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Small Game Dates and Fees
Small Game Dates and Fees
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​​​​​​​​​2019 - 2020 Fees and Information

Hunting License Fees Changed with the 2019 Season. ​​Visit the Future Generations Act Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.​

For 2018-2019 fees, see the 2018 Small Game & Waterfowl brochure​. ​

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

Starting in 2019, 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 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 2019 HIP number through the HIP website​ or by calling and speaking with a live operator, 24 hours a day, at 1-866-COLOHIP (265-6447) before they can legally hunt. Although 2019 small game licenses go on sale March 1, HIP numbers for 2019 will not be available until April 1.​​ Learn more about the HIP program.

​​​​ Resident   Non-Resident  
Small game (includes furbearers)$29.75$81.75
Small game - 1 day$13.75$16.75
Small game - additional day$6.75
$6.75​​
​Small game - youth (under 18)$1​​.25​$1.25​
Small game & fishing combination$49.75
n/a
Furbearer only$29.75$81.75
​Colorado Waterfowl Stamp$10​$10​
​Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp ​                  (Duck Stamp, valid July 1-June 30 annually)$25​ ​​​$25​​ ​
Military with 60% or more disabilityFreen/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 $10 Habitat Stamp will be added to your first license purchase of the year (April 1 to March 31).

Habitat Stamp

​For individuals aged 18 through 64, a $10 Habitat Stamp is required with the first license purchase for the year (April 1 - March 31). 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 


​​​2019-2020 Season Dates  

The 2019-2020 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 license agents, CPW officesonline, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613​.

Chukar ​partridgeSept. 1 - Nov. 30Statewide
Cr​owNov. 1  - end of Feb.​ 2020
Statewide; NOTE: Recorded
or electronically-amplified calls may be used during this season.
Doves: mo​urning dove and white-winged dove
Sept. 1 - Nov. 29Statewide
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 - Jan. 5, 2020
Only GMUs 93, 97, 98, 100, 101 and 102
Grouse: Dusky (Blue)
Sept. 1 - Nov. 17
West of I-25 only
Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use

Season 1:
Sept. 14-20
Area: GMUs 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 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. 14-15
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 - 15

AREA: Only GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214 and 441
PheasantNov. 9 - Jan. 31, 2020
East of I​-25
Nov. 9 - Jan. 5, 2020​West of I-25
Quail:  Northern bobwhite, Gambel's & scaled



Season 1: 
Nov. 9 - Jan. 31, 2020
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, NEW -El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Season 2:
Nov. 9 - Jan. 5, 2020
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. 9 - Jan. 5, 2020
AREA: West of I-25 except those areas west of I-25 in Pueblo, Fremont, Huerfano,NEW - El Paso and Las Animas counties.
Sandhi​ll craneOct. 5 - Dec. 1

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

Sora and Virginia railSept. 1 - Nov. 9Statewide
TealSept. 8 - 16In Lake and Chaffee counties and all areas east of I-25
White-tailed ptarmigan



Season 1:
Sept. 14 - Oct. 6
AREA: Statewide except GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Season 2:
Sept. 14 - Nov. 17
AREA: Only GMUs 44, 45, 53, 54, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 74-81, 444 and 751
Wilson's snipe​Sept. 1 - Dec. 16Statewide​​

Small Game Animals

Dates

Units

Ab​ert's squirrelsNov. 15 - Jan. 15, 2020
Statewide
Be​aver​Oct. 1 - April 30, 2020
​Statewide
Bo​bcat​Dec. 1 - end of Feb. 2020
​Statewide; See the Small Game Brochure​ for "Bobcat Seals" info.
Common snapping turtle​Apr. 1 - Oct. 31​Statewide
Cottontails, snowshoe hare, white-tailed ​& black-tailed jackrabbits​Oct. 1 - end of Feb. 2020
Statewide
Coy​ote​Year-round​Statewide
Fox & p​ine squirrelsOct. 1 - end of Feb. 2020
Statewide
MarmotAug. 10 - Oct. 15, annually
Statewide
Prairie dogs: Black-tailed, white-tailed​ & Gunnison's June 15 - end of Feb. 2020
Public land 
Year-roundPrivate land
​Prairie rattlesnake​Jun. 15 - Aug. 15, annually
​Statewide
Wyoming (Richardson's) ground squirrelYear-roundStatewide
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. 2020
Statewide

Hawking/Falconry

Dates

Units

Cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, white-tailed & black-tailed jackrabbitSept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
Statewide
Ch​ukar​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
​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, 2020
​Statewide
FurbearersDates coincide with established seasonsStatewide
​Grouse: Dusky (Blue)​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
​West of I-25
​Grouse: Greater sage-gro​use​Sept. 1 - Jan. 31, 2020
AREA: GMUs 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 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, 2020
GMUs 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 131, 211, 214, 441
​Pheasant​Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
​Statewide
Quail: Northern bobwhite, scaled & Gambel'sSept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
Statewide
White-tailed ptarmigan
Sept. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020
​Statewide​


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