HUNTERS PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, WIA Properties depicted on the Mesa, Garfield and Las Animas County maps, and a few properties in Baca County will are closed to WIA hunting until further notice. Initially these properties were slated to open on September 1, but CPW has been unable to finalize the access agreements for these properties. WIA signs have been temporarily removed from these properties and access is not allowed under the WIA program. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to opening these properties at a later date.
Small Game Walk-In Atlas
The full version of the 2013 Interactive Walk-In Atlas and the 2013 Interactive Late Cropland Atlas are available.
Properties enrolled for 2013-2014 include Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) grasslands, sandsage and cholla rangelands, and cultivated cropland. Properties are enrolled for a variety of hunting opportunities, including pheasant, dove, scaled and bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbit, furbearers, and in some cases, ducks and geese. Habitat and small game populations within the core Walk-In Access range of eastern Colorado has been severely impacted by drought the last few years. Hopefully, conditions have begun to moderate across the range as summer has progressed, although hunters should expect drought impacted habitat to the norm for 2013. Regardless, there are still good hunting opportunities available.
WIA strives to be a very convenient program with both the hunters who use the program and with the landowners that enroll lands. Other than holding a small game hunting license and associated requirements, a hunter does not need a special permit to hunt on Walk-In Access Properties. However, hunters do need to mindful that their actions when hunting on these lands are a critical factor in a landowner's decision to enroll property. With that objective in mind, please remember these important regulations:
- Regular Walk-In Access Properties are open for access on September 1 through the end of February.
- Late Cropland Walk-In Access Properties are open for access from the opening day of pheasant season through the end of February.
- Lands enrolled in and posted as Extended Walk-In Access properties are open from the opening day of pheasant season through the end of March annually.
- Statewide, species of take is restricted to small game, furbearers and waterfowl; Hunters may not hunt or harvest Gambel’s quail, Gunnison sage-grouse or greater sage-grouse from Walk-In Access Properties.
- Public access is permitted from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset; For waterfowl hunting, access is allowed from 2 hours before sunrise to 2 hours after sunset.
- Access shall be by foot only. Entry by horseback, motorized vehicle or other means is prohibited.
- Access is prohibited as posted when the landowner is actively harvesting crops.
Access to all Walk-In properties is for hunting only. Hunters must comply with Habitat Stamp requirements.
To promote safe hunting and to help landowners efficiently harvest crops, some WIA properties, primarily grass sprinkler corners adjacent to irrigated corn fields, will be closed to WIA hunting when landowners are actively harvesting crops. Specifically, when harvesting machines are harvesting the associated corn field, sprinkler corners are CLOSED to all WIA hunting. In most cases, corners will only be closed for a day or two while the landowner completes harvest. All sprinkler corners will be posted with closure signs in addition to regular boundary signs. Adhering to this temporary closure will help us maintain excellent working relations with landowners, and will contribute to keeping high quality sprinkler corners open to public walk-in hunting.
Hunters may download individual maps below. Hunters, please note that the posting of WIA boundary signs on Late Cropland properties is currently underway. Signing of these properties will not be completed until early November.Guidelines
Hunting licenses and habitat stamps are available for sale online & by phone. Remember, licenses are now by season-year. See "License Requirements" on page 42 of the Small Game Regulations Brochure (5.5MB).
Hunters can contribute greatly to the Walk-in Access Program's success by remembering one of the program's core rules: Be considerate of the landowners who choose to participate in the program and those who do not participate. Other guidelines for the use of these properties include:
- Public access to these private parcels will be permitted for hunting small game, waterfowl and furbearers only.
- All hunting must occur during established seasons as listed in the 2013-2014 Small Game Regulations Brochure and the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Regulations Brochure.
- Park where there is no danger of fire.
- Leave no trash in fields.
- Do not clean game in or along the edges WIA properties.
- Determine field boundaries before hunting.
- Access for big game hunting is allowed only with landowner’s permission. Small game hunters will have access to Walk-in properties during big game seasons.
- Hunters must walk into enrolled properties.
- Access by vehicle, horseback or other means is prohibited.
Enrolled properties will be clearly marked with “Walk-in Access” signs. Hunters may view a full description of WIA signs on page 4 of the Interactive Walk-In Atlas Brochure.
2013 - 2014 Atlas Maps
Hunters should not hunt on any properties that have not been posted with the Walk-in Access Boundary signs.
Hunters, please note that the posting of WIA boundary signs on Late Cropland properties is currently underway. Signing of these properties will not be completed until early November.
Regular property maps:
New in 2012: We now create our Walk-In Atlas maps with embedded coordinates so it is easier to locate a property when you are in the field. Hunters can download Geospatial PDF maps below, browse the properties, and bring up coordinates on your computer at home. For hunters with smart phones, you can also download apps for Android or Apple iPhone that access latitude/longitude coordinates within the PDF and perform other mapping functions.
To open the maps, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. All links open in a new window.