One-day, abbreviated hunter education courses ('CRASH' courses) are intended, primarily, for non-resident hunters who wish to hunt in Colorado but do not have a valid hunter education (HE) certificate/card from their state of residence. (Colorado residents are, of course, welcome to take a CRASH course!)
CRASH courses are taught during one, eight-hour day of intensive instruction, within one week of the opening of a regular, big game rifle season. (Testing and live fire is in addition to instructional time.) This compressed instruction and scheduling enables non-resident hunters to come to Colorado, take and pass the hunter education course, and hunt—all in concert with their trip.
Successful completion of a CRASH course earns a temporary Colorado Hunter Education Certificate, valid until the end of the calendar year in which the course was taken and passed. Fees for a CRASH course may not exceed twenty dollars.
Links to CRASH course offerings are found in the box to the right. The schedule is updated often, so check back if you don't find one convenient for you today.
Other options to consider are an Internet-based hunter education course, or a full, one-day course. With an Internet-based course, you may be able to complete the course work prior to your arrival, then join a class here for final testing and range qualification. This can earn a permanent HE card. Be sure to make prior arrangements with an instructor (see listings to the right) before beginning the course! If you cannot find an Internet course scheduled, go the Internet Course page for instructions about contacting one.
Some HE courses are scheduled for one, intensive, twelve-hour day. Unlike CRASH courses, these entitle the successful student to a permanent HE card. Again, see the listings to the right.