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Waterfowl Season Dates and Fees
Waterfowl Season Dates and Fees

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2022 - 2023 Fees and Information

NEW for 2022:​

The daily bag limits for ducks and mergansers taken in the Central Flyway (Northeast, Southeast and Mountain/Foothills zones) have been combined into one daily bag limit of 6 in aggregate. 

The daily bag limit for Canada geese taken in the Pacific Flyway in the Western and Eastern zones is now 5 instead of 4 for dark geese. The daily bag limit for the early Canada goose season in the Pacific Flyway is now 5 instead of 4 for all geese. ​

GMU 2​​​ in NW Colorado is closed to greater sage-grouse hunting until there are increased male lek counts in the unit.​


License and HIP Year 

Small-game licenses​ are available from any sales agent, CPW office,online, or by phone at 1-800-244-5613. 

The annual license and Harvest on Program (HIP) year are the same, beginning on April 1 annually and concluding March 31 annually.

If you intend to hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado, you need a new Harvest Information Program number. Register through ​the Harvest Information Program. ​​Note that 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. 

​​License Requirements

Hunters must have a small game license, youth small game or combination license, federal duck stamp and a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp​ to hunt waterfowl. ​​For more information on license requirements and waterfowl hunting, see the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure​.​


​2022 - 2023 Fees

​​​​​
ResidentNon-Resident
​Annual Habitat S​ta​mp
​$10.59
​$10.59
Small Game​
​$31.41
$86.50
Small Game (one day)
$14.46
$17.64
Small Game (additional d​​ay)$7.05
$7.05
Youth Small Game and Furbearer (under 18)$1.31
$1.31
Small Game and Fishing Combination$52.60​
n/a
Colorado Waterfowl Stamp$10.59
$10.59
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp)$31
$31
Veteran Lifetime Small Game and Fishing Combination (60% or more disability)​freen/a

Fees includes a .25 cent search & rescue fee, and a $1.50 Wildlife Council​ surcharge.


Habitat Stamp

​All annual licenses purchased for individuals ages 18-64 will have a Habitat Stamp applied at the time of purchase, if required.

Anyone buying a one-day or additional day license are exempt from the Habitat Stamp fee with the first two of these licenses. The Habitat Stamp fee will be assessed when a third license of this type is purchased.​

If you have a 2022 Habitat Stamp, you can hunt the 2022 light goose conservation order season through March 1, 2023. You will then need to purchase a 2023 Habitat Stamp for the rest of the 2023 season, April 1 - 30, 2023. 

​​​For more information, read about the Habitat Sta​mp. If you are disabled, you may not need a Habitat Stamp. See disability information.​​​​​

Options for purchasing licenses and a Habitat Stamp 


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2022 - 2023​​ Season Dates ​

​​Goose Seasons Regulations - Central Flyway


The Northern Front Range Zone for goose has been eliminated. It has been combined with the rest of the Central Flyway Zone.​​
Regular Season
 Dark Geese 10/31/22 - 2/12/23

Areas: East of Continental Divide, except areas designated as part of special seasons below that include: Northern Front Range, North Park,  South Park and San Luis Valley

 Light Geese 10/29/22 - 2/12/23

San Luis Valley Season  
 Dark Geese
10/1/22 - 10/19/22
11/19/22 - 2/12/23

Areas: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla and Rio Grande counties, and the parts of Archuleta, Hinsdale, Mineral, Saguache and San Juan counties east of the Continental Divide

 Light Geese
10/29/22 - 2/12/23

South Park Season
Dark Geese
10/1/22 - 1/13/23

​Areas: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and Teller counties
​Light Geese

10/29/22 - 2/12/23

North Park Season  
 Dark Geese10/1/22 - 1/13/23
Areas: Jackson County
 Light Geese10/29/22 - 2/12/23
 ​​

Light Goose Conservation
Order Season*

*see Habitat Stamp information below
2/13/23 - 4/30/23​
Areas: East of I-25

​Goose Season Regulations - Pacific Flyway

Early Canada Goose Season9/1/22 - 9/9/22
Areas: West of Continental Divide
   
Regular Season​​​ ​ ​
Western Zone ​
10/1/22 - 10/9/22;
11/6/22 - 1/31/23
Areas: West of Continental Divide not included in Eastern Zone
​Eastern Zone
10/1/22 - 1/4/23
​Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties, part of the Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of Continental Divide, and part of Gunnison County except the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley (GMUs 521, 53 and 63) and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line (Elkhead Reservoir State Park).​

​Duck & Coot Season Regulations - Central Flyway

Northeast Zone
10/8/22 - 11/27/22;
12/18/22 - 1/31/23
Areas: East of I-25 and north of I-70
Southeast Zone
10/28/22 - 1/31/23

Areas: East of I-25 and south of I-70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties

Mountain/Foothills Zone
10/1/22 - 11/27/22;
12/25/22 - 1/31/23
Areas: West of I-25 and east of Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and ​Las Animas counties
   

Duck & Coot Season Regulations - Pacific Flyway​​​​ ​ ​

Western Zone
10/1/22 - 10/18/22;
11/6/22 - 1/31/23
Areas: West of Continental Divide not included in the Eastern Zone
​​Eastern Zone
10/1/22 - 1/13/23
​Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and Pitkin
counties, part of the Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of Continental
Divide, and part of Gunnison County except
the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley
(GMUs 521, 53 and 63). 
 and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line
(Elkhead Reservoir State Park).​
   

​​​​September Teal ​Season


9/10/22 - 9/18/22​
Areas: Lake and Chaffee counties and all areas east of I-25

​ Youth, Veteran & Active Military Hunt Regulations - Central Flyway

Northeast Zone10/1/22 - 10/2/22
Areas: East of I-25 and north of I-70
Southeast Zone10/22/22 - 10/23/22

Areas: East of I-25 and south of I-70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties

Mountain/Foothills Zone9/24/22 - 9/25/22
Areas: West of I-25 and east of the Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties
   

​​​​Youth, Veteran & Active Military Hunt Regulations - Pacific Flyway​

​​Western Zone
​10/22/22 - 10/23/22
​Areas: West of Continental Divide​ not included in the Eastern Zone
​​Eastern Zone
9/24/22 - 9/25/22
Areas: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle and
Pitkin counties, part of the Saguache, San
Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties west of
Continental Divide, and part of Gunnison
County except the North Fork of the Gunnison
River Valley (GMUs 521, 53 and 63), and the part of Moffat Co. east of the northern intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line, south along CR 29 to the intersection of CR 29 with the Moffat-Routt Co. line (Elkhead Reservoir State
Park).

For bag limits, other special restrictions and more information, see the Small Game and Waterfowl Regulations Brochure​.