of Colo. 125 in Grand County, 27, 28 except that portion of GMU 28 north and east of Grand CR 50 (Church Park Rd.) and U.S. 40, 37, 181, 201, 211, 301 and 441; and in North Park (GMUs 6, 16, 17, 161 and 171)
​Grouse: Mountai​n sharp-tailed 
(Also known as Columbian sharp-tailed grouse​
​Sept. 1 - Jan. 31, 2022
GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214, 441
​Pheasant​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
​Statewide
Quail: Northern bobwhite, scaled & Gambel'sSept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
Statewide
White-tailed ptarmigan
Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2022
​Statewide​


See the Small Ga​me Brochure​​ for bag and possession limits and more information.