As with any other state, there are numerous regulations that have to be followed when planning a hunt in the state. First, hunters must take and complete the hunter education certification course. Then they may choose and pay for their license.
Out of state, nonresident licenses are more expensive than for residents, and prices vary depending on what you are hunting. But the thrill of hunting here makes it well worth the price for those who are from out of state.
As for seasons, this varies greatly on the type of animal that you will be hunting. Like most states, smaller game is generally included with the cost of the license itself. But larger game like elk, moose, and pronghorn can only be taken if you are chosen in a lottery. Some of the most popular seasons include:
• Moose – September 8-23 for Archery, October 1-14 for Rifle
• Deer/Elk – August 25-September 23 for Archery, Multiple Rifle Seasons
• Bear – September 2-30 for Archery, September 2-30 and October 13-18 for rifle
These are just a few of the primary hunting seasons. Anyone between 18 and 64 is required to purchase a habitat stamp to buy or apply for their preferred type of hunt and the entry into the draw. Only an application fee is required, which is $3. If you are chosen in the draw, you will then be charged the full fee of the license or preference point. Hunters may also purchase a lifetime habitat stamp in order to avoid having to purchase one every year.
All of the pricing for hunting licenses are designed to help cover management costs and resource usage throughout the state. The state uses the fees to help maintain one of the best areas to hunt in, and this is a key part of why every year so many hunters visit Colorado to bag their trophy.
There are numerous outfitters and camps that also allow hunters to access the best big game hunting as well as having a base camp with primary comforts before and after the hunt, further making the experience of hunting here one of the absolute best that you can have.