Whether you’re a beginner who is planning your first hunt or a more experienced waterfowler who has been away from the duck blind for a while,
visit Colorado Outdoors Online for tips and strategies that will help you have a more enjoyable and successful season.
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 Colorado 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.
Central & Pacific Flyways
There are four administrative flyways in North America. Colorado is a member of both the Central and Pacific Flyways. Each Flyway Council is comprised of a representative of agencies responsible for migratory bird management in each member state, province or territory. Since the Flyway Council is the principal mechanism for dialog between the states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on migratory bird issues (including annual migratory game bird hunting regulations), each Council selects two of its members to carry and discuss its recommendations in a consultation process with the FWS. This process includes representatives from all flyways and frequently leads to the Service making proposals for the general public to comment on.
Flyways website is packed with news, updates, harvest management information, and scientific data from the FWS and Canadian Wildlife Service. It provides links to Flyway websites and has other features like those listed below.
initial assessments of waterfowl breeding habitat conditions in new video segments
aerial photos chronicling surveys
interactive maps to find bird banding and recovery sites
email tool for submitting questions about duck, goose, and swan hunting management to field experts
Report Birds with Federal Bands
If you have found or harvested a banded bird, please report it at
reportband.gov. You'll need the band number, or numbers, if the bird has more than one band. You'll also need to know where, when and how you recovered the bird. Your contact information will be requested in case there are any questions. The U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Bird Banding Lab will send you a certificate of appreciation that includes information about the sex, age and species of the bird, and where and when it was banded. You can keep the band. Although most bands are inscribed with a 1-800 number, as of July 2, 2017, reports can only be submitted via
Federal Regulations for Migratory Bird Hunters
Game bird hunters should be sure to read United States Fish and Wildlife Service's federal regulations for hunting migratory birds, which contains a need-to-know terms, a list of illegal hunting methods and links to additional information on refuge specific regulations. Note: When state law differs from Federal law, the hunter must comply with the most restrictive law.
Waterfowl and other migratory birds are a national resource protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Federal and State regulations help ensure that these birds continue to thrive while providing hunting opportunities.
Federal baiting regulations define key terms for hunters and land managers, and clarify conditions under which you may legally hunt waterfowl. As a waterfowl hunter or land manager, it is your responsibility to know and obey all Federal and State laws that govern the sport. State regulations can be more restrictive than Federal regulations. Waterfowl baiting regulations apply to ducks, geese, swans, coots, and cranes.
Federal regulations are more restrictive for waterfowl hunting than for hunting doves and other migratory game birds. You should carefully review the Federal regulations. See the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Waterfowl Hunting and Baiting web page for more information.