Introduction to Colorado Hunting: Small Game and Waterfowl

Introduction to Colorado Hunting: Small Game and Waterfowl

Introduction to Colorado Hunting: Small Game and Waterfowl

The hunt for small game and waterfowl adds variety to the plethora of Colorado hunting experiences. When marketing alpine ranches for sale we often accentuate the extraordinary big game hunting. Go to the meadows and rolling foothills of the ranches in Colorado and think about small game and waterfowl hunting. Hunters find plenty of adventure, along with the opportunity to learn skills.Colorado Hunting

Find a Hunting Season

Small game season of one kind or another is open from August through February. The season opens with coyote and the Wyoming ground squirrel moving into marmot. By October rabbit, fox, fine squirrel seasons open, followed by badger, fox, mink, skunk in November. Bobcat season is in December. Bird seasons begin September 1 with dove season and end in January. For exact dates, visit cpw.state.co .us/Regulations or call (303) 291-7526 for help planning your hunt.

Hunter Education

Persons younger than 70 must take Hunter Education certification. It is available in classrooms and online. If you are already certified from out-of-state, your certificate is valid for Colorado hunting. Some groups such as military can test out of the course. Apprentice Certificates are also available. Visit cpw.state.co.us/HunterEd.

Select a Species

Decide on a small-game species and learn about the hunting regulations involved. Descriptions and locations are outlined in the brochures available where licenses are sold and online at cpw.state.co .us.

Places to Hunt

In Colorado, small-game habitat extends from the fields of the Eastern Plains to river bottoms and mountainsides. Every location presents its own challenges. In addition to private ranches in Colorado, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife manages hunting on public lands. CPW offers walk-in access on some registered private lands. These are marked with signs. Be sure to obtain maps and brochures of these areas.

Firearms and Archery Equipment

Legal methods for Colorado hunting include a variety of firearms such as a shotgun and small-caliber rifle as well as archery equipment. Learning about these introduces novice hunters to sound safety measures. The law regulates the type of method for each species.

Small Game Checklist

So, it is time to hustle to get in on the 2019 season. Colorado Parks & Wildlife published the following checklist to get you started.

  • Hunter education
  • Small-game license
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP)
  • Waterfowl stamps (state and federal)
  • Regulation brochure (S)
  • Essential gear
  • Market on your family calendar

Colorado Ranch Real Estate Brokers

To find out about hunting ranches for sale in Colorado, call Dave Harrigan or Hunter Harrigan at Harrigan Land Company at (800) 524-1818. As avid outdoorsmen, we specialize large ranch and recreational properties in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah.

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