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Rules and requirements

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Waters of Colorado are open to taking fish, amphibians, mollusks and crustaceans day and night, year-round, except as otherwise noted in CDOW’s fishing brochure.

Anyone over the age of 16 must posses a state fishing license, obtainable on CDOW’s website and from various local agents. The cost of a fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for non-residents. Five-day licenses are available to non residents for $21 and local residents can purchase a one-day license for $9. Fees include a 25¢ search and rescue fee. Seniors over the age of 64 are not required to posses a license.

Hunting Tips

When hunting, it is unlawful to:

– Have a loaded rifle or shotgun

in or on a motor vehicle

(Motor vehicle includes

motorcycles and ATVs).

– Hunt carelessly or discharge a

firearm or release an arrow in

a manner disregarding

human life or property.

– Hunt under the influence of

alcohol or controlled


– Use artificial light to hunt


– Use dogs or bait to hunt bears,

deer, elk, pronghorn, or

moose. (Bait means to put,

expose, deposit, distribute,

or scatter salt, minerals, grain,

animal parts, or other food

so as to constitute a lure,

attraction, or enticement for

big game on or over any area

where hunters are attempting

to take big game.

– Use poison, drugs, or explosives to hunt

or harass wildlife.

– Not make a reasonable attempt to

track and kill an animal you wounded.

If the animal goes on private property,

you must contact the landowner or

person in charge before pursuing it.

– Not wear at least 500 square inches

of solid daylight fluorescent orange

material above the waist on an

outer garment while hunting deer,

elk, pronghorn, bear, or moose during

a muzzleloading or rifle season. Part of

the fluorescent orange must be a hat or

head covering visible from all

directions. The DOW strongly

recommends wearing daylight

fluorescent orange clothes in the field

even if you’re not hunting.

– Leave an unattended fire that is not

completely extinguished.

– Fail to use wildlife meat for human

consumption. Internal organs are not

considered edible portions.

– Shoot from, across, or on a public road

with a firearm, bow, or crossbow.

People firing a bow, rifle, handgun, or

shotgun having a single slug must be

at least 50 feet from the centerline of

the road.

– Party hunt, which means to kill

someone else’s game or allow

someone to kill your game.

– Interfere with hunters. That includes, but

is not limited to, alarming, distracting,

or frightening prey; causing prey to

flee by using light or noise; chasing prey

on foot or by vehicle; throwing objects;

making movements; harassing hunters

by using threats or actions; erecting

barriers to deny access to hunting

areas; and intentionally injecting

yourself into the line of fire.

Violators face criminal prosecution and may have to pay damages to the victim, as well as court costs.

Source: Colorado Division of Wildlife,

All hunters in Colorado over the age of 16 must possess a license and anyone born after 1949 must also have proof of a hunter education course.

Colorado’s various hunting seasons begin in late August for archers and in September for rifle hunters.

Most hunting license are allocated through a lottery system. For in-state residents, they range in cost from $31 (deer) to $251 (Moose). To apply or in some cases, to obtain an over-the counter license, visit a local agent or call (303) 297-1192.

Hunting big game without a license can incur fines ranging from $700 to $1000.

Colorado Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Courses are offered throughout the year and throughout the state.

Courses can be taken in a traditional classroom setting, on the internet, as a home study, or as a CRASH course. (CRASH courses are intended primarily for non-residents.) Some courses are offered especially for women and youth.

The Division of Wildlife furnishes hunter education manuals, equipment, and ammunition for its courses, the fee for which may not exceed $10. The fee for crash courses may not exceed $20.

Valid hunter education cards from out of state will be honored in Colorado if they can be verified. Certifications from other countries may also be accepted.

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