Elk Hunting in Colorado

Colorado is a popular hunting destination for hunters around the country. Before hunting in Colorado, however, it is important to understand Colorado’s regulations. Big game hunting in Colorado is open to deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, and bear.

Planning Ahead: Licensing

The deadline to apply for hunting licenses in Colorado is in early April. You can buy and apply for licenses online at the Colorado Division of Wildlife webpage or  any of their seventeen office locations.

Elk hunting licenses range from $13.75 to $579 depending on your residency status, age, and intended hunting plans. The 2012 rates are as follows:

Draw (Limited)

  • Resident adult ……………………….. $46 …………….$3 …………….$49
  • Resident youth ………………………. $10.75 ……….$3 …………….$13.75
  • Nonresident bull ……………………. $576 …………..$3  ……………$579
  • Nonresident either-sex ………… $576 …………..$3  ……………$579
  • Nonresident cow …………………… $351 …………..$3 …………….$354
  • Nonresident youth ……………….. $100.75 ……..$3  ……………$103.75

Over-The-Counter

  • Resident adult ……………………….. $46 …………….  -   …………….$46
  • Resident youth ………………………. $10.75 ……….  -   …………….$10.75
  • Nonresident bull ……………………. $576 …………..  -   …………….$576
  • Nonresident either-sex ………… $576 …………..  -   …………….$576
  • Nonresident cow …………………… $351 …………..  -   …………….$351
  • Nonresident youth ……………….. $100.75 ……..  -   …………….$100.75

To purchase your license, you need:

  1. Current and valid photo ID
  2. Proof of hunter education
  3. For residents, proof of residency
  4. Habitat Stamp ($10 stamp required for any hunting or fishing license in Colorado)

Where You Can Hunt

Colorado has programs to hunt in both public and private lands. It is important that you follow all regulations to avoid trespassing and ensure you are hunting legally.

State wildlife area maps:
wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateWildlifeAreas/
Private lands Walk-in Access Program:
wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/SmallGame/WalkInAccess/
State Trust Lands Public Access Program:
wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/StateTrustLands/

If you are getting start with elk hunting in Colorado, start with the State Wildlife Area maps. Those areas give you access to over 300 wildlife areas with 550,000 acres of hunting land.

Firearms Laws

Colorado has very simple gun ownership and carrying laws. You are allowed to bring in a firearm from another state or purchase a gun in Colorado as long as you are not a convicted felon.

It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. It is illegal to carry any firearm onto a school property.

When carrying a firearm in Colorado, and you are not actively participating in hunting, it is best to keep your firearm unloaded. It is illegal to carry a loaded long barrel firearm in your vehicle, though the laws are different for handguns. To be sure you are compliant, keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.

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